Due Diligence

World Food Programme, Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st March, 2019

Job Description

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill an internship position with the Legal Office, at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The selected candidate will assist the Due Diligence Team, and the Internship will be for 8 months, starting in July 2019.


As part of its private-sector partnership strategy, WFP has established a Due Diligence Team within the Legal Office, which is responsible for preparing reports on prospective donors and partners. As a member of the due diligence team, the selected candidate will assist with the following key duties:

Conducting research on potential WFP donors and partners, with a focus on core United Nations values and principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
Identifying practices and policies that may pose a reputational risk to WFP, or otherwise appear to compromise the integrity or independence of the organization;
Developing reports providing concise, objective analysis of key facts and issues;
Database entry and development of reference materials and knowledge management tools, as appropriate;
Performing other related duties as required.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a masters program or recently graduated with a masters (in the last six months);
  • Course attendance in the past twelve months;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Significant experience in conducting open source and database research.

Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office and Internet-based research;
  • Strong time/project management skills and ability to work under stringent deadlines;
  • Awareness of issues relevant to corporate social responsibility;
  • General knowledge of the United Nations system is an asset.


  • Excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • Intermediate knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable (Arabic/Chinese/French/Spanish/Russian), or Portuguese, which is one of WFP’s working languages.


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