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Frequently asked questions

Which countries sponsor APOs?

Which countries sponsor APOs?

At the moment governments offering their citizens sponsorship to the APO Programme in FAO are: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea  and the United States. Nationals of a developing country can be sponsored into the programme by donors such as the Netherlands.

Are there age restrictions?

Are there age restrictions?

Depending on the donor policy, APOs are generally required to be under the age of 32.

Are APOs provided with compensation and benefits - such as salary and health insurance – during their assignment?

Are APOs provided with compensation and benefits - such as salary and health insurance – during their assignment?

The donor covers travel, salary, UN Pension, life, health and permanent disability insurance APOs are full FAO staff members (at the P-1 or P-2 level) and as such enjoy the same rights and benefits as all FAO staff.

Do APOs receive formal training as part of their assignment?

Do APOs receive formal training as part of their assignment?

APOs are allotted funds by their donor for formal training courses. The amount is determined by the donor. In consultation with their supervisor, the funds may be used to attend training that will improve the APO's knowledge and skills. Training can either be in-house at FAO Headquarters or external courses through universities or international institutions.

What is the role of an APO Supervisor?

What is the role of an APO Supervisor?

Supervisors provide continued guidance on technical issues as well as the FAO environment and institutional framework. When APOs come on board, their supervisor provides a thorough briefing and a work plan (that is updated annually) in consultation with the APO. The supervisors should make themselves available to the APOs throughout the course of their assignments, providing feedback and mentorship.