World Food Programme
Retail - Product Coding
Retail Supply Chain
About the role
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency. It is also the largest provider of cash-based humanitarian assistance, with an ever-growing share of cash-based transfers within its overall assistance portfolio. Cash-based transfers can take many forms: They range from WFP-issued vouchers, redeemable in participating shops, to mobile money to “immediate cash”. The objective of the WFP retail supply chain is to strengthen local markets and develop retail sectors, as this is the key to bridging the gap between the 80 million people WFP assists and 800 million that are living below the poverty line, therefore contributing to a world of zero hunger. This translates into: improving purchasing power, improving access to nutritious foods, improving customer experiences; and improving transparency and accountability.
Retail Supply Chain data analytics team supports the retail engagements through the quantitative and qualitative use of the point of sale and financial data. Due to the strong presence in the Arabic speaking countries, we are seeking for an intern to support the team in bridging the language barrier by providing translations of the collected retail data.
The Product Coder reports to the Head of Retail Supply Chain Analytics and is tasked with the following duties:
- Supports analysis and visualisation of the retail and other data;
- Supports the retail product catalogue management and ensures product information quality;
- Supports the development of product categorisation quality control tool;
- Provides quality translations of the itemised sales data;
- Supports construction of the retail data dictionary to facilitate automation of the product categorisations;
- Perform other duties as required to support the retail team.
Enrolled (or graduated in the last six months) in a University Graduate programme in Statistics, Economic, Data Science or related fields. Candidates must have attended university courses in the past 12 months.
Previous experience (either through paid employment or through voluntary or univerisity) as translator or interpreter is desirable.
Knowledge and skills:
- Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic, oral and written;
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
- Good writing skills and excellent grammar, good communication skills;
- Demonstrated attention to detail and the ability to produce work of high accuracy;
- Systematic approach and solution oriented mindset;
- Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure as part of a team.
Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is essential.
Knowledge of another UN language (Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desired.
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.
Closing date: 14 December 2018
VA reference no: 10163
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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