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PD Summer Internship Programme 2020 - Resilience and Climate Change

Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-23

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Resilience and Climate Change Adaption Unit of Tajikistan Office, Dushanbe, Tajikistan



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 for candidates to participate in the PD Summer Internship Programme 2020 in the Policy and Programme Department (PD).


The position will be based in the Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Unit of WFP Tajikistan Country Office in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The internship will be typically for the period of at least 3 months during May/June to August/September 2020.



Brief description of WFP activities and Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Unit in Tajikistan:


WFP Tajikistan Country Strategic Plan (CSP) addresses the gaps identified in the zero-hunger strategic review and enables WFP to maximize its added value through an increased focus on strengthening the capacities of the government and other national stakeholders to develop a comprehensive approach to food security and nutrition and to implement effective and equitable evidence-based programmes, including for climate change adaptation and emergency preparedness.


WFP activities reflect the needs of beneficiaries identified through consultations as well as national priorities identified in the National Development Strategy (NDS) - 2030. This CSP will contribute to United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) priorities on health, education, social protection, food security and nutrition, and resilience and environmental sustainability. This CSP contributes to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)’s 2 and 17 through strategic results 1 (access to food), 2 (malnutrition), 4 (sustainable food systems) and 5 (capacity strengthening) while also linking to SDG 4 on ensuring quality education. Given that gender inequalities hinder the achievement of food security, WFP activities will contribute to gender equality and gender considerations will be integrated into all activities.


Strategic Outcome (SO) 3 focuses on building the resilience of food insecure communities, in gender equitable and empowering ways, in order to increase their adaptive capacity to the various impacts of climate change, in line with national priorities on adaptation to climate change included in the NDS-2030, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), and related UNDAF Outcome 6. WFP will contribute to the resilience-building of communities most prone to climate change, enabling them to manage sustainable, adaptable, equitable and shock-responsive food systems and cope with natural disasters and shocks. The combination of assets, skills and technology transfer will strengthen the targeted communities’ food systems.


This outcome is achieved through three outputs:

  • Targeted vulnerable households receive food assistance that meets their immediate food needs and enables them to improve their livelihoods.
  • Targeted communities benefit from new and rehabilitated productive assets that improve their resilience to climate shocks and other stressors and enable them to improve their food security.
  • Targeted vulnerable households benefit from climate services, technology transfer and improved capacities that enable them to diversify their livelihoods, build resilience and adapt to climate change.



General Information


  • Title of Post: PD Summer Intern
  • Unit: Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Unit
  • Supervisor: Head of Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Unit
  • Duration: At least 3 months (May/June to August/September 2020)



Duties and responsibilities


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Unit, the PD Summer Intern will perform the following duties:


  • Propose project proposals and reports template CPs working with WFP
  • Analyze Resilience/Climate Change Adaptation Project Log-frames of on-going as well as planned actions
  • Propose changes to Log-frames structure and indicators to be aligned with WFP CSP 2019-2024
  • Deliver two trainings on Log-frame design and indicators monitoring and measurement for WFP staff and relevant CPs
  • Draft two concept notes in line with WFP CSP 2019-2024 and its implementation strategy
  • Support other ad hoc requests as required



Qualifications and experience


  • Currently enrolled in a master’s degree OR a recent graduate of a master’s degree (graduated within the last 6 months)
  • Excellent English verbal and writing skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
  • Good Academic Knowledge of Project Cycle Management
  • Basic Report and Training delivery skills



Working Languages


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



Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Unit, 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. Head of Programme 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 and overview of WFP’s work in Tajikistan, with a focus on project proposals and report, and the Resilience/Climate Change Adaptation Project Log-frames of on-going as well as planned actions
  • Good understanding of Log-frames structure and indicators to be aligned with WFP CSP 2019-2024
  • Familiarization with drafting two concept notes in line with WFP CSP 2019-2024 and its implementation strategy
  • General understanding of WFP overall operations.


Information on the Country of Assignment


  • Living conditions in Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Living conditions in Dushanbe have improved in the last few years. Weather conditions are favourable in Dushanbe: Winters are mild while summers can be quite hot. Medical and healthcare centers, facilities, ambulances and equipment in Tajikistan are not necessarily as abundant as one may hope. These are the health facilities included in UNDSS Travel Advisory:


1. National Centre of Reconstructive Surgery 

  33, Sanoi Street, 4TH floor, Medgorodok (+992 37) 224-54-59, +992 918782424  (24/7 coverage)  

2. Iranian Clinic IBNI SINO 34, Foteh Niyozi street +992 44 640 0102

3. “Prospect” Medical Clinic 34, Foteh Niyozi street +992 93 5709904; +992 48 7024400




Terms and Conditions:


  • The PD intern will be paid a monthly stipend of approximately USD 520 per month as a contribution towards basic subsistence costs.
  • 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: 23 February 2020


VA Reference no: 114866



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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