Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
HOW TO APPLY ONLINE
Can I alter my application once I’ve applied?
You may alter the information in your online Personal History Form (PHF), provided that the alterations are made within the application deadline. Our system will accept the most recent version of your application made within the deadline of the specific vacancy announcement.
To alter the information in your online PHF for a specific application, you can view your history of applications, and select 'update' next to the application you would like to revise.
Do I have to complete a new application every time I apply for a vacancy?
You can reuse your online PHF to apply to multiple vacancies, but we suggest you tailor the ‘motivation in applying to IFAD and to the specific position’ section to the requirements of the position.
Do I have to pay to submit an application?
IFAD does not charge a fee or request banking information during its recruitment processes. It does not sponsor any organizations or programmes which, through website postings, e-mail messages, newsletters or otherwise, claim to be acting on its behalf in recruiting or facilitating the recruitment of personnel. Victims of scams are encouraged to contact email@example.com and may also wish to report such scams to their local law enforcement agencies.
Do I have to complete the application process in one session?
Inserted data will be saved automatically by the system. Updates to your PHF will overwrite previous versions of any draft applications, so you should complete one application at a time. Should you wish to leave your application and resume it at a later time, the most recent version of your PHF will appear when you log back in.
IMPORTANT: once you’ve completed your application and answered the questions in the 'specific' tab if required, click on the ‘Submit’ button and you will receive an automated response confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive this message, log on to your applicant profile and retry. We advise that you please check your junk/spam mail folders before contacting technical support.
Do I need to fill in the entire Personal History Form?
All parts that are relevant to you should be filled in fully. Mandatory fields are indicated with a red asterisk (*). You will not be able to submit your application or register as a consultant or an intern unless the PHF is complete.
In what language should I complete the Personal History Form?
Please complete the form in English, IFAD's official operating language.
What order should I use to fill out my work experience?
Most recent work experience first.
How many references should I include in my application?
Three, including reference contact details for your current position.
How long does the selection process last?
Depending on the position, the selection process can last anywhere from two to four months.
Will I be informed of the status of my application?
IFAD only contacts candidates under serious consideration for positions. You can also check the status of vacancies by logging into the e-recruitment system, and clicking ' History of applications'.
How do I know if IFAD has received my application?
You will receive an automated response confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive this message, log on to your applicant profile and retry. We advise that you please check your junk/spam mail folders before contacting technical support.
There are no positions currently available that fit my professional profile
IFAD does not accept unsolicited applications. When the need to staff a vacated or new position arises, IFAD will issue a Vacancy Announcement on the website. Should you feel that your profile matches the requirements of that Vacancy Announcement, you may submit an application through IFAD's e-recruitment system by applying to a specific vacancy number.
Unsolicited applications will not be considered.
I’ve missed the deadline to apply
IFAD must receive applications to vacancies in accordance with their respective closing dates. IFAD will not, under any circumstances, accept applications received after closing dates.
Can I send an unsolicited application?
IFAD will not consider unsolicited applications. If you wish to apply for employment with IFAD, please review our current job opportunities and apply accordingly.
Do I have to apply through the online system?
For all advertised job openings, you must apply through the e-recruitment system.
How many vacancies can I apply to?
Applicants are free to apply to as many vacancies as they wish. However, you are encouraged to apply to vacancies where you meet all mandatory minimum requirements.
How do I register as a consultant?
Once you have completed your registration and created your Personal History Form, access IFAD’s Applicant portal (Welcome Page), and click on 'register as a consultant'. You must then select your Job Specialization/s (you can select several specializations by clicking the add button), and click on submit. You will not be able to register as a consultant unless all mandatory fields in the PHF are filled in.
How do I apply to the internship programme?
Once you have completed your registration and created your Personal History Form, access IFAD’s Applicant portal (Welcome Page), and click on 'Apply to the Internship Programme'. You must then select your Job Specialization/s (you can select several specializations by clicking the add button), and click on submit. You will not be able to apply to the internship programme unless all mandatory fields in the PHF are filled in.
Applicants registering for the Internship Programme may also indicate their ongoing studies and indicate “not applicable” in the employment section if they do not have any work experience.
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. Read more.
FAQs on technical issues:
I forgot my password
On the login page of our e-recruitment system, click on ‘Forgot your password?. You will be prompted to enter your user email. Fill in the information, and click 'Get New Password'. The system will send an automatic email to your registered email address.
Your password must be minimum 8 characters long and contain at least one upper case character, one special character (e.g. @, #, %) and one number.
There is a technical problem with the application system
Please note that our application system’s preferred Browser is Google Chrome. If you cannot access the system via Google Chrome, download another Browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox) and try again.
How do I add an alternative email address to my account?
Once you have registered, you can add an alternative email address by signing into your account and clicking on 'change registration data' from IFAD’s Applicant portal (Welcome Page).
Comments or concerns?
Please contact us for technical assistance. Please note that under no circumstances will IFAD accept unsolicited applications.