The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We are currently seeking to fill for candidates to participate in the PD Summer Internship Programme 2021 in the Policy and Programme Department (PD).
The position will either be based in the Emergency and Transitions Unit (PRO-P) of the Programme Division, in Rome, Italy, or home-based, depending on the pandemic-caused restrictions. The internship will be for a period of at least 8 months starting in August 2021.
Brief description of the Beneficiary Services and Programme Support Team (BPSS):
Urbanization is an important global mega-trend of increasing relevance to WFP. Global urban populations now surpass rural and urban growth is projected to be highly concentrated in low- and middle-income countries across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. As populations urbanize, so does food insecurity. While WFP capacities and operational footprint in urban areas has significantly expanded over the past decade, the frequency and scale of crisis that significantly impact urban areas is increasing, including the global COVID-19 crisis, it is an operational and strategic imperative for WFP to strengthen and systematize its ability to contribute to achieving sustainable food security outcomes within urban environments.
Recognizing that addressing urban food security requires holistic and interconnected approaches, WFP has established a formal committee structure / architecture to bring Country Offices, Regional Bureaus and Head Quarter Units together to unite in the search for forward thinking, effective, innovative approaches that advance WFP engagement in the Urban Environment. A Steering Committee and three Outcome Groups have been identified including: Urban Strategy, Programme Guidance and Community of Practice. They are led by co-chairs from the Regional Bureaus and HQ units, and supported by an Urban Secretariat based in the Emergencies and Transitions team.
The Urban Programme Intern will work within a dedicated team to provide support to the urban workstream and assist in facilitating the work of the cross-functional outcome groups to achieve their goals and implement the priorities identified. The intern will be supervised by a line manager to undertake necessary support towards effective, coordinated and collaborative working arrangements, building connectivity and consensus between and across WFP offices and functional areas, so that the emerging strategies and guidance are consistent, standardized and comparable across the urban context, and that same approaches are effectively disseminated and understood within the organization, specifically between HQ and field operations.
Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Urban Programme Officer/Global urban workstream lead, the candidate will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Qualifications and experience
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies
Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required. Working knowledge of a second UN language (Spanish, French and Arabic) would be an asset.
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Urban Programme Officer/Global urban workstream lead, the incumbent will be provided with close mentoring, guidance and technical supervision. Performance planning and reviews as well as learning and development discussions will be elemental part of the supervision. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and assignment of a buddy/mentor, the intern will rapidly become a productive member of the team.
Throughout their assignment, WFP interns have access to an industry leading learning platform, WeLearn. Depending on opportunities and availability of funds, he/she may participate in WFP workshops or seminars, as appropriate.
At the end of the assignment, the Intern should:
Information on the Country of Assignment
The security situation in Italy remains in line with other European Countries. There are no specific threats against the UN in Italy. Considering the ongoing defeat of Daesh in the war territories, the trend in the short and mid-term will most likely continue to see the return of the militants to the countries of origins, including Italy. Insurrectional anarchism remains sufficiently organized on the Italian territory, as it has been present for many years. This movement could target the UN in the context of its anti-capitalism/anti-western narrative. 2) Whilst UN staff continue to be victims of minor crime such as street robbery and apartment break-ins, the infrequency of attacks and random nature of locations do not indicate that UN staff are at an elevated risk in comparison to residents or tourists in Italy. 3) Italy’s national territory is exposed to a broader range of natural hazards than any other European country. The vulnerability of its population and built environment is often severe and has in some cases been exacerbated by human activities.
VA Reference no: 144303
Closing Date: 31 July 2021
Please note that the deadline is at 11:59 pm Rome time (GMT + 1)
Terms and Conditions:
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.
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