World Food Programme (WFP)

Intern (Workforce Planning & Capacity Development Team)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  CBT Division: Workforce Planning & Capacity Development Team - 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.  We are currently seeking to fill a CBT intern position in our CBT Division, Rome, Italy.

Brief description of Division:

The CBT Division in WFP’s Headquarters leads the organization’s global efforts in cash programming and is a dynamic and agile team that works multi-functionally and with a range of innovative partners. Within the Division, the Workforce Planning and Capacity Development team is responsible for building CBT human resources capacity and capability in the effort to achieve excellence in cash programming.

The Intern will work under the supervision of the CBT Programme Policy Officer responsible for the CBT workforce deployments and Capacity Building. The supervisor will provide clear guidance and project priorities and share existing experience and materials which will serve as basis for the fulfilment of tasks. The Intern will also work with other team members as well as with colleagues from the Human Resources Division on the CBT strategic workforce planning project. He/She will also collaborate with the multifunctional focal points of the Capacity Development Team on learning tasks. It is expected and planned that this assignment represents a learning opportunity for the Intern, through the exposure to a number of core areas related to Cash Transfer programmes.

General Information

  • Title of Post: Internship in Cash Based Transfer Division
  • Supervisor: CBT Programme Policy Officer
  • Unit: CBT
  • Country: Italy
  • Duty Station: Rome, HQ
  • Duration of internship: 8 months
  • Expected Start Date: 15 February 2021
Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the CBT Programme Policy Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties: Workforce Planning:
  • Assist the Cash-Based Transfer Senior Advisor on the roll out of the CBT Strategic Workforce Planning Project and on the follow up of CBT Fit Pool recruitment exercise;
  • Support the CBT Programme Officer in Rosters’ management ( updates; interview planning; exchange of communications with members)
  • Research Roster management initiatives inside and outside WFP and propose plans for improvement
  • Analyze deployments and CBT rosters statistics and prepare reports
  • Keep the ‘Workforce Development drive’ updated;
  • Organize and categorize all documents/files
Capacity Building:
  • Support CBT Programme Officer on the development of Learning Tools/Activities and Webinar management (prepare invites, communications; CBT community of practice notifications, reports on participation and feedback);
  • Link with graphic designer to produce visual reports;
  • Liaise with the CBT Information Management and Communications teams to report info/updates on workforce planning and capacity development on a weekly basis;
  • Support the team on the management of the CBT We Learn Channel including identification of new relevant documents, tools, video and e-learning to be included;
  • Propose new forms of online learning opportunities and platforms for the team to explore;
  • Support the team with remaining learning/capacity building initiatives Perform other duties as and when required

Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the past six months);
  • University course attendance in the past 12 months;
  • Preferred academic background in International Affairs, Economics, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Business Administration, Public Policy, Statistics
  • 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:

  • Good planning and organizational skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Good research and analytical skills;
  • Good drafting skills
Working Languages

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


Under the direct supervision of the CBT Programme Policy 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 Senior CBT Adviser 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:
  • Understand CBT corporate processes and models;
  • Understand CBT programme cycle;
  • Acquired knowledge of learning/capacity building methodologies and platforms;
  • Acquired knowledge of workforce planning methodologies and strategies
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.

VA Reference no: xxx Closing Date: 2 Weeks from posting date 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 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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