Junior Professional Officer

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

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.

Junior Professional Programme (JPP)

The Junior Professional Programme (JPP) is designed for exceptionally qualified and motivated candidates and provides junior professionals with an opportunity to gain valuable, on-the-job experience with FAO.

The Call for expression of interest aims to attract young talents, under 32 years of age at the time of the closure of the vacancy, with minimum one-year professional experience and relevant educational background to populate the JPP Roster.

Qualified applicants who are included in the JPP Roster will be taken into consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise in all areas within FAO’s mandate.

The Organization, in particular, is seeking for Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) with a relevant background in the following areas of priority:

  • Food security and safety
  • Nutrition
  • Agriculture and rural development
  • Fishery
  • Natural resource management and climate change
  • Programme support

Reporting Lines

The Junior Professional Officer is supervised on a daily basis with the purpose of gradually increasing his/her responsibilities through the establishment of a work plan with key results. The Junior Professional Officer benefits from a supervision approach characterized by knowledge sharing, the submission of performance/development feedback, access to Unit/Team/Office meetings and guidance in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise.

Technical Focus

The Junior Professional Officer works with international and national staff and is involved in the identification, design and implementation of FAO activities. Purposes of assignments vary and may have a country-specific, regional, sector-based or thematic focus.

Key Results

Analytical and database/web services to support programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions

  • Analyzes relevant technical social, economic, environmental, and technology information, data and/or statistics for input in various documents 
  • Maintains records and updates databases and web pages
  • Provides technical support to various projects
  • Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc. 
  • Participates in the organization and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners


Minimum Requirements

  • Relevant advanced university degree (Master’s degree, Ph.D. or equivalent)
  • Minimum one year of relevant professional experience
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian


  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable


  • Candidates endorsed in the selection process for this vacancy announcement will be considered for the FAO Professional Employment Roster for a period of two years. The Roster is used to fill other similar positions at the same or lower grade, and in the same or another duty station.
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:  http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm

Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

  • Dependency allowances
  • Rental subsidy
  • Education grant for children
  • Home leave travel
  • 30 working days of  annual leave per year
  • Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  • International health insurance; optional life insurance
  • Disability protection

FAO encourages  a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes: 

  • elements of family-friendly policies
  • flexible working arrangements
  • standards of conduct.


  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills.
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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