International Fund for Agriculture Development

IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency that is dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. Its goal is to enable poor rural people to improve their food and nutrition security, increase their incomes and strengthen their resilience. IFAD’s multilateral orientation provides a strong global platform for discussing rural policy issues and increasing awareness of why investment in agriculture and rural development is critical to reducing poverty and improving global food security. IFAD provides low-interest loans and grants to developing countries to finance innovative agricultural and rural development programmes and projects.

Working for IFADInternational Fund for Agricultural Development

In 2014, IFAD employed over 600 staff, including more than 25 junior professionals from 13  donor countries and more than 70 interns from 30 developing and industrialised countries.

Sought profiles

IFAD recruits regular staff (fixed and short-term appointments), interns, junior professionals and consultants in the areas of rural and agricultural development, gender, natural resource management, monitoring and evaluation, food security, etc. The following criteria are required by IFAD:

  • Citizenship of an IFAD Member State.
  • Advanced university degree required for professional and director level positions. A first-level university degree, combined with relevant work experience, may be accepted if specified on the vacancy announcement.
  • Relevant work experience.
  • English is the working language. Knowledge of an additional language is an asset.

Consultancies are designed for junior and senior experts whose skills are required for specific project assignments. Qualifications and experience in the relevant field are required. Fees range according to the terms of reference and the complexity of the work to be undertaken; as well as the skills, expertise and level of responsibility required. Consultants may be engaged for a maximum of 240 working days in any 12-month period and 960 working days in any 60-month period.

Further information

Opportunities for students and junior professionals

Junior Professional Officer Programme
Junior Professional Officer positions are sponsored by member states interested in investing in young, university-trained nationals from their own or other countries. In order to apply, candidates must:

  • be less than 32 years of age;
  • hold a first university degree - a relevant advanced university degree can be an asset;
  • have at least three years post-graduate professional experience;
  • be fluent in English; fluency in other IFAD official languages is an asset.

Further information

Internships and Enhanced Internship Programmes
The Internship Programme and the Enhanced Internship Programme offer a unique learning experience of six months to recent university graduates or students specialising in areas of work relevant to IFAD’s mission. Participants in the Internship Programme will be paid a monthly allowance.
In order to apply, candidates must:

  • be enrolled in a university or graduate school, have attended courses in the last 12 months, and have completed at least two years’ undergraduate studies at the time of joining the programme.
  • have recently completed their university studies at the undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • be fluent in English; fluency in other IFAD official languages is an asset.
  • be 30 years of age or younger.

Further information

Portraits of employees

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Rome, Italy

Fields of activity
Development cooperation, economic development cooperation, food security, rural development, agriculture, inclusive finance, climate and environmental issues, rural institutions, market access, gender

Countries of operation
Almost 90 countries worldwide

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