World Food Programme (WFP)

Intern (Legal Office)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

Internship - Legal Office, World Food Programme, Rome, Italy Legal Internship 

Legal Office, Rome, 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.  WFP is an autonomous joint subsidiary programme of the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

We are currently seeking to fill one or more Intern position in the Legal Office based in Rome, Italy. Due to existing Covid-19 circumstances, teleworking from country of origin/residence may be needed.

Brief description of Legal Office

The Legal Office provides support for WFP’s mission through its three branches – the Administrative and Employment Law Branch (LEGA), the Contractual and Constitutional Law Branch (LEGC) and the Maritime, Transport and Insurance Law Branch (LEGM). You will be selected to work in one of the three branches with the possibility of doing some cross-functional work between branches.

General Information

•    Title of Post: Legal Intern •    Supervisor: Legal Officer, as assigned •    Unit: LEG •    Country: Italy •    Duty Station: Rome (Remote Working) •    Duration of internship: Minimum 3 months •    Expected Start Date: Negotiable start date between February 2021 and April 2021 Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of a Legal Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Conduct legal research into and assist in interpreting WFP’s regulations and rules and other internal normative sources of law, and public International Law, including but not limited to international treaties governing privileges and immunities and the jurisprudence of the international tribunals, such as the International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal;
  • Prepare legal briefs, opinions, memoranda and correspondence;
  • Study legal questions relating to procurement, shipping, aviation, land transport, insurance, and commercial and contract law;
  • Assist in the preparation, pursuit and negotiation of claims;
  • Assist in the drafting, review and negotiation of commercial contracts and agreements with governments, UN agencies, international and national partners and vendors;
  • Analyse and assess evidence collected in cases involving alleged employee misconduct;
  • Interpret and apply international treaties, and assist in drafting diplomatic communications to the governments of countries in which WFP works;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications and experience

•    Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or about to begin, the final year of an undergraduate law programme (first degree); be currently enrolled in a graduate law programme (second degree, e.g., master’s or JD); or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate law programme within six months of the deadline for applications. In all cases, candidates must have attended a course within the last 12 months for credit towards the law degree. (If you are selected, a university certification will be required).

•    Proficiency in MS Office (in particular, Word, Excel, and Power Point).

•    Previous legal experience in a law firm, in-house, or the legal office of another international organisation is preferred but not required.

Required soft skills/WFP Competencies

Purpose: •    Understands WFP’s strategic objectives and the link to the individual’s work objectives.

•    Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors.

•    Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

•    Sets daily tasks that align with WFP’s overall operations.

People: •    Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness and includes these in conversations on the individual’s professional development goals.

•    Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

•    Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence and develop and improve individual skills.

•    Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance: •    Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

•    Aims to deliver results within individual scope of work on time and without errors; seeks assistance and guidance from senior lawyers, as needed.

•    Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

•    Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership: •    Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.

•    Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately escalate needs of external partners.

•    Portrays an informed and professional demeanour toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

•    Provides operational support on Analysis and assessments that quantify and demonstrate WFP’s unique value as a partner.

Working Languages

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

•    Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or Portuguese is preferred, but not required.

Supervision (Level/Methods of supervision)

Under the direct supervision of a Legal Officer, the legal intern will be provided with one-on-one technical supervision, skills development, and mentoring. Supervision will include performance planning and review, as well as learning and development discussions, as appropriate. A Senior Legal Officer will be the second-level supervisor. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and assignment of a supervisor, 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 would be expected to have improved their skills in the following areas: •    Legal analysis skills; •    Legal drafting skills (expository, advocacy, and contract drafting); and •    Inter-personal skills required for working in a dynamic legal office, dealing with in-house, and manoeuvring in a large UN organization.

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. 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.

VA Reference no:   xxx Closing Date:  18 February, 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 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 current 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.
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