World Food Programme (WFP)

PD Intern (Digital Financial Inclusion)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

PD Internship Programme 2021 – Digital Financial Inclusion Internship Cash-based transfers Division (CBT) Rome, Italy/ Home-based 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 motivated and qualified candidates to fill positions of the 2021 Policy and Programme Department (PD) Internship Programme.

The position will be home-based in the Digital Financial Inclusion Team of the Cash-based Transfers Division. Depending on whether travel restrictions are lifted, part of the internship might be based in Rome should the WFP office be open on a normal basis. The internship will be for the period of 6 months from June 2021.

Brief description of Digital Financial Inclusion team:

WFP is the largest humanitarian agency delivering cash to crises-affected populations. In 2020, cash-based transfers were 37 percent of WFP’s global programme of work. The provision of unrestricted cash transfers using commercial financial products and services is growing fast.

WFP believes in an inclusive financial ecosystem that extends the reach of affordable digital financial products and services to all. Within this ecosystem, people and particularly women should have the required financial and digital capabilities to make informed financial decisions, and the private sector should have the right market incentives to expand the reach of its networks and provide innovative solutions.

The candidate will be dedicated to helping our team better understand how humanitarian cash transfers and Government-to-person payments can support digital financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment.

General Information

  • Title of Post: PD Internship_Digital Financial Inclusion
  • Supervisor: Programme Policy Officer Cash-Based transfers/ Digital Financial Inclusion
  • Unit: Digital Financial Inclusion Team/Cash-based Transfers (CBT) Division
  • Country: Italy - remote
  • Duty Station: Rome, HQ - remote
  • Duration of internship: 6 months
  • Expected Start Date: June 2021
Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of a CBT Programme Policy Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties at global and country level as part of WFP’s work on enabling digital financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment through cash-based transfers:
  • Conduct context-specific research, develop country briefs, information sheets and other knowledge management materials
  • Support the development of a research piece on digital financial inclusion and social cash transfers, including contributing to various research outputs
  • Support the extraction, management and Analysis of digital financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment data and produce Data Visualization tools
  • Support the implementation of the initiative’s learning and Capacity Development strategy though innovative and dynamic ways of capturing and disseminating information for learning purposes
  • Perform other related tasks as requested by the direct and indirect supervisors.
Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate programme and attended classes in the past 12 months, or a recent graduate from a graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme), preferably in a relevant field -Economics/Development Economics/ Development Studies/ Social Protection/Gender Studies
  • Knowledge of humanitarian and development challenges and issues and familiarity with social protection and cash-based transfers
  • Knowledge and understanding of United Nations and its role in humanitarian and development cooperation
  • Excellent command of English, verbal and writing skills required; working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset
  • Strong writing, analytical, research and reporting skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) is required
  • Ability to use interactive visual collaboration and digital communication tools is desirable.
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

  • Team player with the ability to work independently in a diverse, multi-cultural team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Proactive attitude, shows initiative and has a sense of accountability
  • Ability to work productively and in an organized fashion.
Working Languages

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


Under the direct supervision of a 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. A senior CBT Programme Policy Officer 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:
  • Knowledge of WFP’s mandate, its operations, ways of work and internal consensus building
  • Good understanding of humanitarian and government Cash Transfer programming in humanitarian and development contexts
  • Good knowledge of how cash transfers can contribute to digital financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment, including a good understanding of challenges and opportunities across the public and the private sector
  • Knowledge of project Design, implementation and monitoring
  • Developed capacity on evidence-based research and reporting
  • Further strengthened report drafting and presentation skills.
Information on the Country of Assignment

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: 141653 

Closing Date: 2 May 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 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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