The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger and to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.
FAO’s Youth Committee was established in 2019 to tap into the potential of young employees as catalysts for change. The Youth Committee later created the World Food Forum and many youth partners from across the UN, as well as public and private institutions have since associated themselves with the World Food Forum.
As one of the main sponsors for the World Food Forum, FAO is searching for motivated interns to join and contribute to the World Food Forum events in 2024.
Launched in 2021, the World Food Forum (WFF) is an independent, youth-led global network of partners facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It aims to spark a global movement that empowers young people everywhere to actively shape agrifood systems to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a better food future for all.
The WFF serves as the premier global forum to harness the passion and power of youth to identify solutions and incite positive action for agrifood systems. It aligns with the 2021 United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit, acts as major youth platform in global food governance, and serves as a global think tank that fosters youth-led solutions in innovation, science and technology. The WFF aims to support and grow youth initiatives in the agrifood sector in line with global youth policy recommendations
The World Food Forum initiative is composed by different tracks which are the following:
• Youth Action: connecting and empowering young people around the globe with different backgrounds to discuss their local priorities and challenges, and identify innovative and actionable solutions for a better food future.
• Innovation Lab: bolstering innovation for sustainable development in support of ending hunger. Led by global youth, it engages the leaders of tomorrow, elevates the innovators and innovative solutions that are already making a difference, and aims to inspire the world to confront the threats that our agrifood systems face today.
• Education: aiming to provide access to knowledge and actionable solutions for healthy diets and a healthy planet, while inspiring children and youth everywhere to create a better food future for all.
• Culture: utilizing art, culture and creative expression (film, music, art, cooking) to connect youth around the globe through our shared passions in order to spark discussion and action around ongoing issues – from the COVID-19 pandemic to the triple planetary crisis of climate, pollution, and nature loss.
• Regional Action: connecting the dots to amplify country and regional actions and scale-up their impacts. It promotes and facilitates multi-sectoral linkages with key regional and global initiatives for the transformation of our agrifood systems, while exploring the link between access to healthy diets and the climate agenda, including the essential climate, biodiversity and nutrition nexus along the four WFF Tracks.
• Partnership, Fundraising, Marketing Communications and Outreach
Please, find more information about the World Food Forum in our website at this link.
The intern will report to an assigned supervisor.
The intern will be assigned to a field relevant to the activities and events of the World Food Forum.
Tasks and responsibilities
The intern will perform the functions specified in the Terms of Reference (TOR) prepared by the hiring office.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
• Enrolled in an under-graduate, graduate degree programme in a “bona fide” educational institution at the time of application or recent graduate. Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http:// www.whed.net/.
• Candidates must specialize in a field relevant to the mission and work of FAO.
• Working knowledge of at least one FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish). Knowledge of a second FAO language will be considered an asset.
• Be nationals of FAO Members.
• Candidates should be aged between 21 and 30.
• Candidates should be able to adapt to an international multicultural environment and have good communication skills.
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Relevant academic studies in one of the fields of the Organization.
Relevant working experience in one of the below listed fields would be a strong asset:
– Thematic and academic support to policy dialogues
– Marketing, Communications and Outreach
– Cultural activities (film, music, culinary, art)
– Event Management