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.
WFP’s Regional Bureau for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe (RBC, based in Cairo, Egypt) provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to WFP operations and activities in 17 countries: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen. Embracing two macro-regions, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CIS) regions, the WFP Regional Bureau Cairo (RBC) oversees a vast area with some of the most critical humanitarian emergencies of our time. We are currently seeking to fill an internship position under the WFP Operational Information Management & Performance Reporting (OIM & PR) Unit in the RBC.
Why Intern in WFP
- Acquire Knowledge of WFP’s humanitarian work, operations and activities in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. In-depth knowledge of the wide range of operations carried out by individual WFP country offices.
- Gain exposure to the work of individual functional areas involved in a WFP operation (e.g. Programme & Policy, Supply Chain, Monitoring & Evaluation, Vulnerability Assessment, and Mapping, etc.) at country office and regional bureau level and the ability to learn from exchanges with these units.
- Gain exposure of additional WFP work areas through online learnings and personal exchange.
Given the responsibility for a region hosting a number of complex and protracted emergencies, RBC relies heavily on the timely coordination of reports and information gathering activities to direct its operations and programs. The Annual Country Report (ACR) is a report WFP produces for operational projects to inform its donors how resources for any given project were used, and the results obtained during the reporting year. They are also key corporate tools used to improve results monitoring and reporting for corporate accountability and learning, and to ensure strengthened linkages with WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
Under the supervision of Operational Information Management and Performance Reporting Officer, the Unit seeks an intern to support the team during the ACR preparation and coordination period. The intern will assist in coordinating and reviewing the ACRs in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe region, in addition to regular and ad-hoc reporting products produced by the Unit
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
As a member of the Regional Bureau OIM & PR team, the intern will specifically:
- Familiarize him-/herself thoroughly with the 2018 ACR guidance;
- Support with tracking ACR documents in the system and keep the ACR task force updated with documents received and pending deadlines;
- Review the general and technical checklists (cash-based transfer activities, Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM), school feeding, nutrition/relief, livelihoods, climate change, etc.). Ensure that regional bureau technical team complies with the checklist. Perform spot-checks following all technical checklists;
- Review consistency between the previous baseline and follow up indicators;
- Review the narrative for consistency with the tables;
- Check if the beneficiary, tonnage, and other figures are consistent in all tables, and flag any inconsistencies that may either be an IT or human error;
- Assist in reviewing all components of the ACR on grammar, format, and general content, and suggestions for improvement as needed;
- Support staff in the assigned area to ensure that standard OIM & PR procedures and templates are followed to drive the quality, consistency, and standardization of information management and performance reporting across WFP;
- Collaborate with counterparts internally to ensure consistency in humanitarian information and to complement WFP analysis and information;
- Collate relevant information and data from media and local internal and external sources to facilitate and maximize the exchange of information and data flow between functional units within the bureau;
- Any other tasks as may be required and/or assigned.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- Currently enrolled in graduate-level courses or recent graduates (within 6 months of graduation) from a Bachelor's or Master's program.
- Preferred field of study: Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Business Management, Operations Management, Development Studies, International Development or other relevant programs. Additional qualifications in Computer Science, Information Management, and Statistics is an asset.
Knowledge & Skills:
The incumbent should have the following skills and experience:
- Advanced English language skills both written and oral;
- Experience utilizing computer programs, including word processing, spreadsheets, data capture systems, and other software packages and systems;
- Ability to deliver results through planning and organizing own activities effectively;
- Ability to manage multiple work deliverables at a time;
- Excellent teamwork skills in a multicultural environment;
- Detailed work style and strong work ethic;
- Ability to meet strict deadlines.
- Advanced working knowledge in English language (proficiency/level C).
- Intermediate knowledge (intermediate/level B) of a second official language; Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese is an asset.