Internship - Private Donors and Partnerships Services Support Private Sector, PPR WFP HQ Rome 1
Internship – Private Donors and Partnerships Services Support
Private Sector, Private Partnerships and Fundraising (PPF), Rome, Italy
- Title of Post: Internship
- Supervisor: Due Diligence Coordinator
- Unit: Private Partnerships and Fundraising (PPF)
- Country: Italy
- Duty Station: Rome, HQ or remote
(covid update: Interns have to work remotely as they are not considered essential staff therefore, if not already in Rome, they should not travel. Access to HQ is still restricted to essential staff only)
- Duration of internship: 8 months (maximum allowed)
- Expected Start Date: as soon as possible
- VA Reference no: 165161
- Closing Date: 30 June 2022
Please note that the deadline is at 11:59 pm Rome time (GMT + 1)
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency working to create a world with zero hunger.
As leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP believes that individual and collective wellbeing can only be achieved if all children, women and men get the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, dignified lives. Each year, WFP assists 86.7 million people in 83 countries. Every day, some 5,600 WFP-chartered trucks are on the road, 92 planes are in the air and 20 ships are at sea. These numbers speak to WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that is often the first on the scene in the most difficult environments. WFP also works with partners to strengthen the resilience of communities most vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition through long-term development programmes aimed at boosting food security, local economies, education, employment and gender equality. While hunger and malnutrition are the world’s largest solvable issues, the needs are still immense and growing. 821 million people in the world suffer from chronic hunger.
We are currently seeking to fill a Private Donors and Partnerships Services support intern position in our Global Services Unit of the Private Partnerships and Fundraising (PPF) Division, based in Rome, Italy.
Brief description of PPF Division:
The Private Partnerships and Fundraising Division (PPF) is responsible for engaging the private sector (corporations, individuals, foundations) through high-impact partnerships in support of WFP's strategic priorities, and through individual giving to build and retain support from the general public worldwide. PPF has embarked on an exceptionally ambitious new strategy 2020-2025 to raise an additional one billion dollars for hungry or malnourished people and to expand the contribution to WFP from the business sector through effective and sustainable long-term partnerships as well as from private individual supporters around the world. This includes securing new high impact technical partnerships, signing significant new corporate deals and growing existing relationships as well as building a base of one million individual supporters. Our strategy and ambition are based on need. WFP was reaching more than 90 million people in 83 countries and we now know that we will be called on to reach many millions more as a result of the pandemic.
Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Due Diligence Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties, with a primary focus on PPF’s preparation of legal agreements and due diligence in the context of private sector partnerships and fundraising:
- Supporting the day-to-day delivery of support services related to the preparation of legal agreements (before these are shared with the legal department) and due diligence to WFP partnership officers worldwide, monitoring workflows and pipeline of queries, and editing memos;
- Supporting special projects carried out by PPF and WFP’s Legal Office in relation to contracting and due diligence;
- Facilitating effective interaction and exchange of information between the various stakeholders involved in contracting and due diligence, in line with agreed roadmaps and timeline;
- Compiling and analyzing data from PPF’s databases, drawing key findings and recommendations;
- Conducting research and interviews with relevant internal and external stakeholders;
- Writing reports, briefs and concept notes, editing documents and preparing presentations;
- Contributing to the development of training modules and materials;
- Supporting any other activities carried out by PPF in relation to compliance and processes.
Qualifications and experience
- Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the past six months) in Business, Economics, International Development, Law or other related fields. An advanced university degree is desirable;
- University course attendance in the past 12 months;
- Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook);
- Proven experience to conceptualize, manage and monitor processes;
- Good understanding of global issues and an ability to translate an Organisation’s mission.
Required soft skills:
- Good attention to details;
- Strong communication capabilities, with outstanding writing and editing skills and an ability to produce clear and articulate text and presentations on complex subjects;
- Ability to plan and organize work with reasonable supervision;
- Ability to take initiative to solve problems and seek solutions;
- Work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and international organization;
- Uses tact and courtesy to give and receive information with a variety of individuals (people oriented);
- Motivated team spirit, eager to contribute to a positive, inclusive and sound working environment.
- Excellent command of English (proficiency/level C);
- Working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset.
Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)
Under the direct supervision of the Due Diligence Coordinator, 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 Head of Global Service 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.
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.
At the end of the assignment, the Intern should:
- Have a greater understanding of the World Food Programme’s work and its role within the wider humanitarian system;
- Gain knowledge on key legal processes and principles governing public-private partnerships and fundraising;
- Understand the overall work, considerations and stakeholders involved in private sector engagement from the standpoint of an international organization.
Information on the Country of Assignment: living conditions in Rome, Italy
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.
Terms and Conditions:
Short-listed candidates can be subject to written assessment.
Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the Organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme.
- 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.
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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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