Internship - PD Internship Programme

World Food Programme , Italy

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th September, 2021

Job Description

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We are currently seeking to fill for candidates to participate in the PD Summer Internship Programme 2021 in the Policy and Programme Department (PD).
  • The position will either be based in the Emergency and Transitions Unit (PRO-P) of the Programme Division, in Rome, Italy, or home-based, depending on the pandemic-caused restrictions. The internship will be for a period of at least 8 months starting in August 2021.

Brief description of the Beneficiary Services and Programme Support Team (BPSS):

  • Urbanization is an important global mega-trend of increasing relevance to WFP. Global urban populations now surpass rural and urban growth is projected to be highly concentrated in low- and middle-income countries across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. As populations urbanize, so does food insecurity. While WFP capacities and operational footprint in urban areas has significantly expanded over the past decade, the frequency and scale of crisis that significantly impact urban areas is increasing, including the global COVID-19 crisis, it is an operational and strategic imperative for WFP to strengthen and systematize its ability to contribute to achieving sustainable food security outcomes within urban environments.
  • Recognizing that addressing urban food security requires holistic and interconnected approaches, WFP has established a formal committee structure / architecture to bring Country Offices, Regional Bureaus and Head Quarter Units together to unite in the search for forward thinking, effective, innovative approaches that advance WFP engagement in the Urban Environment. A Steering Committee and three Outcome Groups have been identified including: Urban Strategy, Programme Guidance and Community of Practice. They are led by co-chairs from the Regional Bureaus and HQ units, and supported by an Urban Secretariat based in the Emergencies and Transitions team.
  • The Urban Programme Intern will work within a dedicated team to provide support to the urban workstream and assist in facilitating the work of the cross-functional outcome groups to achieve their goals and implement the priorities identified. The intern will be supervised by a line manager to undertake necessary support towards effective, coordinated and collaborative working arrangements, building connectivity and consensus between and across WFP offices and functional areas, so that the emerging strategies and guidance are consistent, standardized and comparable across the urban context, and that same approaches are effectively disseminated and understood within the organization, specifically between HQ and field operations.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Urban Programme Officer/Global urban workstream lead, the candidate will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist in the preparation of relevant reports, concept notes, and knowledge products to support the urban workstream;
  • Conduct data gathering, database management and data analysis to support the development of the urban strategy and urban programme guidance;
  • Assist in providing secretariat support to the steering committee and outcome group meetings, including setting up and documenting the meetings;
  • Assist in organizing conferences, forums, webinars or other collaborative events, including the documentation of these events;
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
  • Support development and implementation of training and capacity building activities of the team;
  • Perform other tasks as required.

Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled within a graduate programme and have attended classes in the past 12 months, or a recent graduate from a graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme).
  • Relevant discipline on food security, urban planning, development studies, humanitarian issues, or other related fields is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience in research and drafting of documents
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) and other software/ online platforms needed to implement the duties and responsibilities
  • Proficiency in developing and managing databases and analysing and presenting various forms of data

Required soft skills/WFP Competencies

  • Ability to work on short timelines, under pressure, and managing multiple priorities simultaneously with minimum supervision
  • Initiative, enthusiasm, creativity, and flexibility with excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs;

Working Languages

  • Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required. Working knowledge of a second UN language (Spanish, French and Arabic) would be an asset.


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