Internship - South-South and Triangular Cooperation

World Food Programme , Southern Africa, South Africa

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th October, 2019

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 a 6-month intern position in WFP’s South-South Cooperation team of the WFP Programme (Humanitarian and Development) Division based in Rome, Italy.

Brief description of the WFP Programme Division:

The WFP Programme Division (Humanitarian and Development) leads all aspects of WFP’s programmatic work, with a particular focus on programming across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

One of the roles of the Division is to coordinate the implementation of WFP’s 2015 Policy on supporting South-South cooperation. PDP provides guidance, backstopping support and technical advise to WFP Regional Bureaux and Country Offices, as well as WFP Centres of Excellence in China, Brazil, and Côte d’Ivoire in order to help them identify and realize South-South cooperation opportunities on the ground. The Division also coordinates WFP’s engagement with other UN-partners and government partners on South-South and triangular cooperation, and positions WFP on key SSTC issues related to food security and nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

General Information

  • Title of Post: Internship – South-South and Triangular Cooperation
  • Supervisor: Programme Policy Officer, South-South and Triangular Cooperation PDP
  • Unit: OSZI, Programme (Humanitarian and Development) Division (PDP)
  • Country: Italy
  • Duty Station: Rome
  • Duration of internship: 6 months
  • Expected Start Date: asap


Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of PDP’s Programme Policy Officer for South-South and Triangular Cooperation, the candidate will perform the following duties:

  • He/she will support the development and implementation of an IT-based knowledge platform for South-South cooperation.
  • Generate and support the development of a global knowledge base for South-South cooperation
  • Support the development of products to inform internal and external partners on WFP’s progress in SSTC (e.g. case studies, short briefs, newsletters)
  • Support the preparation of internal and external events to showcase successful SSTC experiences from developing countries with a view at achieving zero hunger.
  • Other tasks related to WFP’s global South-South cooperation function.


Qualifications and experience

Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the past six months), preferably in the field of Politics or Economics;
University course attendance in the past 12 months;
Excellent command of English;  Working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset;
Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)


Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

  • Strong teamwork skills

Working Languages

Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required.

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of PDP’s Programme Policy Officer for South-South and Triangular Cooperation the incumbent will be provided with close mentoring, guidance and technical supervision. Performance planning and reviews as well as learning and development discussions will be elemental part of the supervision. PDP’s Deputy Director (Country Capacity Strengthening) will be the second-level supervisor. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and assignment of a buddy/mentor, the intern will rapidly become a productive member of the team.

Training components

Throughout their assignment WFP interns have access to an industry leading learning platform, weLearn.  Depending on opportunities and availability of funds, he/she may participate in WFP workshops or seminars, as appropriate.


Learning Elements

At the end of the assignment, the Intern should:

  • Have developed an understanding and overview of WFP’s work
  • Be familiar with WFP’s different mechanisms in South-South and triangular cooperation
  • Have learned about the different steps of facilitating South-South knowledge transfer with a focus on SDG 2


Information on the Country of Assignment

  • Living conditions in Rome, Italy

(Living conditions, security, health, etc)

The security situation in Italy remains in line with other European Countries. There are no specific threats against the UN in Italy. Considering the ongoing defeat of Daesh in the war territories, the trend in the short and mid-term will most likely continue to see the return of the militants to the countries of origins, including Italy. Insurrectional anarchism remains sufficiently organized on the Italian territory, as it has been present for many years. This movement could target the UN in the context of its anti-capitalism/anti-western narrative. 2) Whilst UN staff continue to be victims of minor crime such as street robbery and apartment break-ins, the infrequency of attacks and random nature of locations do not indicate that UN staff are at an elevated risk in comparison to residents or tourists in Italy. 3) Italy’s national territory is exposed to a broader range of natural hazards than any other European country. The vulnerability of its population and built environment is often severe and has in some cases been exacerbated by human activities.


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