Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
About UN World Food Programme
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year.
WFP’s greatest strength is its dedicated people working tirelessly around the world to reduce hunger, often under difficult conditions where security threats and risks to personal safety are considerable. More than 15,000 people work across WFP’s worldwide operations. The global context in which WFP operates is rapidly changing which means the need for effective people development is becoming more
important than ever before. The organization is committed to transform its HR function to a strategic business partner. To achieve this, a number of new HR initiatives are underway and WFP is looking for outstanding interns to get involved and contribute to these exciting projects.
About the Capability Development Branch and this role
WFP is offering an excellent opportunity to work, learn and deliver results within a highly complex organizational environment. We are currently recruiting for a Learning and Development Intern based in HQ (Rome, Italy) to work within the Capability Development branch of the Human Resources Division. Part of the responsibility of the Capability Development Branch is to partner with other Technical Divisions (e.g. Nutrition, Supply Chain, Programme, Emergency Response and Preparedness etc) to create learning programmes and learning paths for technical skills development. The team is also responsible for supporting regional and local initiatives of WFP’s country offices and Regional Bureaux.
WFP has invested in learning technology to support our global initiatives and we expect that the selected intern has interest in and acumen for leveraging technology enabled learning. The role is ideally suited to someone who is looking to develop key skills and experience in the field of learning and development. She/he will have studied any of the following: adult education, learning design, learning technology, Human Resource Management (ideally with a focus on Learning and Development).
The Internship will be for a minimum period of 3 months and up to a maximum period of 8 months.
The selected candidate will be responsible for a range of duties including:
Preferred qualifications: A second UN language would be an asset (preferably French, Spanish or Arabic)