PD Summer Internship Programme

World Food Programme, Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th February, 2020

Job Description

Hunger Monitoring Unit of the Research, Assessment and Monitoring Division, HQ, Italy

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 2020 in the Policy and Programme Department (PD).

The position will be based in the Hunger Monitoring Unit of the Research, Assessment and Monitoring Division in Rome, Italy. The internship will be typically for the period of at least 3 months during May/June to August/September 2020.

Brief description of WFP activities in the Hunger Monitoring Unit in HQ:

  • The Hunger Monitoring Unit (PDRAH) in WFP’s Research Assessment and Monitoring (PDR) Division manages remote food security monitoring systems in order to make food security data available and to better reach conflict-affected areas. The mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) initiative involves scaling up remote mobile data collection tools. While aiming to automate and refine traditional mVAM approaches (surveys and monitoring via text messages, live phone calls and interactive voice response), we are also expanding to additional data collection tools, data sources and analyses. Take up of mVAM tools has been rapid, and the approach is now being used in over 40 WFP countries, including Level 3 emergencies.
  • From 2019, mVAM has started scaling up automated and adaptive near real-time food security and nutrition monitoring systems that provide daily updates on food security and nutrition in countries facing food crises, with a plan to expand these to 30 countries by the end of 2020.
  • The mVAM initiative has a Data Science team based in HQ. The team is working on scaling mVAM to new and different contexts while innovating on traditional survey methods. The workstream includes closely monitoring to all aspects of survey design at the implementation phase, developing and testing new indicators and survey modules, while also researching and developing statistical methods to produce reliable estimates from the data.

General Information

  • Title of Post: PD Summer Intern (Food Security and Nutrition Data Analyst)
  • Unit: Hunger Monitoring Unit
  • Supervisor: Head of Hunger Monitoring Unit
  • Duration: At least 3 months (May/June to August/September 2020)

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Hunger Monitoring Unit and depending on the candidate’s background, the PD Summer Intern will perform the following duties:

  • Support the management and analysis of food security and nutrition survey data
  • Support in-depth data analysis and interpretation of results for periodic food security reports
  • Conduct statistical tests – including data quality checks
  • Conduct a trend analysis on market prices and food security indicators
  • Support the development of data processing pipelines to automatically ingest, clean, aggregate and visualize data
  • Support other ad hoc requests as required

Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s degree OR a recent graduate of a master’s degree (graduated within the last 6 months), in the field of food security or nutrition, statistics, mathematics, economics or a related field
  • Excellent English verbal and writing skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)

Depending on the intern’s specialization:

  • Quantitative data analysis and data quality skills using statistical software packages (SPSS/STATA/R)
  • Basic understanding of databases (SQL and/or noSQL)
  • Data management skills
  • Basic code writing skills (Python or other)

Working Languages

  • Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required.
  • Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)
  • Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Hunger Monitoring Unit, 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. PDR’s Deputy Head of VAM 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:

  • Good understanding and overview of WFP’s work in vulnerability analysis, with a focus on food security and nutrition;
  • Good understanding of researching and developing statistical methods to produce reliable estimates from the data;
  • Familiarization with WFP’s approaches and methodologies in conducting remote phone surveys, including survey design and analysis of key WFP indicators on food security and nutrition; and
  • General understanding of WFP overall operations.

Information on the Country of Assignment

Living conditions in Rome, Italy

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Other relevant information

Terms and Conditions:

  • The PD intern will be paid a monthly stipend of approximately USD US$ 1,000 per month as a contribution towards basic subsistence costs.
  • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas and related costs.
  • WFP will reimburse travel ticket for candidates who are nationals of developing countries and are pursuing their studies in their home country.
  • WFP will recognize candidates’ educational credentials from recognised institutions that have been certified by competent international or national authorities such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) or Ministries of Education.
  • Candidates who bear any of the following relations to WFP staff members are not eligible to apply: sons, daughters, bro


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