FAO Regular Volunteer Programme for Africa (RAF) 2023 at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

 FAO Regular Volunteer Programme for Africa (RAF) 2023 at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
FAO Regular Volunteer Programme for Africa (RAF) 2023

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) | Type: Internship
Published: 2023-07-04 | Deadline: 2023-08-25

Organizational Setting

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is in charge of leading global initiatives to end hunger, provide food security for all, and guarantee that people have regular access to enough wholesome food to live active, healthy lives. FAO operates in approximately 130 nations throughout the world and has over 195 Members. We think that everyone can contribute to putting an end to hunger.

Through the transition to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind, the FAO Regular Volunteer Programme offers opportunities for individuals to contribute their volunteer actions, where appropriate, to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and FAO's Strategic Framework.

In order to help put an end to hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity, the Programme aggressively and strategically mobilizes the broad-based voluntary activities of Members' citizens.
Reporting Lines

  • A designated supervisor will receive the volunteer's report.

Technical Focus 

  • The volunteer will be placed in a field related to the FAO's goals and activities.

Tasks and responsibilities

The tasks listed in the Terms of Reference (TOR) created by the hiring office will be carried out by the volunteer.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate candidates.
Minimum Requirements

  • Must have successfully finished secondary school.
  • At least one FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, or Spanish) must be spoken and understood on a daily basis.
  • Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and be able to adapt to a diverse, global workplace.
  • Be citizens of an FAO member country.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

Core Competencies of FAO

  • Results-Oriented
  • Collaboration;
  • Communication
  • Effective Relationship-Building;
  • Knowledge-Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Practical Competencies

  • Relevant experience conducting research or working in one of the Organization's disciplines.

The FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All, and Integrity and Transparency should be upheld by all applicants.


During any stage of the hiring process (application, interview, processing), FAO does not collect any fees.

  • Candidates from Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs), Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Land-locked Developing Countries (LLDCs), and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), as well as qualified female applicants and nationals of non- and under-represented Members, are encouraged to apply to this call for expression of interest. 
  • All applications will be reviewed, and only qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews by the hiring manager.
  • Candidates with family members (defined as mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, or son) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement are not eligible for the FAO Regular Volunteer Programme. 
  • Selected candidates should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the proposed country of assignment prior to joining the Organization.
  • Volunteers are not paid by FAO in any way.


  • To apply, go to the Jobs at FAO recruitment website and complete your online profile. We strongly advise that your profile be honest, comprehensive, and contain information about your educational background, professional experience, and language proficiency.
  • Candidates are asked to upload a motivational letter and a copy of their academic credentials to the online profile.
  • Please apply and submit your application after your profile is complete. The only applications that will be evaluated are those submitted through the FAO employment portal.
  • Applications that are incomplete won't be accepted.
  • On the basis of the data you have supplied in your online profile, your application will be evaluated.
  • FAO and other businesses working on FAO's behalf may share the personal information you submit in your application in order to provide job support services such pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks, and other relevant services. Before submitting your application, you will be prompted for your permission. If you withdraw your application, FAO will no longer be able to evaluate it. You can withdraw consent at any time.
  • Candidates who wish to continue to be considered for an assignment if they are not chosen before the closing date are asked to reapply to the new Calls.
  • We advise applicants to submit their applications well in advance of the deadline.

Contact careers@fao.org if you require assistance or have questions.