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Beware, FAO Nigeria not hiring hundreds, warns of fake job advertisement

IN SHORT: Posts circulating on Facebook claim the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization is recruiting. But the organisation has warned the posts are false.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that works to ensure that people have regular access to sufficient, good-quality food for a healthy life.

It has 195 members: 194 countries and the European Union. Employment there would therefore be an attractive option for many job seekers, as a post on Facebook seeks to capitalise on.

The post includes a screenshot of what it claims are 1,179 vacancies at FAO’s Nigeria office. These range from farm workers and clerks to extension officers, community health workers and graduate trainees. 

The post has been circulating on social media in Nigeria, with those interested asked to send in their CVs by 24 May 2024. 

The post has also been shared here and here. (Note: See more instances listed at the end of this report.)

But does FAO, with over 11,500 staff worldwide, want another thousand in Nigeria?

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Beware of the dangers of scam job ads

There are several negative consequences of fake job adverts. These include:

  • Financial loss, including fraudulent application fees or unnecessary travel expenses.
  • Emotional harm, including stress and loss of trust or confidence.
  • Identity theft and privacy violations.
  • Wasted time and lost opportunities.
  • Damage to reputations and brands.

Given this, is this job advert legitimate?

Red flags aplenty

There are several signs that you should be cautious.

The first red flag is that the link in the post does not take you to the official website of the FAO but to a no-frills website with some text in Hausa, a widely spoken language in Nigeria.

 At the top of the site is an invitation to join a WhatsApp group.

Interested candidates are also asked to send their CVs to an email address that is not an official FAO address. This is another red flag as the FAO’s employment page clearly states: “All e-mails related to FAO vacancies will originate only from the @fao.org domain. Disregard e-mails from any address other than @fao.org”.

And on 19 May FAO issued a disclaimer stating that the job adverts were fake.

FAO Nigeria did NOT issue these vacancies as contained in the said advertisement,” FAO Nigeria wrote on Facebook. 

The origin and the email address provided in the body of the document is NOT known nor connected to FAO in any way.”

The warning is also prominently displayed on the Nigeria country office page.

The claim was also posted here, here and here on Facebook.

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