Associate Professional Officers

Associate Professional Officer (APO) positions funded by The Netherlands

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is seeking qualified candidates for the two Associated Professional Officer (APO) positions listed below:

This opening is addressed exclusively to Dutch candidates

This opening is addressed exclusively to candidates from eligible developing countries. To view the list of eligible developing countries, please visit the website of the Nedworc Foundation in the Netherlands at:

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

Before applying, please carefully read the vacancy announcements to check whether you meet the specific eligibility criteria regarding nationality and possess the required qualifications and experience.

Contract information

In principle, the duration of an APO assignment funded by the Netherlands is up to maximum of 36 months.  An assignment is limited to one posting, irrespective of the length of the posting.

APOs shall be appointed for an initial period of 12 months (extendable to a maximum of three years). APOs shall be appointed as FAO staff members at the P-1 scale, step 1, or at the P-2 scale, step 1, in the first year depending on the level of education and relevant work experience.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit their applications through the FAO iRecruitment online system. To apply, please follow the below steps:

  1. Register in iRecruitment to create your account and complete your online profile by clicking here. For step-by-step instructions, please consult the Guidelines for Applicants. For any assistance in registering and    applying, please contact our help desk at
  2. Attach to your online profile a Letter of Motivation and a copy of your highest academic achievement.
  3. Apply to the “Call for Applications” No. IRC2855 (Food Security and Rural Development, Rwanda) and IRC2854 (Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Drylands, Ethiopia) by 24 May 2015. 

Vacancies will be automatically removed from the site at 23:59 hrs CET on the deadline for application date.

Please ensure that you have completed your online profile in all sections and attached the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an automatic online acknowledgement. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For information regarding the APO Programme funded by the Netherlands, please refer to Nedworc Foundation in the Netherlands.

For general information regarding FAO, please refer to FAO official website.

“Field experience at the early stages of one's career is valuable ... it helps you think from experience, rather than just thinking with your head.” - Baku Takahashi, Japanese APO


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