Database & Applications Developer at FAO Somalia

On Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Vacancy Announcement No: FAO/10/2015

Issued on: 29 April 2015
Deadline For Application: 12 May 2015

Grade Level: SC8

Contract Type: Service Contract

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Organizational Unit: FAO-Somalia

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension
Eligible Candidates: Kenyan nationals only
Anticipated start date: Immediately


General Description of Tasks and Objectives to be Achieved: Under the overall supervision of the FAO Somalia Officer in Charge (O.I.C.), the FSNAU Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), and under direct supervision of the Data Systems and Information Manager, the Database and Applications Developer will provide database application programming support as a member of the Data Systems and Information Management Team of the FAO managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU). 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Database and Application programming
  • Program application modules for the FSNAU internal/external usage. These include server and client side programming.
  • Develop various databases using open source programming in a web-based environment, for integration in the FSNAU database system.
  • Attend and conduct necessary meetings to plan and program any modules (database, intranet, web site etc.).
  • Assist in the conceptual development of database driven applications
  • Maintain the FSNAU applications currently in existence and modify/amend whenever necessary.
Training and Documentation
  • Training users (admin and system) using the various database and system applications
  • Documenting programming code and system technical descriptions.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
All components will be programmed using Open Source software and database systems (MySQL, PHP, XML, JSP, Java, ODBC).

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Communication Technology (ICT), Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
Work Experience
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in projects involving database programming and/or application development, database administration, etc.
  • Previous work experience in projects involving database programming and/or application development, database administration, etc.
  • Previous experience programming in Open Source languages and Open Source Operating Systems (MySQL, PHP, Java, HTML, XML, etc)
Technical Competencies
  • At least 3 years’ experience programming experience in Open Source languages and Open Source Operating Systems (MySQL, PHP, Java, HTML, XML, etc).
  • Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.
IT Skills:
  • Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange) etc. 
  • Ability to use accounting software and other information systems and databases to insert data, make enquiries, retrieve/define ad hoc reports and analyses and edit results in appropriate format.
Office Management Skills:
  • Systematic, well-structured and efficient approach to work assignments. 
  • Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency. 
  • Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures.
Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork Skills:
  • The incumbent must possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment. 
  • Tact and courtesy. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background.  
How to Apply:

Interested applicants are required to submit 

(1) a covering letter, 
(2) detailed Curriculum Vitae and 
(3) Personal Profile form (PPF) from FAO iRecruitment.
To create the PPF, please follow the instructions available at: 
In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed.

Please send your application to [email protected] quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. “Database & Applications Developer FAO 10 2015” in the subject heading.

Applications received after the closing date and applications without all the specified/ required documents will not be given consideration.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Displaying No Comments
Have Your Say

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>