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PD Intern - Urban Response

The Programme 

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 our Programme Unit of the Regional Bureau for Southern Africa (RBJ), based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The internship will be typically for the period of at least 3 months during June to August/September 2021. The internship can be pursued in person or remotely, depending on the pandemic situation and the international travel restrictions in place.   
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 learnt about WFP, its mission, internal organizational structure, workstream and culture. 
  • Have a general understanding of WFP operations and activities in the region. 
  • Familiarized with WFP strategies, methodologies and tools related to resilience building, preparedness and capacity strengthening and sustainable food systems in urban settings. 
  • Gained experience in working in multidisciplinary and international teams. 
  • Development of professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem-solving, team building.
  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management. 

What You Will Do 

  • Conduct desk research and literature reviews on urban programming and other related topics. These might include urban preparedness and capacity building to strengthen resilience; crisis response in urban contexts, urban food systems. 
  • Analyse and assess the urban context in the Southern Africa region to map out programmatic needs and approaches. 
  • Utilize findings to support colleagues with drafting a regional concept note on WFPs engagement in urban contexts in
  • Southern Africa within the context of food and nutrition security. 
  • Research on WFP and the global urban agenda: trends and discussions, mapping of actors, frameworks, approaches, and best practices. 
  • Support to identify new innovative funding streams (funds, foundations, grants etc.) and partnerships (i.e.. Academia, NGO, CSOs, Private sector etc.) to help strengthen and increase RBJ’s capacity to support CO urban responses in the region.
  • Support colleagues in their daily tasks. 

Required Skills and Abilities 

  • 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).  
  • Preferred areas of study are Humanitarian or Development Assistance, International Relations, Geography, Urban Studies and Planning, Social Sciences or another related field. 
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams would be an asset.   
  • Excellent command of English; Working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook). 
  • A strong analytical skill, synthesis capacity, excellent writing, and communication skills as well as the capacity to work with a diverse team will make a successful candidate. 
  • Proactivity and creativity. 
  • Openness to innovation and learning. 
  • Enthusiasm for humanitarian and development causes. 
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills. 
  • Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required. 
Closed 11 days ago
Closed 11 days ago
  • Job type:Internships
  • Disciplines:

    Planning and Surveying, Research and Development

  • Citizenships:

  • Locations:

    Johannesburg (South Africa)

  • Closing Date:2nd May 2021, 6:00 pm


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