World Food Programme (WFP)

Intern (Public Partnerships and Resourcing Division)

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 Intern position in the Key Accounts Team (KAT), of the Partnerships and Resourcing Division (PPR), based in Rome, Italy.

Brief description of Key Account Team, PPR:

The Public Partnerships and Resourcing Division (PPR), invests its efforts to build partnerships with governments and to harness intelligence on the funding priorities of donors with the intent to enable Regional Bureaux and Country Offices improve the matching of needs with funding opportunities. The division aims to provide WFP with the latest information regarding the prevailing resourcing trends and necessary guidance to secure funds from different sources. Within the division, the KAT team is in the front-line for Government donors engagement.

General Information

  • Title of Post: Internship
  • Supervisor: Jihan Yanni Jacobucci
  • Unit: PPR
  • Country: Italy
  • Duty Station: Rome
  • Duration of internship: 8 months
  • Expected Start: March 2021
Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the relevant Government Partnerships Officer (GPO), the incumbent will support the Team Leader and GPOs in the KAT team in managing the relationships with a number of key European and Latin American donors. The incumbent will be responsible for a wide variety of assignments, including but not limited to the following:
  • Provide support to GPOs in managing relationships with Australia, Canada and Ireland and any other donor as required;
  • Assist the GPO with research on donor background and trends, including ODA policies and funding trends;
  • Conduct a weekly press review and Analysis on political developments in the assigned donor countries, selecting the most relevant updates on WFP and advising the GPOs;
  • Assist in preparing documents, including correspondence, briefings and other materials for the GPOs and WFP senior management;
  • Assist in the research and consolidation of GPOs inputs on donor development policies and thematic priorities, including social protection, Climate Change, education, nutrition, Food Systems, etc.;
  • Assist in the organization of donor events donor bilateral meetings; high level consultations; travel to capital; etc.
  • Participate in meetings and events with donors and team activities as required;
  • Perform other duties as necessary.
Working Languages

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

Essential Requirements

  • Be currently enrolled or have recently graduated from a Bachelor’s (with at least two years completed) or Graduate programme (i.e. Master’s) in Political Science, International Relations, Development, Communications or other relevant field;
  • In both circumstances, have attended courses in the last 12 months
  • Have proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Written and oral proficiency in English – good command of a second UN language is desirable. Knowledge of Spanish is an asset.
  • Strong analytical skills, advanced drafting/writing skills are essential.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
  • Able to set priorities and maintain high quality outputs within given deadlines
  • Desire to build up learning about WFP’s mission and programs
  • Resourcefulness and willingness to take initiative
  • Possess strong writing skills, good interpersonal skills, and ability to work easily in a multi-cultural team environment
  • Creative thinker, with strong planning, organizational and execution skills
  • Intellectually curious and open minded, eager to take on new project initiatives
Desirable Requirements

  • General knowledge of UN system policies and processes;
  • Some experience in project management and Fundraising;
  • Interest or experience in volunteering or working on the issues of Food Security and nutrition;
  • Interest or experience in volunteering or working in developing countries.
Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision) Under the direct supervision of the relevant Government Partnerships 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 part of the supervision. 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 Built an understanding of how WFP operates
  • Developed his/her critical and communication skills
  • Learnt how to deal with diverse government donors
  • Improved his/her writing skills through supporting the relevant GPO in briefs preparation
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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Closing Date: 19 March 2021 Please note that the deadline is at 11:59 pm Rome time (GMT + 1) 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.
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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