World Food Programme
Internship – Learning and Development
Capability Development Branch – Human Resources Division
About UN World Food Programme
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.
In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.
We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year.
WFP’s greatest strength is its dedicated people working tirelessly around the world to reduce hunger, often under difficult conditions where security threats and risks to personal safety are considerable. More than 15,000 people work across WFP’s worldwide operations. The global context in which WFP operates is rapidly changing which means the need for effective people development is becoming more important than ever before. The organization is committed to transform its HR function to a strategic business partner. To achieve this, a number of new HR initiatives are underway and WFP is looking for outstanding interns to get involved and contribute to these exciting projects.
About the Capability Development Branch and this role
WFP is offering an excellent opportunity to work, learn and deliver results within a highly complex organizational environment. We are currently recruiting for a Learning and Development Intern based in HQ (Rome, Italy) to work within the Capability Development branch of the Human Resources Division. Part of the responsibility of the Capability Development Branch is to partner with other Technical Divisions (e.g. Nutrition, Supply Chain, Programme, Emergency Response and Preparedness etc) to create learning programmes and learning paths for technical skills development. The team is also responsible for supporting regional and local initiatives of WFP’s country offices and Regional Bureaux.
WFP has invested in learning technology to support our global initiatives and we expect that the selected intern has interest in and acumen for leveraging technology enabled learning. The role is ideally suited to someone who is looking to develop key skills and experience in the field of learning and development with a particular focus on learning technology. She/he may have studied adult learning theory, learning design, learning technology, Human Resource Management (ideally with a focus on Learning and Development).
The Internship will be for a minimum period of 3 months and up to a maximum period of 8 months.
The selected candidate will be responsible for a range of duties including:
- Provide support to the learning and development professionals in the team through the different activities the branch is responsible for – conducting learning needs analysis, curating relevant learning content from external sources, partnering with external vendors to build online solutions, establishing measurement criteria to assess the impact of learning solutions;
- Coordinate tests of all new e-learning courses produced by WFP;
- Support learners in using WFP learning platform, WeLearn;
- Create, manage online surveys, analyse results, summarise findings and recommendations;
- Become familiar with WFP’s global learning platform and receive training in order to utilise the platform for maximum benefit for WFP;
- Conduct research in learning and development best practice, new trends and create proposals for new learning solutions that fit with WFP’s operating environment;
- Assist with the development of support and communications materials, high quality graphical presentations and guides that the team uses in their work with internal stakeholders;
- Perform any other project related or administration duties as required within the unit.
- Currently enrolled or have recently graduated within the last six months from a University with a degree in Human Resources, Adult Learning. Learning Design, Learning Technology or directly related field;
- Have completed at least two years of undergraduate study;
- Have attended university courses in the past 12 months;
- Fluent in oral and written English;
- Demonstrated self-starter with drive and initiative;
- Proficiency in data analysis and high attention to detail;
- Ability to learn technology quickly through instructions and self-training;
- Aptitude in working with technology systems;
- Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills;
- Strong customer service mind-set;
- Highly proficient in the full MS Office Suite (Outlook, XLS, PPT, Word) – particularly Excel and PowerPoint;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff members of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds;
- Attention to detail.
- A second UN language would be an asset (preferably French, Spanish or Arabic)
Applicants must include a cover letter with their application – those applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.
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: 10 December 2018
VA reference no: 101871
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.