World Food Programme (WFP)

PD Intern (Geospatial Analysis)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

PD Internship Programme 2021 – Geospatial Analysis Programme Unit, WFP Iraq Country Office 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 based in the Programme Unit working remotely for the WFP Iraq Country office that is based in Baghdad. The internship will be typically for the period of at least 3 months during June to August/September 2021.

Brief description of Iraq Country Office:  

The assistance provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Iraq focuses on saving lives and fostering livelihoods, supporting the government of Iraq's social protection programmes towards Zero Hunger. Through emergency assistance to IDPs and refugees, and recovery and skills training activities for returnees, WFP is helping the Iraqi government reduce vulnerability and build people’s resilience and food security, towards longer-term peace and development.

General Information

  • Title of Post:PD Internship_Geospatial Analysis
  • Supervisor: Head of Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM)/Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • Unit: Programme Unit
  • Country: Iraq
  • Duty Station: Iraq - remote
  • Duration of internship: 2-3 months
  • Expected Start Date: Flexible
Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Head of Vulnerability Assessment & Mapping (VAM) and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), the candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Support in geospatial data analysis using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence approaches
  • Analysis of remotely sensed satellite data to inform the food security situation in Iraq
  • Climate data analysis for the geographical targeting of climate change and resilience building interventions
  • Work with the Food Security Analysis team to perform time-series analysis and modeling of geospatial data to support the regular reporting products
  • Support in food security analysis for any ongoing study/report as needed
  • Support in monitoring the resilience building interventions and their impacts using high resolution satellite data
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 bachelor or graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme), preferably in relevant areas of study in Geospatial analysis, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Big Data, Data sciences
  • Excellent command of English; Working knowledge of Arabic would be an asset
  • Proficiency in geospatial big data analysis, Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence applications/platforms like Google Earth Engine, Google COLAB, Sen2Agri, Python/JavaScript, Arcgis Desktop/Pro, ArcGIS Server, and other similar applications
  • Good knowledge and understanding of methodologies for geospatial information acquisition, examination, collation, and analysis
  • Strong writing skills with a demonstrated ability to research and draft clear, concise analysis briefs
  • Strong ability with MS Word, Excel as well as MS PowerPoint or similar application
  • Good knowledge of open source and social media research techniques and knowledge in information security is desirable.
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills; strong organisational skills.
  • Ability to work both with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to deliver outputs by agreed deadlines.
  • Ability to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong communication skills to develop and maintain working relations with persons in different units and geographical locations.
Working Languages

Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required. Arabic language skills are useful but not a requirement.

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision) Under the direct supervision of Head of Vulnerability Assessment & Mapping/ M&E, 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 Head of Programme 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:
  • Strengthened skills in Food Security analysis using WFP corporate approach (CARI)
  • Acquired good technical knowledge of Beneficiary Targeting for humanitarian assistance
  • Familiarized with key debates and approaches in food security and nutrition as well as in the humanitarian and development fields
  • Enhanced the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Gained a general understanding of WFP as an organization
Information on the Country of Assignment

Due to the security situation and pandemic situation this internship for 2021 will have to be conducted remotely.

VA Reference no: 141749

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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