Internship Programme for Africa (RAF) At The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Internship Programme for Africa (RAF) At The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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Internship Programme for Africa (RAF) At The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) spearheads global initiatives to eradicate hunger and achieve comprehensive food security, ensuring that individuals have consistent access to an ample supply of high-quality food for active and healthy living. Operating in more than 130 countries with over 195 Member States, FAO believes in the collective responsibility of everyone to contribute to ending hunger.

The Internship Programme, specifically the Regional Office for Africa (RAF), seeks to engage enthusiastic young individuals, both men and women, who are driven to share their fresh perspectives, inventive ideas, and recent academic experiences within FAO’s spheres of influence. This initiative offers participants a valuable learning experience, enabling them to enhance their academic knowledge through practical work assignments aligned with FAO’s mission.

During their internship at FAO, participants will actively contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and FAO’s Strategic Framework, supporting the 2030 Agenda. The aim is to facilitate the transformation towards more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agri-food systems. This transformation seeks to improve production, enhance nutrition, foster a healthier environment, and ultimately contribute to a better life for all, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Reporting Lines

  • The intern will report to an assigned supervisor.

Technical Focus 

  • The intern will be assigned to different fields of work according to his/her profile and to the needs of the Organization.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • The intern will perform the functions specified in the Terms of Reference (TOR) prepared by the hiring office.


Minimum Requirements

•    Enrolled in an under-graduate, graduate degree programme in a “bona fide” educational institution at the time of application or recent graduate. Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
•    Candidates must specialize in a field relevant to the mission and work of FAO.
•    Working knowledge of at least one FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish). Knowledge of a second FAO language will be considered an asset.
•    Be nationals of FAO Members. 
•    Candidates should be aged between 21 and 30.
•    Candidates should be able to adapt to an international multicultural environment and have good communication skills.

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Relevant academic studies in one of the fields of the Organization

Closure Date: 26th August 2024


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