Employment at FAO

The FAO Regular Volunteer Programme provides opportunities for individuals to contribute their volunteer actions, where suitable, to support the work of FAO in connection to FAO's Strategic Framework and to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Programme proactively and strategically mobilizes broad-based volunteer services of nationals of FAO Members to contribute to end hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

FAO does not provide any remuneration to FAO Regular Volunteers.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality: candidates must be nationals of FAO Members.
  • Education: candidates must have completed secondary school education.
  • Languages: candidates must have working knowledge of at least one FAO official language (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian). Knowledge of a second FAO official language will be considered an asset.
  • Age: candidates must be aged 18 or older.
  • Skills: candidates should be able to adapt to an international multicultural environment, have good communication skills and be knowledgeable in the use of basic computer programmes.
  • Residence/Visa status: candidates should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the country of assignment.
  • Family relation: candidates with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement are not eligible for the FAO Regular Volunteer Programme.
How to apply

Apply to the “Call for Expression of Interest”, which is published on our career portal.

Interested candidates should apply on-line through the career portal enclosing  a motivation letter to their application.

Only selected candidates will be contacted. 

Candidates who are not selected before the closing date and wish to be continuously considered for an assignment are requested to re-apply to the new Calls.

For more details, please visit Volunteer FAQ page.