World Food Programme (WFP)

Intern (Individual Performance Strengthening Branch)

World Food Programme (WFP)

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 an Internship Position with WFP’s Individual Performance Strengthening Branch of the HR division. The position will be based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Internship will be for an initial period 4 months starting from February 2020. Brief description of Unit: The Individual Strengthening & Performance Management branch facilitates culture and behaviour changes within WFP to ensure an engaged workforce so the people we serve benefit from our best performance. To successfully achieve this goal, the branch's portfolio includes the following key responsibilities:
  • Lead and manage the performance management strategies and system which aligns individual and team performance to WFP's strategic objectives.

  • Drive the process of goal setting and alignment, staff Development Planning, effective competency assessment and evaluation of individual and team achievements.

  • Ensure that WFP utilises effective mechanisms to recognize outstanding performance, address performance gaps effectively, assess, and develop internal capacity.

  • Lead the career advance mechanism/methodology for the junior and mid international professional categories.

  • Support team effectiveness and development through providing customized tools and promoting best practices in this area.

  • Monitor and promote staff engagement and coordinate the biennial WFP Global Staff Survey.

  • Act as a facilitator to ensure that corporate initiatives translate into concrete gains in terms overall organizational outcomes.

General Information

  • Title of Post: Internship

  • Supervisor: HR Officer

  • Unit: HRMTCS

  • Country:  Italy

  • Duty Station: Rome

  • Duration of internship: 6 Months

  • Expected Start Date: February 2020

Duties and responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the HR Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Assist with a broad range of processes related to performance management and Talent Management which are designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of WFP’s workforce;

  • Be part of the HR team that works closely with Country Offices to support the effective implementation of relevant initiatives in the field, where WFP’s support is most needed;

  • Contribute to the Design and support the rollout of progressive online tools and other creative solutions to support the work of HR, the Branch, and WFP employees worldwide;

  • Provide support to other key HR initiatives coordinated by the Branch such as the Engagement support, Global Staff Survey, Diversity & Inclusion, and long service awards;

  • Support the development of effective and innovative communication plans with a view to ensure a high level of engagement for all HR and Performance Strengthening initiatives;

  • Stay relevant and up-to-date with market practices and external networks to build recognized capability and credibility. Use this knowledge to identify areas for improvement, share insights with global teams, and build capability in this area.

The selected candidate will be joining a dynamic and diverse team and will have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of highly visible and influential projects.

Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the past six months) with a BA or preferably an MA in Human Resources

  • 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:
  • Performance: Consistently delivers high quality results on the work assigned, shows willingness to develop skills, and experiment with new ideas.

  • Purpose: Demonstrates a passion for WFP’s mission and operations and shows genuine interest in supporting our beneficiaries.

  • People: Is a team player that takes initiative to support others, respects and integrates different views, and reacts positively to feedback.

  • Partnership: Takes initiative to reach out and effectively engage with colleagues external to the team and uses communication skills to strengthen collaboration.

Working Languages Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required. Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision) Under the direct supervision of the HR Officer, 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. The Team Leader 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 acquire knowledge of the:
  • WFP organization, its structure, mission and operations.

  • Performance Management and Talent Management processes.

  • Key HR initiatives coordinated by the branch, including PACE for all contract holders, the Global Staff Survey, Diversity & Inclusion, and Long Service Awards.

and will increase their:
  • Communications skills.

  • Development and initiative skills and

  • Enhance their Team Work capabilities.

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.
  • Other relevant information

VA Reference no: 111221 Closing Date: 15 January 2020 Terms and Conditions:
  • Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP up to the maximum amount of US$1000 per month depending on the duty station of assignment.

  • 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, brothers or sisters.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.  WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service. Fighting Hunger Worldwide
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