Senior Driver

Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time -

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an 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, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The position is located in Lusaka, Zambia.
Main Purpose
The Senior Driver is responsible for driving Country Office Staff of FAO Representations and visitors. He/she also provides other transportation related and messenger services for the Country Office Staff of FAO Representations.
Supervision Received/Exercised
The incumbent works under the general supervision of the FAO Representative and the direct supervision of the functional supervisor.
Working Relationships
In his/her function as Senior Driver for the relevant Office, the incumbent is in regular contact with national and international visitors, including high ranking officials from the Government and other (UN) Agencies, with project managers, consultants and other personnel from within and outside 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 offices and service providers.
Key Functions/Results
Drive for the Head of Office and his / her visitors, including high-ranking officials from within and outside the Organization. As necessary also drive for other staff of FAO Representations.
Meet official personnel and visitors at the airport; facilitate immigration, customs formalities, hotel check- in, and other local formalities.
Ensures that the local transportation needs of the FAO Representative are met at all times and ensures the safety, technical soundness and comfort of the vehicle(s).Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, transportation / vehicle related expenditures, vehicle servicing, repairs, etc.
Assist the administrative staff in regular monitoring of the log books and maintenance records.
Ensure day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle(s); check oil, water, battery, tires, etc.; perform minor repairs and timely arrange for any other repairs necessary to keep the vehicle safe and technically sound at all times; maintain the vehicle(s) in clean condition.
Handle local and organizational formalities when involved in an accident; ensure that in this case all organizational and local / country rules, regulations and procedures are followed correctly.
Collect and deliver mail, documents, pouches, and other communications / items from and to the country office; go to the post office, airport, government agencies, other UN agencies, institutions, project sites, etc., to take and deliver items and communications; keep records as required.
Assist the Country Office in performing simple clerical duties such as making and answering telephone calls, making photocopies, keeping records, etc.
Brief and train the junior driver in all the above duties and responsibilities.
Perform other related duties as required.
Impact Of Work
The incumbent’s work impacts on the timely and efficient delivery of the immediate work unit’s programme.
Minimum Requirements
Education: Secondary School Education
Experience: Four years of work experience as a driver. Flawless, safe driving record.
Languages: Working knowledge (Level C) of English
IT Skills: Good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment
Results Focus
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical Skills
Good knowledge of the local driving rules and regulations; skills in minor vehicle repair.
A high degree of punctuality and reliability is required.
Safe driving manner. Good sense of direction and knowledge of local conditions.
Ability to cope with extended working hours.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a technical / competency-based interview.
FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,
Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

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The length of the appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to extension of appointments
General Service Staff are recruited locally. To be eligible for this position, candidates must be nationals of the country of the duty station or possess an existing visa/work permit, and reside within commuting distance of the duty station at the time of the application.”Commuting distance” means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.
No international benefits will be payable as selected candidates are recruited locally and paid in the local currency of the office location
Other similar positions may be filled from this vacancy notice
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