World Food Programme (WFP)

PD Intern (Social Protection Knowledge for Impact)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

PD Internship Programme 2021 – Social Protection Knowledge for Impact Intern Social Protection, Policy and Programme Division, 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 will either be based in the Social Protection unit of the Programme and Policy Division, in Rome, Italy, or or home-based, depending on the pandemic-caused restrictions. The internship will be for the period of at least 4 months during end May/June to September 2021.

Brief description of WFP’s work in Social Protection:

Social protection is an increasingly relevant strategy for governments to reduce Extreme Poverty, as well as various forms of hunger and inequality. Virtually every country in the world has at least one social protection scheme in place, and 2.5 million people are already covered by some type of social protection programme. Yet, over 55% of the global population still lacks adequate social protection.

As a global leader in fighting hunger and malnutrition worldwide, often in very difficult contexts, the World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly called upon by governments to support national social protection systems. In 2020, WFP partnered with governments in 78 countries to support their national social protection systems, making assistance to social protection an integral part of WFP’s activities in most of the countries where it operates.

As the Covid-19 pandemic puts at risk not only the lives and livelihoods of many people across the globe, it also threatens to undermine decades of progress made towards the SDGs. In 2020, WFP supported 65 governments to introduce new, or scale-up or adapt existing social protection measures In response to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, often building on longer-term support to routine social protection.

Through its triple role as a technical Advisor, service provider and complementary actor, WFP is supporting these efforts, as it works with governments to extend the coverage, comprehensiveness, adequacy and quality of national social protection systems, with the aim to ensure that more people have access to strong national social protection systems that foster their ability to meet their Food Security, nutrition and associated essential needs, address inequality and reduce and address the risks and shocks they face.

General Information

  • Title of Post: PD Internship_Social Protection
  • Supervisor: Chief of the Social Protection Unit
  • Unit: Social Protection
  • Country: Italy - remote
  • Duty Station: Rome HQ - Remote
  • Duration of internship: 4 months (with possibility of extension)
  • Expected Start Date: June 2021
Duties and responsibilities

Under close supervision from the Chief of the Social Protection Unit and the Social Protection Global Knowledge and Learning Manager, the candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Support the development of a Knowledge, Communications and Capacities (KCC) Toolbox that helps the Organization and in particular, regional and field-level colleagues, to strategically capture and disseminate knowledge to better influence social protection policy and practice
  • Conduct qualitative research on social protection to support the development of executive briefing notes and literature reviews on emerging topics to inform ongoing and future initiatives and collaborations.
  • Assist in the documentation of WFP’s work in social protection, capitalizing on the experiences and lessons learnt of the Organization in this field and for the strategic benefit of a wider audience of policymakers and practitioners at national, regional and global levels.
  • Creatively support the dissemination and adaptation of WFP’s research agenda in social protection to diverse stakeholders, proposing innovative and engaging modalities to share and convey technical content.
  • Contribute to the articulation of strategic initiatives to improve the outreach and impact of WFP’s social protection knowledge and learnings through well written concept notes and proposals for senior management and key internal and external partners.
  • Provide support to corporate Information Management initiatives and platforms helping to improve and curate databases, internal and external websites.
Qualifications and experience

  • Presently enrolled in a graduate programme and have attended classes in the past twelve months, or a recent graduate from a graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme). Preferred areas of study are: Development Studies, Public and Social Policy, Communications, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, Management and/or Economics
  • Excellent command of English; Working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset.
  • Understanding and interest in different social protection definitions, approaches and key policy considerations
  • Experience undertaking qualitative research, with a proven command of different research methodologies
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability in creative-, systems- and/or Design-thinking is an asset
  • Excellent writing skills in English and other languages
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
  • Proficiency in MS Publisher, In Design and/or Photoshop is highly desirable
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Strong communications skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and coordinate activities with competing deadlines
  • Excellent planning and analytical skills
  • High emotional intelligence and strong inter-personal skill set
  • Ability to effectively partner, mobilize support and support team building and partnerships
  • Self-starting mentality, with a thirst for new learning opportunities and keen to share their own knowledge
Working Languages

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

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision) Under the direct supervision of the Social Protection Programme and Policy Officer - Global Knowledge and Learning Manager, 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 Chief of the Social Protection Unit 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:
  • acquired very good technical knowledge of social protection, different national schemes and how UN agencies contribute to the design, implementation or enhancement of these systems
  • strengthened skills in management and strategic thinking through the identification of different tools and methodologies to effectively capture, disseminate and influence policymakers and practitioners
  • contributed to the positioning of the Social Protection Unit through the documentation of valuable experiences and lessons learnt on social protection policy and programming and sharing this with the organization
  • enhanced the ability to effectively communicate technical research and information in engaging and impactful ways, catering for a variety of different audiences
  • familiarized with key debates and approaches in food security and nutrition as well as in the humanitarian and development fields
  • gained a general understanding of WFP as an organization
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: 141745

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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