World Food Programme (WFP)

PD Intern (Gender Research and Reporting)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

PD Internship Programme 2021 – Gender - Research and Reporting (2 interns) Gender Office, Policy and Programme Development Department, 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 motivated and qualified candidates to fill positions of the 2021 Policy and Programme Department (PD) Internship Programme.

The position is looking for two (2) interns who will either be based in our Gender Office of the Policy Programme Department, in Rome, Italy, or home-based, depending on the pandemic-caused restrictions. The internship will be for the period of 6 months from June/July 2021.

Brief description of Gender Office, Policy and Programme Department:

“A world with zero hunger can be achieved only when everyone has equal opportunities, equal access to resources, and equal voice in the decisions that shape their households, communities and societies.” (WFP Gender Policy 2015-2020) For WFP, Gender Equality and women’s empowerment are central to ending global hunger and saving lives. For a world of zero hunger we need transformative changes; changes that redistribute power between women and men, girls and boys. With equality and empowerment, Food Security and nutrition for all persons, without distinction, become possible.

To assist everybody in integrating gender into their daily business, the Gender Office (GEN) implements initiatives and provides services to individuals, offices and units across the Organization.


Gender is mainstreamed throughout all WFP's policies, programmes, activities and actions that support partner countries in addressing Food and Nutrition challenges In summary, the work of GEN involves:
  • integrating gender equality into corporate policies, strategies, action plans and guidance, to ensure that the corporate commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment, as articulated in the Gender Policy is replicated and applied across all governance, programming, and organizational documents.
  • implementing the WFP Gender Mainstreaming mechanisms, specifically the Gender Transformation Programme (GTP), the Gender and Age Marker (GaM), the Gender Results Network (GRN), and UN SWAP 2.0.
  • strengthening the commitment and capacities of WFP employees and entities to independently integrate gender into their daily work.
  • conducting and contributing to research to generate knowledge for evidence-based programming.
  • developing and delivering campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality for all of WFP’s work, as well as stimulate concrete actions to that end; and
  • collaborating with internal and external partners to expand efforts for advancing gender equality and utilise scarce resources economically and efficiently.

General Information

  • Title of Post: PD Intern_Gender – Research & Reporting (2 interns)
  • Supervisor: Policy and Programme Officer
  • Unit: Gender Office
  • WFP Country: Italy
  • Duty Station: Rome
  • Duration of internship: 6 months
  • Expected Start Date: June 2021
Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Undertake research on tools/ best practices and build evidence on integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment and disseminate knowledge and information to GEN staff, Regional Gender Advisers, and the Gender Resource Network
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders
  • Provide support to Country Offices on the implementation of the Gender Transformation Programme; carry out data analyses/assessments related to Gender Equality Mainstreaming
  • Draft reports, prepare presentations, talking points, briefing products, and other materials.
  • Assist in running meetings, forums; represent the office in meetings
  • Provide support to the two Joint Programmes managed by three Rome Based Agencies; support the development and review of new documents, country workplans and proposals related to the Joint Programme on accelerating economic empowerment of rural women
  • Update the gender toolkit and the gender learning channel, prepare communication products for the updated gender policy
  • Other duties as needed.
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)
  • Excellent command of English; Excellent skills in written English are essential
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
  • Strong interest/basic understanding in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment would be an asset.
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

  • Good communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with minimum supervision
  • Networking skills to engage with key internal and external partners
Working Languages

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

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision) Under the direct supervision of a 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 Gender Advisor 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:
  • Have an increased understanding of the World Food Programme
  • Understand the linkages between Food Insecurity and gender
  • Understand the various mainstreaming tools for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment in WFP’s work
  • Understand the value of the three Rome Based Agencies partnership in increasing gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Write assessment reports on the subject covered by intern’s work
  • Be able to work as a team member in a multicultural setting
Information on the Country of Assignment

  • Living conditions in Rome, Italy
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: 141748

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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