National Project Assistant

Job Type

: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location

: Azerbaijan-Baku

Duration: 11 months (with possibility of extension)

Post Number: N/A

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting:

FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan

Reports to:

Melek Cakmak, Head of Office


Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in  Azerbaijan, operational supervision of Assistant FAOR, Program/Operations Officer and the FAPP Manager, in close collaboration with the staff of the Office, technical experts and project personnel (national and international consultants) and in close collaboration with the project counterparts, especially the Agrarian Credits and Development Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, the Project Assistant will be responsible for the following activities:


  • Support Project Manager in daily follow up and coordination of the project’s implementation according to the approved workplan.
  • Liaise between FAO, the national project team and the related ministries and institutions, coordinating their work.
  • Initiate and follow-through all necessary administrative actions, following FAO standard procedures and requirements.
  • Assist in the timely implementation of procurement actions and contracts according to FAO procedures.
  • Provide administrative support for the arrangements for workshops, training, seminars, recruitment of national consultants and field days as required according to the workplan.
  • Provide administrative support for field missions.
  • Participate and assist in summarizing the results of surveys as well as findings from meetings in the regions.
  • Support the development of the PR strategy for the project; assist the preparation of visibility materials and communication materials by providing necessary inputs and information that will be used in outreach and mass media campaigns.
  • Support the overall monitoring of programme through providing necessary inputs on a regular basis and assisting in drafting and finalizing the preparation of reports.
  • Drafting minutes of meetings and sharing them in a timely matter.
  • Perform other duties as required.



Minimum Requirements:


  • University/Master’s degree on social and administrative sciences such as economics, statistics, business administration, political sciences, international relations, sociology, social work, development studies with a focus on rural and community development and/or a degree on agrarian sciences or agronomy with an understanding of social and economic dimensions of rural and agrarian contexts
  • Experience working with rural communities, rural business development or organization of trainings
  • Knowledge or ability of learning and understanding the FAO Guidelines;
  • Fluency in written and spoken in English and Azerbaijani; Russian will be asset.
  • Minimum 3 years of working experience in similar assignments (project/program management)
  • National of Azerbaijan or resident in the country



FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement



Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


• FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
• Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:
• Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
• Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
• For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:

To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
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