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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Vacancy Announcement No: IRC2965
Position Title: Assistant FAO Representative (Administration)
Duty STATION: Trinidad and TOBAGO
GRADE LEVEL : NO-A
Deadline For Application: 28 August 2015
DURATION: 2 Years
Programme administration and financial management, including accounting and personnel
• Provides support in the areas of administration, finance and budgetary control;
• Maintains all financial records and monitoring systems of the office and assists with
monitoring of various accounts; supervises and/or maintains imprest accounts; ensures
that operational expenditures are in accordance with approved budgets and that all
committing documents are complete and consistent; and reports variations from budgets
• Supervises the administrative team;
• Assisting with organizing and/or retrieving, entering, selecting and analysing data from
a wide variety of sources, including FAO's corporate systems;
• Prepares financial and administrative correspondence for the office, including the
processing of payments in accordance established rules; maintains a filing system;
and ensures that an appropriate paper trail with key documentation is archived.
• Assists with the preparation of recurring reports on programme, project and office
accounts; provides support in the preparation of reports for budget planning, audits and
other related requests ; and liaises with local banks and financial institutions;
• Monitors the receipt of Government contributions and ensures that all procurement and
custom clearances for programmes, projects and the office are properly requested and
• Ensures the compliance with the Organization's security guidelines (Minimum
Operational Security Standards -- MOSS).
• University degree in a field related to business or public administration and three years
of relevant experience in office management, administration, accounting and/or audit,
budget or finance OR Advanced university degree in a field related to business or public
administration and one year of relevant experience in office management, administration,
accounting and/or audit, budget or finance
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions
• Extent and relevance of experience in the field of office management and administration
including supervisory experience
• Extent of knowledge of UN or standard operational rules and procedures and
project/programme administrative management procedures
• Extent of knowledge of FAO's corporate systems and data base, or knowledge of other
accounting or financial modules or applications relevant to accounting procedures or
project budget management would be considered an asset
• Demonstrated analytical and judgment skills and ability to apply rules and regulations in
the subject field
VALENCIA---All the lady wanted was
some chicken. But in shortage-plagued
Venezuela, she waited in line five
hours, only to go home empty-hand-
"I got here at 5.30 am and came away
with nothing! It is just not fair that
you have to work so hard---and then
put up with these lines," said an exas-
perated Lileana Diaz, a 49-year-old
receptionist at a hospital emergency
Venezuelans have been enduring
shortages of the most basic goods, such
as toilet paper, for more than a year.
In Caracas, a cottage industry has
emerged with people who will wait in
line for you---at a price.
But things are even worse outside
The problems are staggering here in
Valencia, an industrial city west of the
capital of this oil-rich country.
Valencia has big factories that pro-
duce food and other essentials. Still,
the list of goods in short supply is long.
It includes coffee, cooking oil, corn-
meal, soap, detergent, you name it.
Chicken is one of the most coveted.
Frustrated shoppers like Diaz are legion.
One tells the story of people who
climbed over a fence to get a good place
in line outside a store, prompting police
to intervene and stop scuffles that broke
Another lady shopper shows off a
nasty bruise on her right leg, thanks
to a fight she got into as she tried to
buy disposable diapers.
In recent weeks, the lines of people
waiting hopefully outside supermarkets
and stores have grown longer in cities
away from the coast, such as Maracaibo,
Puerto Ordaz and Cumana.
Venezuelan media have reported sit-
uations of nerves running very, very
high and shoppers coming close to loot-
At times it has gotten that bad, in
fact. In late January, one person died
and dozens were arrested in the chaos
of a looting outbreak at stores in the
town of San Felix in the southern state
Pedro Palma, an economist, says that
historically governments in Venezuela
try to keep Caracas better stocked with
essentials, to the detriment of other
"It is in their interest to avoid critical
situations in Caracas so as not to see
a social explosion with truly dramatic
consequences," Palma told AFP.
In another supermarket in Valencia,
a line 50 yards long snakes away from
"We call these holding out hope
lines, because once you get inside, there
is nothing on the shelves," said Oscar
Oroste, a 53-year-old chef.
Oroste said that until recently, people
would wait in line knowing what was
available to buy. "Now, people are in
line but do not even know what they
will be sold."
Venezuelans go from supermarket to
supermarket, and store to store, clam-
ouring for basic necessities which have
prices regulated by the leftist govern-
But some buy just to resell at a hand-
some profit, and economists say that
is another source of the shortages.
No one knows exactly how bad the
situation is, in numbers.
The central bank has not released
figures on shortages since March 2014.
Then, it said 29.4 per cent of the items
the average household needs is in short
Some private companies warn that
the problem---exacerbated by lower oil
prices, the source of virtually all hard
currency in Venezuela---has got much
worse since then. Venezuela imports
most of its food and basic necessities.
In the long lines, people digest their
woes with a mix of humour, resignation
At another supermarket in Valencia,
a whopping 600 people stood in line
under a blazing sun to buy powdered
Graciela Duran, a retiree, got a kilo
of it after waiting for four hours.
"I was lucky today, Sometimes I
come and there is nothing," she said.
"Waiting in huge lines is what we
do all day, every day," said Duran,
shielding herself from the sun with an
A dozen police were stationed at the
entrance of the store and around the
parking lot through which the queue
A truck drove by and the driver
shouted out sarcastically: "Homeland,
homeland, beloved homeland."
That comes from a song that late
president Hugo Chavez used to sing
and is heard often on government-run
media and at official events. (AFP)
Away from Caracas,
shortages even worse
People queue outside a supermarket in Valencia, west of Caracas, on August 11.
Venezuelans go from supermarket to supermarket, and store to store, clamoring
for basic necessities which have prices regulated by the government. AFP PHOTOS
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