Location: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 months
Start date: 1 October, 2018 

About GSSI
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) is a global, Public-Private Partnership, working towards more sustainable seafood for everyone. GSSI was founded in 2013 as a sector wide, multi-stakeholder initiative to create shared, global and non-competitive solutions for sustainability certification issues in the global seafood supply chain. GSSI's mission is to ensure confidence in the supply and promotion of certified seafood, as well as to promote improvement in seafood certification schemes. For more information, click here.

About FAO
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. For more information, click here

The Position
As a Research Intern, you will conduct research on tasks assigned by FAO and GSSI. Your research will centre around exploring ways GSSI and the FAO can further collaborate on ways to improve the sustainability of the seafood sector by promoting the uptake and implementation of relevant FAO instruments and guidelines by public and private sector. Areas for collaboration to explore include, but are not limited to, improvement of existing seafood certifications schemes, the improvement of aquaculture and fishery management and combating IUU fishing.

Core Responsibilities

  1. Apply your research skills and knowledge of seafood sector to explore new collaboration opportunities FAO and GSSI.
  2. Work together with the FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division and GSSI’s Secretariat to produce a high-quality and actionable research report on the subject above.


  • Undergraduate or Masters degree student in related discipline (sustainability, aquaculture and marine resource management, environment and/or social science), or a recent graduate
  • Proficiency in business English;
    • A thorough understanding of the seafood sector and the challenges it faces;
  • Excellent research capabilities;
  • Meticulous and attentive to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Resourceful and independent;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel;
  • Be nationals of FAO Member Nations;
  • Candidates should be aged between 21 and 30;
  • Candidates with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother or father) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement are not be eligible for the Internship Programme. 
  • Candidates should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the country of assignment. 

How to Apply
Candidates are requested to send their CV, a letter of motivation, an example of their academic research and evidence of attendance at a recognised university to the GSSI Secretariat at, before 23:59 of 15 July 2018 Central European Time (CET).