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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-20

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Internship - Nutrition and HIV/AIDS team, Nutrition Division, Rome, Italy

Rome (Italy)

Internship HIV/AIDS Team

Nutrition 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 to fill a HIV/AIDS Team intern position in the Nutrition Division, based in Rome, Italy.

Brief description of HIV/AIDS Team, Nutrition Division:

As a Cosponsor of The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), WFP has contributed to joint responses to HIV/AIDS for over a decade. WFP shares the vision of achieving zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. WFP works with governments and partners to address the HIV epidemic using a nutritionally integrated, multisectoral approach that places nutrition at the centre of integrated, people-centred programme implementation, relief and rehabilitation. WFP ensures that food and nutrition support are provided to people living with HIV and to tuberculosis patients and their households to support treatment adherence, improve nutrient uptake, and to meet complex nutritional needs. WFP also addresses prevention by engaging with vulnerable groups to reduce high risk behaviours and thus prevent the transmission of HIV. This is achieved through leveraging multiple context-appropriate entry points including: food and nutrition support, social safety nets, emergency preparedness and response, technical support to governments and national partners, school meals, economic strengthening, livelihood generation, and supply chain and logistics support services. WFP also provided a number of modalities for service delivery like cash transfers and in-kind assistance. Under the updated 2018 UNAIDS Division of Labour, WFP is responsible for ensuring that food and nutrition issues are integrated into all system-wide responses to HIV and co-convenes work on HIV-sensitive social protection with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and on addressing HIV in humanitarian contexts with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The Nutrition Division (OSN) at WFP Headquarters is seeking to fill a full-time internship position for a period of six months starting as soon as possible.

General Information

  • Title of Post: Internship
  • Supervisor: Deputy Director, OSN
  • Unit: Nutrition Division (OSN)
  • Country:  Italy
  • Duty Station: Rome
  • Duration of internship:  6 months
  • Expected Start Date:  as soon as possible

Duties and responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of Fatiha Terki, the candidate will assist the HIV/AIDS team and perform the following duties:

•        Provide support to WFP Geneva and Rome-based Global Coordinator and Focal Points in managing relationships with UNAIDS and the Global Fund. This includes, though not limited to, assistance in preparing background documents, Note for the Record, briefs, talking points and presentations. 

•        Assist in preparing documents, including correspondence, briefings and other materials for WFP senior management.

•        Assist in the organization of events, conferences and meetings; and represent WFP in meetings as required.

•        Support the production of advocacy materials including

o        Country-level and/or emergency-level case study (minimum 1)

o        Fact sheets on HIV and the role of nutrition in emergencies (1) and Social Protection and Nutrition (1)

•        Perform any other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the past six months), preferably with a degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Political Science, Anthropology, International Affairs, International Law, Development, Communications or other relevant fields;
  • University course attendance in the past 12 months;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), Publisher and Outlook.

Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to write in a concise and effective way with excellent attention to detail.
  • 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 projects and coordinate multiple activities on deadlines;
  • Good planning and analytical skills.
  • Information on the Country of Assignment

Working Languages

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

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of the key programme officers of the team, 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 Deputy Director of Nutrition 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 demonstrate the ability to:

  • convey ideas and thoughts in a clear and convincing way in one-on-one discussions or groups presentations and ability to produce clear correspondence and written reports;
  • effectively apply their knowledge and skills to the job, and to consistently learn and improve performance;
  • show initiative and enthusiasm in their work, effectively organize and manage time, and deliver high-quality results in line with agreed objectives;
  • innovate and find new ways of working and improving results while maintaining a strong service orientation;
  • take ownership of assigned responsibilities, to be productive, fulfill commitments and use resources responsibly;
  • complement current academic training and provide exposure to the global HIV/AIDS UN partnerships agenda;
  • strengthen their skills in writing, research, communication and knowledge management;
  • gain the opportunity to explore potential career choices in HIV/AIDS programming, communications and knowledge management and global public health by gaining practical, real-life experience in a culturally diverse international 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:  105613

Closing Date: June 20, 2019

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.

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