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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has reinforced its presence in Ukraine by signing an agreement
with the Government to set up a Project Office that will facilitate and expand the provision of technical and humanitarian assistance
to the country’s most vulnerable communities, especially in rural areas.

Ukraine joined FAO in 2003 and since 2015 the Organization has been operating in two strategic directions\: emergency
humanitarian response in conflict-affected oblasts and agricultural development across the whole country. Following the outbreak of
the war in Ukraine in February 2022, FAO has scaled up its activities in the country to support agricultural production and food
systems with the aim of protecting the food security of vulnerable households and communities across Ukraine.

To implement its 2023 Response Plan for Ukraine, FAO requires USD 205 million to restore the food security and self-sufficiency of
500 000 rural households in seven frontline oblasts and other areas heavily impacted by the war, to restore agricultural production
and critical value chains by providing support to small- and medium-sized producers, and to provide coordination and technical
support to the Government of Ukraine to support critical food system services.

The Response Plan was formulated to respond to the priority intervention areas and target beneficiaries outlined by the Ministry of
Agrarian Policy and Food (MAPF), to be consistent with the UN-wide response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and to
respond to the distinct needs of vulnerable rural households and small- and medium-sized agricultural producers across the
humanitarian-development-peace-nexus with a focus on responding to immediate needs while also building resilience. In addition,
the Response Plan delineates FAO’s role in generating accurate, timely analysis and evidence of the food security and sectoral
situations in Ukraine to inform the programming of FAO and other development partners as well the Government of Ukraine’s policy
response and related actions. Furthermore, the Response Plan has been formulated to complement FAO’s development portfolio
that was being implemented prior to the outbreak of the war.

This role is based full-time in Odesa, Ukraine.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Designated Responsible Officer, the direct supervision of the Head of Field Office – Odesa, and
in close coordination with relevant administrative, programme, and operations colleagues in all FAO Ukraine offices.

Technical Focus

The driver will be in contact with FAO personnel from all levels of the country office, with national and international visitors, officials from the Government and other UN Agencies, project managers, consultants, and other personnel from within and external to the organization. He/she is often the first point of contact for people from outside the country office. He/she interacts on a day-to-day basis with personnel and officials from local office to ensure smooth programme operations of the Project activities in the targeted locations.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Drive the FAO personnel and official country visitors on official local missions, as necessary.
• Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, transportation/vehicle expenditures, repairs, etc.
• Ensures day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes, etc.; ensures that the assigned vehicle has sufficient gas and is always ready for use; perform minor repairs and timely arrange for any other repairs necessary to keep the car safe and technically sound, maintain the vehicle in clean conditions.
• Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts.
• Ensures that all immediate actions required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in an accident; Ensures that in that case all organizational and local country rules, security measures and protocols of FAO and UNDSS related to driving and road safety are followed correctly.
• Collect and deliver mail, documents, pouches, small procurements, and other items from and to the field office; go to the post office, airport, government agencies, project sites to take and deliver items and communications; keep records as required.
• When needed, assists the Field Office staff in performing simple clerical duties such as making and answering telephone calls, making photocopies, keeping records, etc.
• Perform other related duties as requested.


Minimum Requirements

• Secondary education completed
• At least 3 years’ work experience as a driver, preferably with UN/NGO
• Working knowledge (Level C or native) of Ukrainian and/or Russian
• National of Ukraine

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Intermediate knowledge (Level B) of English is an advantage
• Good knowledge of the local driving rules and regulations, as well as skills in minor vehicle repair.
• A high degree of punctuality and reliability is required.
• Good knowledge of local conditions.
• Ability to cope and adapt to a schedule with extended working hours.

Selection Criteria

• Valid Ukrainian driver’s license (B, C1, or C category)
• Knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair
• Safe driving record


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website\: http\://
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

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


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance\: https\://


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