Intern: Data Analyst

World Food Programme, South Africa

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st August, 2019

Job Description

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.


Support to development of Resilience measurement - World Food Programme-RBJ:

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, we reach more than 90 million people with food assistance in over 70 countries. Climate change, environmental degradation, water scarcity, disease, rapid population growth, unplanned urbanization: in today’s world, heightened risk and fragility are threatening to reverse major development gains.

Over the last few years, resilience has emerged as the new preferred paradigm among development and humanitarian organisations, including both non-governmental organisations and donors, to meet a future world of uncertainty and change. It is true that development programmes are hard to implement in fragile or deeply impoverished contexts, prone to recurrent crises. But evidence suggests that by embedding resilience in their interventions, development actors can lessen the effects of shocks and stressors, and thus more durably relieve human suffering. For its part, by adopting a resilience perspective, the humanitarian community can ensure that people rebuild better after disasters. Resilience measures, in fact, are cost-effective on two counts: they reduce the need to spend on cyclical crisis response, while helping overcome a legacy of development gaps.

  • However, the growth of the popularity of resilience within the development discourse, and the adoption of resilience widely across programmatic pillars within the UN has led to an explosion of resilience focused frameworks. The measurement of resilience is a new and rapidly developing area of research and practice and resilience indicators are a key component of measuring programme success.
  • One of the most compelling features of a resilience approach is identification of how the combined effect of climate changes, economic forces and social conditions has increased the frequency and severity of risk exposure among vulnerable populations. As a result, many attempts at measuring resilience have been proposed over recent years, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • As such an intern is needed to support the Resilience and Market access team (RMA) on analysing data that have been collected through different resilience monitoring methodologies in the Southern Africa region and developing possible proxy indicators for resilience measurement

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive):

Within the above mentioned context, the resilience intern will work directly with the Resilience programme advisor the main duties include:

  • Analyse current implementation of RIMA ll and other tools to measure resilience to climate related shocks within WFP operations in the Southern Africa region
  • Provide analysis of current data and design proxy indicators for optimising resources in resilience measurement.
  • Work in coordination with other UN partner agencies and WFP country offices staff to analyse available data
  • Provide briefing and where necessary training for RBJ staff and partners on identified proxies
  • Any other duties as required.


  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within the last 12 months) from a Master’s or PhD degree in Development studies, Agricultural studies, Environmental Resources Management or Environmental Engineering, Social Science, or other relevant fields.
  • Skills and maturity gained from relevant jobs or internships is desirable.
  • Excellent analysis and computer skills, particularly statistical packages (e.g. SPSS, etc.), in MS Office (Excel and Pivot tables); capacity to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Editing experience in English desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment;
  • Ability to stay calm, work well under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to travel within the region


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