Provided by: IFAD
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. It resolved that "an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries."
The regular Internship Programme (IP) and Enhanced Internship Programme (EIP) offer a unique learning experience of six months to recent university graduates or students who are currently specializing in areas of work relevant to IFAD's mission.
The Internship Programme is a learning assignment of a professional nature that at promoting amongst the participants a better understanding of the United Nations and IFAD's work. Interns are fully involved in the work of the Division that has selected them to carry out assignments relevant to their studies under the supervision of a professionalIFAD staff member.
The Enhanced Internship Programme, in particular, is designed to enhance geographic distribution of staff at IFAD and is open to candidates who meet the below eligibility criteria and who are not residing in Rome.
Applications must be submitted through IFAD's online recruitment system. Interns will be selected for positions as and when needed by hiring managers at IFAD. Candidates will be contacted by interested IFAD divisions.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
- be enrolled in a university or graduate school, have attended courses in the last 12 months, and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies when joining IFAD through the programme or;
- have recently completed university studies at the undergraduate or postgraduate level;
- be fluent in English; fluency in other IFAD official languages is an asset. In the case of interns recruited in IFAD country office locations, fluency in the main country language may be required;
- be 30 years of age or younger. The EIP, in particular, is designed to enhance geographic distribution of staff at IFAD and is open to candidates who meet the above eligibility criteria and who are not based in Rome.
Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
Cost/funding for participants:
Terms of employment
Participants in the Internship Programme will be paid a monthly allowance based on a percentage of the January Daily Subsistence Allowance of the assigned duty station. Participants in the Enhanced Internship Programme Programme that are not recruited in their country of permanent residence will receive a housing and travel allowance in addition to the monthly allowance.
Interns must carry their own medical insurance coverage valid worldwide or in the duty station of assignment.
Internship assignments will be limited to a maximum cumulative period of six months, with no possibility of extension or hiring under any other contractual type. A former participant in the Internship Programme can be re-engaged as a consultant or appointed to any fixed-term (after competition) or short-term positions including national professional positions, no sooner than six months after the end date of the internship. Family members, other than recognized spouses or domestic partners are not eligible for this programme.