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Internship - Government Partnerships, Operational Support Team, Rome, Italy

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Democratic Governance
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-21

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Operational Support Team (OST)
Government Partnerships Division (PGG)
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 an internship position in our Operational Support Team (OST) in the Government Partnerships Division (PGG), based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Brief description of the Operational Support Team (OST), Government Partnerships Division (OST):

  • to support WFP Regional Bureaus and WFP Country Offices in resource mobilization and resource management for operations;
  • to develop and enable new areas of resource support from non-traditional donors, recipient governments, south-south collaboration and UN agencies;
  • to produce/provide resourcing information for WFP senior management;
  • to facilitate south-south and triangular cooperation and manage partnerships with UN agencies and host governments;
  • to advocate internally and externally for resource mobilisation and partnerships;

General Information

  • Title of Post: Internship
  • Supervisor: Government Partnerships Officers
  • Unit: Operational Support Team (OST), Government Partnerships Division (PGG)
  • Country: Italy  
  • Duty Station: Rome
  • Duration of internship: an initial period of 3 months, with a possibility of extension to 8 months
  • Expected Start Date: mid-November 2019

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Government Partnerships Officer (GPO), the candidate will perform the following duties:

  • Assist the GPO in supporting countries covered by specific WFP Regional Bureau and Country Offices as needed;
  • Assist in preparing Emergency Funding Dashboards for corporate emergencies;
  • Support on providing feedback to Country Offices for Partnership Action Plans;
  • Assist in the review of Country Strategic Plans, including preparation and analysis of statistical data, funding trends and opportunities;
  • Research background information and assist the GPO in preparing documents and analysis for management, often under tight deadline;
  • Provide support on internal processes; and
  • Perform other duties as required.


Qualifications and experience

•        Currently enrolled in (at least two years undergraduate studies completed) or recently graduated (within the past six months) with a degree in:

  • Preferred: Business, Economics, Government, International Affairs, Law, Organizational Development, Political Science, Statistics; 
  • Qualifying: Accounting; Agriculture, Anthropology, Banking, Communication, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Finance, Geography, History, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Logistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Nutrition, Social Sciences, Sociology


•        University course attendance in the past 12 months;

•        Strong proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); and

•        Ability to work under tight deadlines        

Working Languages

  • Excellent command of English (written and oral) preferred. English (proficiency/level C) required.
  • Working knowledge of a second UN language is an asset (proficiency/level C), with preference for French or Spanish;  

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of the Government Partnerships Officer, the selected intern will be provided with close mentoring, guidance and technical supervision by all the team members. Performance planning and reviews as well as learning and development discussions will be an elemental part of the supervision. The Senior Government Partnerships Officer will be the second-level supervisor.

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 a very good understanding of WFP resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation of ongoing operations, and donor communication methods/structures.  

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:  107598

Closing Date:   21 October 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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