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Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply

Does FAO publish any vacancy announcements for internships?

Does FAO publish any vacancy announcements for internships?

FAO advertises “Calls for Expression of Interest”, which are published on its employment website. Interested candidates should apply on-line through iRecruitment.

I have problems in completing my on-line application form and I don’t know how to attach my letter of motivation. Who should I contact?

I have problems in completing my on-line application form and I don’t know how to attach my letter of motivation. Who should I contact?

If you are experiencing problems in registering or logging into your account, please contact our Help Desk at: iRecruitment@fao.orgNOTE: This e-mail address does not accept applications.

When and how will I be informed about the outcome of my application?

When and how will I be informed about the outcome of my application?

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the responsible hiring office.  

If I am not selected for an interview, can I be considered for the next call?

If I am not selected for an interview, can I be considered for the next call?

FAO does not keep a roster of applicants. If interested, you will have to reapply when the next Call for Expression of Interest is published.

My University is willing to pay for my internship assignment. What should I do?

My University is willing to pay for my internship assignment. What should I do?

Academic or government institutions may wish to enter into a formal agreement with FAO by contacting the Internship Programme Team at Internship-Programme@fao.org.

Is there a different application procedure to be followed for individual and sponsored candidates?

Is there a different application procedure to be followed for individual and sponsored candidates?

The application is the same in both cases. Candidates must complete their on-line application form through i-Recruitment and apply for the Calls for Expression of Interest. A letter of motivation and the evidence of attendance at a recognized University must be attached to the application in the documents section. 

Eligibility Criteria

I am 30 years old now. Am I eligible for an internship assignment?

I am 30 years old now. Am I eligible for an internship assignment?

Yes, you are eligible as long as your 31st birthday does not fall before the beginning of the internship assignment. 

What do I have to include in the letter of motivation?

What do I have to include in the letter of motivation?

Your letter of motivation should include the reason for wishing to participate in the programme, the unit or area of work where you wish to undertake the assignment. Candidates affiliated with a University or institution with whom FAO has concluded an Internship Agreement may wish to mention this in the letter of motivation.

I have a family member working as a consultant in FAO. Am I eligible for an internship assignment?

I have a family member working as a consultant in FAO. Am I eligible for an internship assignment?

No. Individuals with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother, father) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement, are not eligible for the Internship Programme.

Conditions of Service

Which country will I be assigned if selected as an intern?

Which country will I be assigned if selected as an intern?

Preferably, interns are assigned to FAO offices/project locations in their own country or country of residence, excluding non-family duty stations, unless they are residing in that duty station prior to the start of the internship assignment.

Which types of tasks does the Internship Programme offer?

Which types of tasks does the Internship Programme offer?

The Terms of Reference (TORs) will be prepared by the hiring office concerned before the beginning of the assignment and shared with the selected candidate. Tasks will be at an entry level, in line with  FAO Strategic Objectives and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

What is the duration of an internship assignment?

What is the duration of an internship assignment?

The duration of an internship assignment is between 3 and 11 months.

Living in the Duty Station

Once selected as an intern, will I receive any financial support from FAO?

Once selected as an intern, will I receive any financial support from FAO?

Yes. Interns will receive a stipend in local currency and not exceeding US$ 700 per month. However, kindly note that this provision is currently under revision.  Stipend for sponsored interns will be directly provided by the sponsoring institutions.

Is there any financial or organizational support for accommodation?

Is there any financial or organizational support for accommodation?

No. Interns (or their sponsoring institutions as case may be) are responsible for their own accommodation at the duty station. However, medical coverage related to service-incurred is provided, with FAO paying the full premium. Interns will be responsible for arranging, at their own expense, medical insurance covering non-service incurred during the duration of the assignment.

If I have more questions to ask, to whom should I address them?

If I have more questions to ask, to whom should I address them?

You can contact the FAO Internship Programme Team at Internship-Programme@fao.org. Please note that this e-mail does not accept applications.