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IFAD Internship Programme

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by Impactpool

Published on: 30 September 2021

Organizational Setting

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.


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Job Role

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. Candidates for the Internship Programme must be 30 years old or less and must be enrolled in an accredited university or graduate school, have attended courses in the last 12 months, and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies when joining the programme.


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, multi country office or regional office locations, fluency in the main country language may be required;
  • be 30 years of age or younger. The Enhanced Internship Programme, 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.


In addition to a monthly allowance, Enhanced Internship Programme interns receive a housing and travel allowance.

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Tip: Take a look at IFAD's E-Learning Portal:

Get the certification and include it in your skills or mention in our cover letter. 

  • Core Outcome Indicators measurement guidelines (COI) – online training
  • Agricultural risk management for development
  • Scaling up e-learning
  • Foundations of project M&E in rural development
  • A guided overview of IFAD financial management practices and procedures


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FAQs on eligibility criteria:

Are there any restrictions on who can apply to IFAD?
In accordance with IFAD Human Resources Policy, paragraph 8.2, IFAD recruits staff and consultants only from Member States. In this respect please review the list of IFAD Member States.

Staff categories - how do I know if the job I am applying to is at a corresponding level with my current employment?
IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations and therefore our staff categories correspond with the UN common system. 


FAQs on technical issues:

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