World Food Programme (WFP)

Intern (Communications and Social Media Outreach)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

Internship – Communications and Social Media Outreach, WFP Nordic Office, Copenhagen 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 communication and social media outreach Intern position in the WFP Nordic Office, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Are you passionate about humanitarian and development work? And do you want to gain experience within communication, outreach, and advocacy? An internship at the UN World Food Programme’s Nordic Office will give you the opportunity to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 2 and the fight Against Hunger in the world’s leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. WFP Nordic Office is located in Copenhagen in the UN City, which hosts 11 UN organizations. The office raises awareness of the key role of WFP in reaching Zero Hunger and the results achieved together with its Nordic partners.

In preparation for the internship, you will have a full week of handover with the outgoing group of interns. The dates of the internship are therefore fixed.

General Information

  • Title of Post: Internship
  • Supervisor: Communications Officer
  • Unit: Communication, Advocacy and Marketing (CAM)
  • Country:  Denmark
  • Duty Station: Copenhagen
  • Duration of internship: 6 months (full-time position)
  • Expected Start Date: 9th August 2021
  • Expected End Date: 11th February 2022
Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Communications Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:
    • Maintain and further expand WFP Nordic Office’s online support base through:
      • Translating, editing and updating Finnish website
      • Creating content, translating, editing and updating Finnish Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account
    • Translate and distribute corporate updates, statements and press-releases
    • Cooperate on various campaigns and outreach activities
    • Host visits and make presentations to students about the work of WFP
    • Handle inquiries from students and general public
    • Monitor national media on issues related to the work and mandate of WFP and report on relevant media coverage
    • Carry out national political surveillance on issues related to the work and mandate of WFP and report on relevant developments in government policies in Finland
    • Monitor trends and issues which impact hunger and food assistance and identify opportunities for WFP to influence public debate on hunger, food and Development Assistance
    • Assist in the planning and preparation of visits, meetings and conferences, briefing material and other administrative matters
    • Any other duties as required

Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled having completed at least two years of undergraduate studies or have recently graduated in the last six months
  • University course attendance in the past 12 months
  • Excellent written communication skills in Finnish
  • Translations – from English into Finnish and vice versa
  • Fluency in Finnish (mother tongue); excellent command of English; Working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
Desirable requirements

  • BA or MA in Communication, Journalism, International Development or other fields related to the mandate of WFP
  • Experience in online communication – with a strong social media knowledge. Experience from journalism, communication or other information related work is desirable
  • Working experience in national or international organizations, relevant to the humanitarian and/or development field
  • Experience in outreach/advocacy campaigns and other activities
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

  • Enabler of positive change, demonstrate I will/I can spirit, teamwork approach, connect and share across the team, high work ethics, prepared to take on responsibility, adaptability skills.
Working Languages

Fluency in Finnish (mother tongue) and English (proficiency/level C) is required.

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision) Under the direct supervision of the Communications Officer, the incumbent will be provided with close guidance and technical supervision. Performance planning and reviews as well as learning and development discussions will be elemental part of the supervision. The WFP Nordic Office Director will be the second-level supervisor. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and assignment of a buddy, 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 time and opportunities, interns may attend conferences and other activities in or outside the UN City, as appropriate.

Learning Elements

At the end of the assignment, the Intern should have gained solid hands-on experience in all aspects of communication, advocacy and marketing and have obtained a profound understanding of the mandate and work of WFP and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030.

Information on the Country of Assignment

  • Living conditions in Copenhagen, Denmark

    The security situation in Denmark remains in line with other European Countries. There are no specific threats against the UN in Denmark. Fighting among criminal gang have taken place in major cities in Denmark. Normally they target members of criminal gangs but some “drive by shootings” have resulted in innocent civilians coming in harm’s way. 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 Denmark.
  • Other relevant information

    Interviews will be held in English via Skype and are scheduled to take place in the week after the closing date. For questions, please contact:
Birgitte Keller Pedersen World Food Programme UN City, Marmorvej 51 DK-2100 Copenhagen Tel.: +45 45 33 53 50 E-mail: : birgitte.pedersen@wfp.org Once you are chosen for an internship with WFP, please be prepared to provide your recent university record, ie: proof of enrolment or degree, as well as course transcripts. VA Reference no: Internship - Finland

 Closing Date: 21st March 2021.

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 recognized 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.
Due to uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the conditions stated in this vacancy announcement may change, including the expected start date. We encourage you to follow the situation in Copenhagen/Denmark closely. 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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