World Food Programme (WFP)

PD Intern (Forecast-based Financing Knowledge Management)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

PD Internship Programme 2021 – Forecast-based Financing Knowledge Management Intern Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction (PRO-C), PRO, Rome, Italy (Remote Internship) 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 until the pandemic-caused restrictions are lifted. The internship will be for the period of at least 6 months from June to December 2021.

Brief description of the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction unit and the Forecast based Financing section:

The Programme – Humanitarian and Development Division provides strategic and technical guidance, disseminates know-how across humanitarian and development areas and supports Regional Bureaus (RBs) and Country Offices (COs) in the Design and implementation of WFP Country Strategic Plans (CSPs).

As part of this division, the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes Unit (PRO-C) supports WFP Country Offices and the governments they serve to understand the effects of Climate Change on food security, develop strategic measures to reduce climate risks, and make innovative Climate Finance instruments work for vulnerable communities.

The Forecast-based Financing (FbF) team is part of the PRO-C and enables anticipatory actions for disaster mitigation at the community and government level using credible seasonal and weather forecasts. With climate change acting as a risk multiplier, WFP is strengthening this work with investments in FbF and anticipatory action across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

General Information

  • Title of Post:PD Internship
  • Supervisor: FbF Global Coordinator
  • Unit: Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction (PRO-C) – Forecast based Finance (FbF) team
  • Country: Italy - remote
  • Duty Station: Rome - remote
  • Duration of internship: 6 months (extendable up to total 8 months)
  • Expected Start Date: ASAP, June 2021.
Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the global FbF coordinator, the candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Support the development of the knowledge management structure for the FbF section in WFP, specifically:
    • Assist with the design and organization of the FbF repository tool
    • Explore, design, and apply creative knowledge management practices
    • Support the drafting of case studies for Country Offices and Regional Bureaus, and knowledge dissemination products, as needed
    • Support the Administration and facilitation of the FbF community of practice.
  • Assist the development of remote and online learning materials in relation to FbF and anticipatory action.
Qualifications and experience:

  • Currently enrolled with in a graduate programme and have 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). Studies on Disaster Risk Management and Climate change would be an asset
  • Basic knowledge in knowledge management and human centered design
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies: 

  • Collaborative spirit with the ability to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures
  • Outstanding organizational and time-management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles, and an ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work to tight deadlines
  • Strong drive, self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme
  • Good communication and proofreading skills and ability to engage with various stakeholders from different sectors and backgrounds
  • Adaptable and able to take on unexpected tasks
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme.
Working Languages

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

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of the FBF partnership 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. 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 a greater understanding of the World Food Programme’s work and its role within the wider humanitarian system.
  • Understand the Anticipatory Action section in the climate and disaster risk management cycle.
  • Experience in implementing a knowledge management and learning strategy.
  • Understand the cycle of an FbF project and study its application in different contexts and hazards.
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: 141651 

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$1,000 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.

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