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2021 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Internship Program

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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.

The Internship Programme of Human Resources aims to attract talented young women and men who are strongly motivated to share their new perspectives, innovative ideas and latest research experience in FAO’s domains. The Programme provides a learning opportunity to the participants to supplement their academic knowledge with a practical work assignment in a field related to the work of FAO. Through the FAO internship experience, interns will contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and FAO Strategic Objectives to achieve Zero Hunger World – SDG2.

Reporting Lines

The intern will report to an assigned supervisor.

Technical Focus

The intern will be assigned to different fields of work according to his/her profile and to the needs of the Organization.

Tasks and responsibilities

The intern will perform the functions specified in the Terms of Reference (TOR) prepared by the hiring office before the beginning of the assignment.


  • Enrolled in an under-graduate, graduate degree programme in a bona fide (i.e. listed in the IAU/UNESCO data base) educational institution at the time of application or recent graduates.
  • 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 Member Nations.
  • Candidates should be aged between 21 and 30.
  • Candidates should be able to adapt to an international multicultural environment and have good communication skills.
  • Candidates with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother or father) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement are not eligible for the Internship Programme.
  • Candidates should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the proposed duty station prior to the start of the internship assignment.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

Relevant academic study in one of the fields of the Organization.

Information to applicants

  • Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non- and under-represented member nations as well as candidates from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Land-locked Developing Countries (LLDCs) are encouraged to apply to this Call for Expression of Interest.
  • All applications will be reviewed and only qualified applicants will be directly contacted for interviews by the hiring office and contacted again, if selected.
  • Candidates who have already undertaken an internship assignment at FAO, will not be eligible for another internship.
  • FAO pays a monthly stipend to interns if they are not sponsored by sending universities or other entities.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

Method of Application

  • 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.
  • You are requested to attach a letter of motivation, the evidence of attendance in a recognized university or copy of your academic qualifications 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;
  • 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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Available Opportunities:

Application Deadline: August 8th 2021

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2021 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Early Career Conference Grants

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For emerging academics, taking part in an international conference can have a profound impact on their teaching and research. Conferences are a chance to share research, learn about the latest developments in an area of work, and build valuable professional networks. Researchers find themselves better informed and better connected with new knowledge that can be shared and multiplied amongst colleagues and students.

25 Early Career Conference Grants are available for university staff at ACU member universities. The grants help to ensure that more emerging researchers – and the universities that employ them – can benefit from these valuable opportunities.

To reflect the current times, this year’s grants will solely fund participation in virtual (online) conferences.


Applicants must:

  • Be employed by an ACU member university as a lecturer, post-doctoral researcher, professor, associate professor, or equivalent
  • Be within seven years of the start of their academic (research/teaching) career
  • Have previously never travelled for work purposes (including conferences) outside their region of employment since the start of their academic career. Please see this page for the definition of regions.

What is covered?

  • Conference registration fee: up to GBP 500
  • Data grant of GBP 50 if needed
  • Free access to virtual presentation training

Applicable conferences

Grants can be used for a virtual (online) conference of the applicant’s choice. Applicants can specify their conference of choice on the application form. The conference must take place between 1 June and 31 December 2021. High quality conferences organised by universities or academic bodies of good standing will be prioritised for selection. Applicants should therefore carefully research their chosen conference before submitting an application.

Application requirements

As part of the application form, applicants must:

  • Provide details of their chosen conference, including a copy of their abstract
  • Choose the Sustainable Development Goal(s) which relate most closely to their research and describe how their research can contribute to achieving these goals
  • Explain the reasons for their choice of conference and how it will benefit their career goals
  • Explain how they will share the knowledge gained by participating in the conference
  • Attach a detailed letter or email of support from their head of department

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants must provide a short, written report on the use of their grant three months after participating in the conference. The report form will be provided by the ACU.

Method of Application

Complete an online application form by 16:00 UTC on Tuesday 16 February.

Contact us

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Application Deadline:  16 February 2021

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2021 German Development Institute Managing Global Governance (MGG) Academy

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The MGG Academy supports future change-makers who are dedicated to transformative change. It brings together young professionals from rising powers and Europe to collectively address global challenges. Building trust, exchanging perspectives, and developing a mutual understanding belong to the core assets of the MGG Academy.

The MGG Academy is geared towards highly-qualified young professionals who work in a partner institution of the MGG network or in an institution that is interested in future cooperation. Prospective participants should

  • work in a governmental organisation, policy-oriented think tank, research institution, civil society or private sector oranisation in an MGG partner country (Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa),
  • work on issues relevant to global governance such as international trade, international economics and finance, environmental challenges, international security or development cooperation,
  • speak English fluently,
  • be between 25 and 40 years old,
  • have at least three years of working experience,
  • be open to a broad variety of working methods,
  • be willing to reflect on collective and individual experiences and competencies,
  • be sensitive to other cultures.
  • Candidates for the MGG Academy have to be supported by their organisation.

To participants

– A global learning journey: Participants broaden their perspectives and learn from each other based on an innovative and dialogue oriented approach.

– Change-maker competencies: Development of practical and theoretical expertise for international collaboration, global governance, transformation and sustainable development.

– Becoming future digital pioneers: participants strengthen their digital skills by working successfully in highly diverse teams and across time zones.

– A life-long network: Partnerships with like-minded change makers and a broad range of institutions in the global MGG network.\


DIE will offer financial support for participants during the digital academy. All participants will receive:

  • one time lump-sum for technical equipment (100€),
  • one time lump-sum for project development (100€),
  • monthly financial support.
    The monthly support is based on the overall living expenses in each partner country and takes the country
    correction coefficients of the European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship into account to
    determine the country-specific support

Application Deadline: 31 March 2021.

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SIDA International training programme on Intellectual Property

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The Embassy of Sweden is calling for applications to the advanced international training programme on “Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries.”

This International Training Programme is specially designed for persons qualified to participate in reform processes of importance on different levels and exercising a position in
their home organization with a mandate to introduce change in social, economic, cultural and scientific institutions utilizing Intellectual Property as a tool for development.

As a participant of the Training Programme, you will actively involve yourself to take part in developments related to Intellectual Property for building the national knowledge
base and encouraging invention, innovation and creativity. The methodology used in the Training Programme is based on the assumption that your organization wishes to carry
out changes and is willing to invest its own resources to achieve these changes.


The training in Stockholm or in a virtual setting will be focused on a number of special themes in the area of Intellectual Property, including the following:
• General aspects of Intellectual Property including legal, institutional and management aspects, and its relevance in the context of economic growth and development.
• The role of multilateral and regional institutions in Intellectual Property law formulation, implementation and administration.
• The role of Intellectual Property in key national public policy issues such as agriculture, education, and health and the
discussion of implementation issues in the national context.
• Emerging issues in Intellectual Property including those related to biodiversity, environmental protection, and implications of a dynamic and fast-paced technological landscape.
• The international trading system, especially the Agreement
on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Law (The
TRIPS Agreement).
• The importance of patents as a resource of technical and
scientific information for technological capacity building and
their role in promoting innovation and invention.
• The role of trademarks, industrial designs, and geographical indications in contributing to economic growth and increasing competitiveness.
• The role of copyright and related rights in cultural and
socio-economic development.

Admission Requirements

The following countries are invited to nominate candidates:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Malawi,
Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania,
Uganda and Zambia.

Only candidates nominated by the appropriate organization
and in accordance with national rules will be considered.

Least Developed Countries in Africa, Asia.

The Training Programme is specially designed for senior
officials and policymakers from relevant government entities, business and industries, universities and academic institutions, research and development organizations who are involved in issues concerning Intellectual Property at the national level.

The number of participants is limited to 27 in order to ensure
a close working relationship between participants, lecturers and mentors. Emphasis will be made on the selection of senior officials with experience in areas of transfer of technology and technological capacity building in order to promote cooperation between institutions of higher learning, research institutions, industries, and business to initiate project-based activities on invention and innovation

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
(Sida) will cover all costs related to all programme phases except personal expenses, visa fees or any local airport taxes and departure fees.


The Swedish Intellectual Property Office in Stockholm and
a Follow-up meeting. Participants should be aware that
the programme may be moved to a virtual setting due to
the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 17–June 4, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden, or in a virtual setting
Follow-up meeting December 6–10, 2021

Participants should be aware that the programme may be
moved to a virtual setting due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The programme will be created to meet the same objective as a physical training including to allow for opportunities to interact, community building and sharing of ideas.

Method of Application

  • Application should be written on the special form attached
    and include a recent photograph and required information
    and documents. Please also note that in order to be accepted
    to the program your proposed Project For Change will be of
    – When necessary, the application should be approved by the
    official nominating authority in your country.Application in original with required signatures and attachments should be submitted to the nearest Swedish Embassy/
    Consulate. If there is no appropriate Swedish Embassy/Consulate in your country, the application should be submitted
    directly to the Organizer PRV.

    Applications submitted after closing date will not be


    Selected candidates will be notified by e-mail. Once selected,
    the candidate must confirm participation. A letter of Acceptance will be sent out, containing information on participation
    in the programme and the practical arrangements.

  • Selected candidates shall be aware of the commitment to participate in all phases of the programme.

Application Deadline: February 18th 2021

For more information, please read the following documents:

  1. Brochure
  2. Application form

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