Country Administrative Assistant Job Vacancy at IFAD, Istanbul Turkey

Administrative Assistant IFAD

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is inviting applications from the eligible candidates for the post of ‘ Country Administrative Assistant ‘, the Job will be based in Istanbul, Turkey with locally engaged staffs. All interesting candidates check their eligibility below and Apply to the vacancy.

Job Post: Country Administrative Assistant

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Organization: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Last date to Apply: 30th September 2020

1 October 2020

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Job Summary

he Administrative Assistant (AA) post is located in an IFAD Sub-regional Hub and reports directly to the Country Director heading the office. S/He works collaboratively with the full array of the staff located in the assigned hub including technical staff from the Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD), financial staff from the Financial Operations Department (FOD), SSTC and partnerships staff from the External Relations and Governance Department (ERG) in addition to those staff programme staff in PMD, including the Country Programme Assistant based in her/his Sub-regional Hub. S/He is accountable for routine office communications, operational and secretarial support services to contribute to a smooth implementation of the hub plan and to ensure efficient workflow and effective management of information. The accountabilities/key results expected are:

  • Routine Office Communications & Workflow
  • Operational Support
  • Office Support
  • Administrative Functions

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1. COMMUNICATIONS & WORKFLOW: Facilitates the communications and workflow of the Hub and between the Hub and HQ, to enhance the efficiency and timeliness of outputs in meeting corporate targets. Accountabilities typically include managing incoming and outgoing correspondence, e-mails and telephone calls; researching background documentation; communicating routine and some non-routine information pertaining to the work of the office; establishing/maintaining the office filing and reference systems, both traditional and digital; and ensuring the inter/intra-net websites are up to date and accurate.

2. OPERATIONAL SUPPORT: Facilitates the work of the team to ensure integrity in the use of resources and adherence to established rules and procedures. Accountabilities typically include ERP data entry and reporting activities as originator; applying internal procedures and tracking systems for correspondence and documents; verifying work is completed in accordance with IFAD standards and within established deadlines; monitoring work progress and priority cases; organizing meetings and workshops; organizing official travel; administering staff attendance and leave; and identifying and extracting information from various sources and preparing briefing notes. Responsibilities may include:

  • Provide support for the organization of  in-country meetings with internal and external project/programme stakeholders (e.g. project team meetings, negotiations, meetings with governments, country visits of senior management, learning events, etc.), including preparation and dissemination of relevant documentation and scouting for venues and related activities;
  • Uploading and profiling required documents for records management and knowledge management purposes (e.g. in the Operations Library, on xdesk, through IFAD’s electronic records management system), and sharing of information with project partners.
  • Participating in select missions (for administrative support and support organization of events, such as workshops, seminars etc,  as required.
  • The Country Administrative Assistant may also act as a back-up for the Country Programme Assistant during absence on leave or in instances of peak workload.

3. OFFICE SUPPORT: Ensures the full range of office support to the supervisor. Accountabilities typically include preparing briefing materials for official trips or meetings; drafting responses to written inquiries on routine and non-routine questions; coordinating responses to sensitive or complex inquiries; following up on established deadlines and ensuring timely submissions by staff of reports, correspondence and other documents; reviewing all outgoing correspondence and official documents for style, factual and grammatical accuracy as well as conformance with established guidelines and procedures; preparing correspondence for the supervisor’s signature; and may make informal translations of correspondence. Responsibilities may include:

  • Prepare the travel arrangements, including related ERP transactions, for staff located in IFAD’s country office including input of mission dates in corporate system, handling of visas and logistical arrangements, and supporting staff in compliance with UNDSS recommendations on travel;
  • Support the recruitment of non-staff hired by the Hub/ Country Office, including processing of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) related transactions and initiating payment requests;
  • Support office asset administration (including maintenance of IFAD office furnishings and equipment, inventory control and vehicle/fleet management in liaison with the Country Operational Analyst);
  • Provide background/supporting documentation upon request, formatting/drafting standard components of documents, maintaining office records and filing systems ensuring timely submission of appropriate documentation into IFAD’s records management system.


  • Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influence (Level 1)
  • Demonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to change (Level 1)
  • Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovates (Level 1)
  • Focusing on clients: Focuses on clients (Level 1)
  • Problem solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision making ability (Level 1)
  • Managing time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectively (Level 1)
  • Team Work: Contributes effectively to the team (Level 1)
  • Communicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and others (Level 1)
  • Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationships (Level 1)


  • Training and experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as good command of ERP information management systems and other IFAD software such as SharePoint; knowledge of integrated management information systems an asset;
  • Knowledge of IFAD administrative policies and procedure, including UN/IFAD regulations and rules pertaining to travel, HR and procurement, including inventory control;
  • Organizational, planning and prioritizing skills and abilities;
  • Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with visitors;
  • Sense of initiative and good judgment;
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural background.

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Eligibility Criteria

Education:Secondary school education is required.

Experience:At least three (3) years of secretarial and/or clerical experience. Programme experience of at least one year is desirable.

Language requirements: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Working knowledge of another official language (Arabic, French, or Spanish) is desirable.

Other: Must be a national of Turkey, or hold a valid working permit for Turkey.

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