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Interagency Affairs Intern, WFP, Switzerland

 ORGANIZATION   World Food Programme
 CATEGORY   Healthcare
 DEADLINE   30. August 2019


The WFP Office in Geneva serves as WFP’s corporate interface with humanitarian partners – Member States, sister UN agencies, civil society and private sector — based in Geneva with the view of enhancing WFP’s contributions to outcomes of inter-agency and intergovernmental processes, operational and normative policy development, public information and investing in strategic partnerships for Zero Hunger.

  • Title of Post: Internship
  • Supervisor: External Partnerships Officer
  • Unit: WFP Office in Geneva
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Duty Station: Geneva
  • Duration of internship: 3 months (with possibility to extend to a maximum of 8 months)
  • Expected Start Date: September 2019

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the External Partnerships Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:

  • Accompany and assist WFP officials at intergovernmental and inter-agency meetings, including those involving United Nations agencies, NGOs and other partners; report on those meetings and provide a read-out, in written and/or oral form
  • Liaise with relevant units at WFP headquarters and in the field to obtain information in support of the work of the WFP Geneva Office
  • Assist with preparing, facilitating and undertaking presentations to various audiences; including university and student groups, participants at careers fairs and visiting WFP staff to the Geneva Office;
  • Assist in the organisation of meetings, conferences and with schedules of visiting staff;
  • Assist with research and information gathering; and
  • Perform ad hoc tasks required to assist other team members to meet the Office objectives.

Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the past six months);
  • University course attendance in the past 12 months;
  • Excellent command of English; Working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)

Required soft skills/WFP Competencies: 

Ability to communicate moderately complex matters clearly and concisely.  Ability to perform detailed work, and/or handle a large volume of work under time constraints.  Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds and to be a team player. Good attention to detail to identify data discrepancies.  Ability to work to deadlines and follow clear instructions.

Working Languages

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

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of the External Partnerships Officer, 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. 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 insight into humanitarian affairs, interagency relations and the role of international organizations.
  • better understand the interconnectedness of global challenges.
  • have a comprehensive understanding of UN procedures and terminology.
  • be able to research and prepare briefings on complex topics.
  • gain an understanding of the organization’s current and future objectives, as well as how to effectively communicate these objectives.

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.


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