World Food Programme (WFP)

PD Intern (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  PD Internship Programme 2021 – Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Intern Cambodia Country Office, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 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 in our VAM team, based either in Phnom Penh, Cambodia or home-based depending on the pandemic restrictions. The internship will be for a period of at least 3 months starting in June 2021.

Brief description of VAM unit, Cambodia Country Office:

Cambodia has achieved sustained economic growth over the past two decades, attaining lower middle-income country status in 2016. Despite substantial progress, socio-economic and gender inequalities persist, hampering access to nutritious diet. Food security and nutrition face challenges caused by shocks, a rapidly changing food environment and inefficiencies in the food system.

In recent years, the WFP Cambodia Country Office has shifted its activities from the implementation of food assistance programmes in Cambodia towards capacity strengthening for national counterparts, leveraging its expertise in food security and nutrition analytics to strengthen national capacities and improve evidence-based policy formulation and planning. WFP supports the Government’s digital transformation, developing information Management Systems, analytics and mapping and supporting informed development and humanitarian actions.

In collaboration with Government partners, the Cambodia VAM unit supports analyses of food security, nutrition and social protection parameters, integrating gender and age; mobilizes evidence and knowledge in support of the formulation and execution of national strategies and policies; and assists in the monitoring of progress made against SDG 2 targets. The VAM unit also manages a national food price monitoring system and generates regular knowledge products in such areas as food security, climate change, nutrition, urban vulnerabilities, migration.

General Information

  • Title of Post: PD Internship_VAM
  • Supervisor: Team Lead, VAM
  • Unit: VAM
  • Country: Cambodia
  • Duty Station: Phnom Penh
  • Duration of internship: 3 months
  • Expected Start Date: 15 June 2021

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Team Lead, VAM, the candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Support the drafting, editing and publishing of VAM information and knowledge products
  • Assist with data analysis and mapping activities as required based on capacities
  • Assist in the extraction and aggregation of relevant data and datasets to produce Data Visualizations
  • Undertake field visits for primary data collection and reporting as required
  • Perform other related tasks and duties as directed
Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled within 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). Preferred areas of study or concentration include data analysis, remote sensing applications, GIS/mapping, climate change
  • Excellent command of English
  • Strong writer, ability to quickly edit and communicate difficult topics to general audiences
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
  • Some experience with Python, R, SPSS, Stata, Tableau, and/or QGIS/Arcgis would be an asset.
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

  • Ability to work as a team in a multicultural environment as well as independently
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Integrity and transparency
  • Sensitivity to diversity
  • Customer and result oriented
Working Languages

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

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of Team Lead, VAM, 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. Programme Policy Officer (Activity 3-5) 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:
  • Very good understanding of VAM strategies, plans and activities and overall operations in WFP Cambodia Country Office
  • Enhanced technical capacity with data analysis and GIS
  • General understanding of WFP as an organization.
  • Strengthened report writing skills
Information on the Country of Assignment

  • Living conditions in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cambodia is currently experiencing an outbreak of Covid-19 transmission and as such many activities, such as travel to provinces or conduct of large meetings are currently restricted. A 14-day quarantine is required to enter the country, although this may change by the time the internship commences.

Notwithstanding the Covid-19 situation, the current UN security level in Cambodia is Minimal (1), the lowest rating possible. Bag and phone snatchings across Phnom Penh - especially during the night time - remains the main threat to the security of UN personnel.

VA Reference no: 141757

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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