Information and Communications Technology Assistant Job at The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) – An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO’s staff capacity allows it to support improved governance inter alia, generate, develop and adapt existing tools and guidelines and provide targeted governance support as a resource to country and regional level FAO offices. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Information and Communications Technology Assistant

 Maiduguri, Borno
Organizational Unit: FAO Nigeria (FRNIR)
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Duration: 6 months renewable

Organizational Setting

  • The main aim of the FAO country offices, which is headed by the FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, (crops livestock, fisheries and forestry sectors), and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner
  • Massive population displacements and insecurity in the Lake Chad basin have put livelihoods and food security at high risk.

Reporting Lines

  • Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative and Technical Supervision of the IT Officer in the Country Office in close collaboration with the Emergency Coordinator.

Technical Focus

  • Monitors, operates, or coordinates and assists others in the IT support and operation, in particular with the Office Technology Coordinator (OTC) in order to achieve desired results.
  • The incumbent is accountable for the IT support and operation at the level of the FAO Emergency Response Prorammes in the North East of the Country
  • She/he is responsible to understand the corporate setup, rules, regulations and policy and fulfill all the needed competences, skills and certifications needed.
  • The Position’s primary focus is on the areas of IT support and local IT operations in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, user and desktop support (hardware and software), and helpdesk
  • Performs a variety of information technology support duties to ensure smooth delivery of the corporate IT services

The IT Assistant will provide support in the following areas:

User Support:

  • Raise tickets for all IT related incidents in the Emergency office
  • Receive, log and monitor requests related to IT matters concerning the Emergency Programmes, in the Service Desk LANDesk system, resolve IT-related issues pertaining to FAO standard equipment, escalate those issues that cannot be solved to the OTC in the Country Office, monitor progress and resolution.
  • Provide support to missions to the Emergency offices.
  • Assist in the presentation of display materials and Video Conferencing events;
  • Provide first line desktop support to users regarding hardware, software and network/internet issues


Minimum Requirements

  • Candidates with lower qualification but with compensating experience and proven competence can apply
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience in ICT Support services including 2 years within UN agencies would be advantageous.
  • Prior work experience gained in a Service Desk client orientated environment
  • University Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in any of the following fields: Information Systems or Information Technology or Computer Sciences or other closely related fields
  • National of Nigeria.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Network and Connectivity:

  • Maintain an adaptable and effective office network infrastructure (LAN and WAN)
  • Maintain the office technology and technical specification of the network infrastructure (LAN and WAN);
  • Ensure security of the network by following security policies and report problems when they are detected.

IT Equipment:

  • Keep track of IT assets and maintain the local office IT inventory list up-to-date;
  • Monitor IT the use of FAO ICT equipment in accordance with the Organization’s rules
  • Assist to assign new equipment to Emergency staff.


  • Support the IT Services according to the current policies and regulations, ensuring the timely provision of the Post Incident Report (PIR) to the Country office;
  • Troubleshoot requests related to IT hardware, software and services issues, reporting and recording accordingly
  • Manage all troubleshooting through helpdesk, prepare proper logs and keep records of completed tasks on the helpdesk ticketing tracking system.

Planning and Proactive Work:

  • Identify the future needs in the office in terms of equipment, connectivity and informing the Country office;
  • Prepare a Disaster and Incident recovery plan and ensure users are  informed about the planning, execution, lesson learnt and proposed improvements;
  • Support the Country OTC  in providing all the needed assistance to the Emergency office in a timely manner  (IT Management and Support matters);
  • Be aware of all the IT Division policies and ensure to follow them accordingly.


  • Quarterly report on all IT services, Internet, emails, laptop/desktop systems;
  • Quarterly report on physical condition of IT equipment providing timely reports to the Country office for IT record.

Other Tasks:

  • Provide IT assistance to staff and visitors for organizational related issues;
  • Perform any other duty assigned by the OTC related with the IT Services;
  • Stay committed and ready to take-up any assignment given by supervisor and senior management (FAOR).

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement.

Technical / Functional Skills

  • Experience in MS O365 platform support;
  • Hands on experience in Microsoft O365, systems installation and configuration;
  • Strong understanding of desktop and laptop hardware set-up and configuration;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Team work.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Networking and IT Equipment support experience;

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Communication
  • Working with others
  • Organizational skills
  • General.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline 26th February, 2020.


  • Candidates are requested to attach a Letter of Motivation to the online profile
  • Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply
  • People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
  • Candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
  • If you need help, or have queries, please contact:
  • FAO is a non-smoking environment.


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