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United Nations Fellowship Programme, 2017 | Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger and to support development in member countries in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and forestry. FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

The Fellowship Programme is designed to attract fellows, typically PhD students, researchers and professors, who have an advanced level of relevant technical knowledge and experience in any field of the Organization.

They are willing to fulfill their specialized learning objectives and at the same time, contribute their technical expertise and knowledge through time-bound arrangements with FAO. Assignments should be in line with FAO Strategic Objectives and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Reporting Lines

The fellow will report to an assigned supervisor.

Technical Focus

The fellow will be assigned to different fields of work according to their profile and to the needs of the Organization.

Tasks and responsibilities

The fellow will perform the functions specified in the Terms of Reference (TOR), prepared by the hiring office before the beginning of the assignment and agreed by the fellow.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Graduate or post-graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) or be enrolled in a PhD programme.
  • Working knowledge of at least one FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish). Knowledge of a second FAO official language will be considered an asset.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Be nationals of FAO Member Nations
  • Age: no age limits.
  • 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.
  • Candidates with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement are not be eligible for the Fellowship Programme.
  • Candidates should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the country of assignment.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
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Technical/Functional Skills

Relevant working or research experience in one of the fields of the Organization.

Selection Criteria

Candidates may be assigned in a field relevant to the mission and work of FAO.

How to Apply

To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/  and complete your online profile. Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a research proposal.

Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: iRecruitment@fao.org

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • All applications will be reviewed and only qualified applicants will be contacted directly for interviews by the hiring office.
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application,
  • interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: iRecruitment@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • FAO does not provide remuneration to fellows.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
FAO IS A NON-SMOKING ENVIRONMENT
Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
FAO strongly encourages candidates from the Global South and Indigenous Peoples to apply to this Call for Expression of Interest.
Application Deadline: 31/12/2017.
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