New York Internship World Food Programme

2018-12-10 2:10 pm


World Food Programme

Internship – External Relations

Private Partnerships Office

WFP NY Office,

New York City, USA

The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

We are currently seeking to fill an internship position located in the New York office that will provide substantive support to the WFP External Relations team.  The start date is asap.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Advisor in the WFP New York office, and the direct supervision of WFP External Relations Officers, the intern will assume the following responsibilities:

Inter-governmental meetings: General Assembly, Special Sessions, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Security Council and other inter-governmental fora:

  • Assist WFP staff members following the assigned events with all activities related to them: attend preparatory and formal meetings and prepare a timely note on salient points and outcome;

Inter-agency meetings: Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC), Country-Specific or Regional Task Forces, UN Development Group (UNDG), UN Reform, Development, Programming Tools:

  • As required, attend in a support role or the staff member in charge, take notes and intervene upon instructions of the supervisors, report as necessary;

Thematic and cross-cutting issues: Millenium Development Goals, Climate Change, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Avian Influenza, Emergency Preparedness, Mine Action, Gender etc.

  • As required, attend in a support role under the supervision of the WFP Professional Officer in charge, take notes, intervene upon instructions of the supervisors, report in writing on the meeting including analysis of issues important to WFP;

Research:

  • In consultation and coordination with other colleagues, regularly monitor issues of relevance to WFP, and advise concerned officers.  Sources include the internet, the UN Electronic Documentation System, UN intranet (Iseek), WFP Intranet (WFPGO), and other sources as required.

Event planning:

  • The intern will also support the planning and execution of events hosted by WFP in inter-governmental and inter-agency fora.

Other Duties:

  • The intern will carry out any other duties as required and as consistent with his/her abilities.

Essential Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled, or have recently graduated in the past six months, from a degree in international relations or related field;
  • At least two years of undergraduate studies completed;
  • Attendance of university courses in the last 12 months;
  • Written and oral proficiency in English.

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.

Closing date:  14 December 2018

VA reference no: 101927

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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