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Internship - Financial Assessment
Business Development Cash-Based Transfers Unit (FINB)
HQ Rome HQ.
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 intern position for the Business Development Cash-Based Transfers Unit (FINB) based in Rome HQ.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DIVISION
The Corporate Finance (FIN) Division serves as an adviser to internal stakeholders by providing financial guidance in support of corporate projects. It works to create innovative partnerships with financial sector actors and humanitarian partners and develops tools and guidance for effective financial management. Efforts in the area of capacity building help to ensure that WFP’s finance staff are empowered and updated on new financial landscapes and latest technologies. The function adapts to emerging financial management practices and technologies with innovative projects and process re-engineering meant to maximise WFP’s efficiency in the use of resources.
Cash-based transfers (CBT) represent an increasing share of WFP’s total humanitarian assistance (34 percent in 2021), and include assistance distributed as physical banknotes, e-money, mobile money, vouchers, or debit cards.
In support of WFP's global scale up of cash-based transfers, the Corporate Finance function through the Business Development and Cash Based Transfers Branch (FINB) is tasked to scale up an effective and efficient CBT distribution, as well as to build capacities of finance and non-finance management for handling financial aspects of CBT interventions. On this regard FINB has recently developed corporate tools and guidance, providing day-to-day technical advice and assistance to Country Offices while also undertaking a range of other strategic activities and engagements internally as well as with external service providers.
GENERAL INFORMATIONTitle of Post: Internship Supervisor: Head of the Financial Sector Intelligence and Innovation Unit: FINB Country: Italy Duty Station: Homebased position for HQ Rome Duration of internship: 8 months Expected Start Date: 1 November 2023
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the Supervision of the Head of the Financial Sector Intelligence and Innovation, the candidate will support the Financial Sector Intelligence (FSI) in the humanitarian sector. Main tasks include:Conduct market research into data collection from external channels such as FSPs’ webpage, Central Banks’, and other international sources (e.g., WB and IMF); Assist in supporting COs with the completion of the FSI; Assist in the improvement of the automation and benchmarking of the FSI template; Collect lessons learned and make proposals to further improve the tool; Assist in the consolidation of available material and secondary information into multi-facetted report, ad-hoc documentation and communication material for local use and global reusability; Provide overall support to the FSI team in its various activities; Other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCECurrently enrolled in at least two years undergraduate or graduate programme from a recognized university OR recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme) in Economics or Finance, Business Administration or related fields. University course attendance in the past 12 months.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLSProficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) Overall understanding of market research Knowledge of global financial markets, sub-sectors and financial institutions Overview of payment instruments and related regulatory settings Ability to work both independently and as part of a diverse team
WORKING LANGUAGESExcellent written and spoken English is required (proficiency/level C). Knowledge of another additional UN language is a plus