Name: Simone Borelli
Position: Programme Officer, Office of Support to Decentralization
Duty Station: Rome, Italy
- What prompted you to apply for FAO?
I am have forestry background and I specialized in watershed management in dry climates. After a few years of working as a consultant, as I had a keen interest in working in developing countries, I applied for the Associate Experts programme funded by Italy and I was fortunate enough to be assigned to FAO. Since then, I have changed positions a few times and I am now working in the Division that supports FAO’s network of decentralized offices.
- What are you most proud of in your work?
I am proud to work for FAO because I think our Organization is instrumental in providing technical assistance, policy advice and knowledge to member countries on how to address hunger and malnutrition. Through my work I feel I can contribute to making sure that knowledge becomes action and that our decentralized offices are both efficient and effective in providing FAO’s services to all relevant stakeholders.
- What does a normal day at work look like for you?
There is no such thing as a normal day at work… Every day bring new challenges and we have to come up with solutions to ensure that our colleagues in the field have all the necessary support to carry out their work. Luckily, in the last few years a lot of matters have been further decentralized and our life is no longer so hectic.
- What advice would you give someone wishing to join FAO?
If you feel that you would like to make a difference, FAO is definitely a place you should consider. Of course, as it is a global organization, the selection process is very competitive. Therefore, you should ensure that you have a solid technical background, good language skills, but most of all enthusiasm and commitment to make the world a better place.