Working at IFAD

At IFAD, we share a commitment to agricultural development. Working at IFAD means being part of a learning, growing and thriving UN organization, where each member of our global team contributes to the Fund's overall mission of enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty.

Read more about our staff categories, employment criteria, contract types as well as the remuneration and benefits.


Staff categories

Professional category

The Professional category demands a high degree of analytical and communication skills, substantive expertise and/or managerial leadership ability. Typically, these positions require the incumbent to make decisions after careful analysis and evaluation of problems involving discretionary choices between alternative courses of action.

Within the Professional category, Directors are ultimately responsible for IFAD programmes and projects, provide leadership to formulate and implement the substantive work programme of their division, determine priorities, and allocate resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.


National Professional Officer category

National Professional Officers (NPOs) are normally locally recruited and perform functions at the professional level. The qualifications for an NPO are the same as for the Professional category, but in addition NPOs must be nationals of the country in which they are serving.


General Service category

The functions in the General Service and related categories include administrative, secretarial and clerical support as well as specialized technical functions—for example, printing, security or building maintenance. The work carried out by General Service staff supports the functioning of the organization and is typically procedural, operational or technical in nature.

Employment criteria


Normally, an advanced university degree is required for professional and director level positions. However, a first-level university degree, combined with qualified work experience, may be accepted if so specified on the vacancy announcement. Academic requirements for professional and director level positions broadly apply to consultants as well. High school completion is required for positions in the General Service category.


Work experience

The minimum number of years of relevant experience that is normally required is:

Staff in the Professional and National Professional Officer categories Required years Staff in the General Service category Required years
P-1, NO-A 0 G-1 0
P-2, NO-B 2 G-2 1
P-3, NO-C 5 G-3 2
P-4, NO-D 8 G-4 3
P-5 10 G-5 4
D-1   12 G-6 5
D-2    15 G-7 6


Language requirements

There are four official languages at IFAD: Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Our working language is English. Knowledge of an additional language is an asset but is not required for most jobs, unless explicitly specified in the vacancy announcement.



Candidates must be a citizen of an IFAD Member State.

Contract types

Fixed-term appointments

IFAD advertises vacancies at both General Service and Professional staff levels. Fixed-term appointments are granted for service of a certain duration, for a period of one year or more.

Fixed-term appointments are advertised in our applicant portal.


Short-term assignments

These assignments are opportunities to provide additional support to regular  staff functions. The salary range  is according to job experience and  assignment. Short-term professional and General service staff can be employed in the same division for a maximum period of 18 months, which  can exceptionally be extended for another 18 months in another one.

The required qualifications and  experience varies based  on the specific short-term assignment.

Short-term assignments are advertised as needed in our applicant portal.


Junior Professional Officers

Junior Professional Officer (JPO)  positions are sponsored by Member States interested in investing in young,  university-trained nationals of their  own  countries or of other countries.


IFAD Internship Programme

IFAD offers internship to eligible candidates, find out more here.



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.

To apply, click here to register your profile.


Other employment opportunities

IFAD partners with other organizations and governments for the recruitment of fellows, special programme officers and other individuals through special agreements. Employment options vary based on the agreement between IFAD and the sponsor.

Remuneration and benefits

IFAD offers an attractive remuneration package  with  competitive pay and  benefits. Our salary scales for Professional and General Service Staff correspond with  the United Nations common system.  The benefits package for staff includes tax-free salary, dependency allowance,  medical insurance and  social  security. Staff in the professional category may be eligible to receive education grant  up to university level and home leave.