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Internship - Business Intelligence Support, SC Retail & Markets Unit (SCOLR) - WFP HQ Rome
World Food Programme (WFP)
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Job Expired 12 Jul 2022
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Internship – Business intelligence support

Supply Chain Retail & Markets Unit (SCOLR)


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. We are currently seeking to fill two Data Analyst Interns to support with data analysis and data management of core business process, including direct assistance to WFP Country Offices, and particularly the data pipeline of market intelligence, market assessment and performance evaluation portfolios in the Logistics Retail and Markets Team of the Supply Chain Division (SCOLR), based in Rome, Italy.


In 2020, WFP delivered a record-high US $2.1 billion in Cash-Based Transfers (CBT) in 67 countries – representing 37 percent of its total portfolio, and up from US $10 million in ten countries in 2009. In the past decade, the number of beneficiaries receiving a form of cash-based assistance is growing rapidly, even multiplying. It is an evolving time for humanitarian assistance.

The SC Retail & Markets Unit (SCOLR), supports the development of sustainable markets, required to achieve zero hunger. A significant amount of data is generated from WFP’s market-based operations which can be used to understand, monitor and improve not only the operations themselves but also the markets impacted


  • Title of Post: Internship
  • Supervisors: SCOLR Supply Chain Officer
  • Unit: Logistics Retail and Markets
  • Country: Italy
  • Duty Station: Rome_ HQ
  • Duration of internship: 8 months
  • Expected Start Date: 01 August 2022


  • Familiarise/ Understand the steps of the market-based WFP assistance, related datasets, data sources and data flow available.
  • Assist the development or enhancement of SCOLR’s data analytics and reporting tools
  • Assist in training colleagues at different levels in the organization on usage, interpretation and development of data visualization
  • Identify analytical requirements in Country Offices, Regional Bureaux and HQ units and opportunities to enhance and/ or recapitalize the use of SCOLR’s data
  • Document all data analysis, reports and dashboards activities to keep a knowledge base of data reporting activities
  • Support the Retailer Performance Monitoring & Evaluation (RPME) end-to-end data pipeline, including the developments and launch of the RPME digital platform and integration with other corporate applications
  • Support the content creation and roll-out of Market Functionality Index (MFI) tools and products.
  • Assist in the preparation of data collection tools for market assessment
  • Conduct market desk research using secondary data to understand the context, the market system and factors impacting demand and supply
  • Assist in the development of guidance, training materials, templates, etc
  • Draft various communications, reports, and status updates as needed
  • Assist with organization of required documentation for missions and meetings
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the past six months)
  • University course attendance in the past 12 months;


  • Professional/ Working command of MS Office.
  • Professional/ Working knowledge of STATA or R.
  • Knowledge of Python is highly desirable.
  • Experience working with BI tools (Tableau is an advantage).
  • Experience with database management and good command of SQL is an advantage.
  • Detail oriented, with strong analytical and critical thinking abilities.
  • Problem-solving attitude and creativity.
  • Ability to work both with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.


Excellent written and spoken English is required (proficiency/level C) as well as fluent written and oral communication in another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish)


Under the direct supervision of SCOLR Supply Chain Officer, and in close consultation with other functions, the Data Analyst is responsible for supporting SCOLR’s data analysis and information management


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:

  • Become familiar with WFP organization mandate and mission
  • Raise awareness on WFP and SCOLR unit core business processes, particularly in the areas of direct involvement
  • Gain professional experience from the application of his/her technical skills to support business intelligence and strategic decision making


  • Living conditions in Rome, Italy

(Living conditions, security, health, etc)

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: 167672
  • Closing Date: 12 July 2022


  • Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP up to the maximum amount of US$1000 per month depending on the duty station of assignment.
  • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas and related costs.
  • WFP will reimburse travel ticket for candidates who are nationals of developing countries and are pursuing their studies in their home country.
  • WFP will recognize candidates’ educational credentials from recognized institutions that have been certified by competent international or national authorities such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) or Ministries of Education.
  • Candidates who bear any of the following relations to WFP staff members are not eligible to apply: sons, daughters, brothers or sisters.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

Applies Strategic Thinking

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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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