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Internship – Supply Chain Food Systems & Country Capacity Strengthening
Supply Chain Operations Division (SCO)
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 in the Supply Chain Food Systems & Country Capacity Strengthening team in the Strategic Engagement Unit (SCOE) of the Supply Chain Operations Division (SCO). This position is based in Rome, Italy.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DIVISION/GENERAL INFORMATION
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), as the world’s largest humanitarian agency, is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. Historically, WFP has implemented this assistance directly. In some country contexts, this ‘doing for’ approach (through capacity substitution or capacity augmentation) continues to remain relevant. Increasingly, however, many national governments/partners are aware that strong and sustained national capacities are critical to addressing the multiple causes of hunger and are striving for self- sufficiency in delivering assistance to their population. Here, WFP’s ‘value-added’ is in the ‘enabling of’ governments through capacity strengthening, leveraging WFP’s extensive global operational and technical experience in food and other supply chain systems to strengthen national level supply chain systems. WFP’s framework for capacity strengthening recognises that without supportive laws, policies, strategies and procedures (enabling environment), well-functioning organizations (organizational domain), and educated, skilled people (individual domain) state and non-state duty bearers cannot effectively plan, implement and review their efforts to deliver intended products and services to their target groups. Effective capacity strengthening must therefore address all three domains, recognising the interdependencies between them. Applying this holistic and systems-strengthening approach to its interventions, WFP supports stakeholder capacities along five critical pathways: (i) Policies and legislation; (ii) Institutional effectiveness and accountability; (iii) Strategic planning and financing; (iv) Stakeholder programme design, delivery and M&E; and (v) Engagement and participation of communities, civil society and private sector. WFP’s Supply Chain capacity strengthening efforts notionally span ten areas of engagement (National safety net implementation (SC aspects); Increased access, availability and distribution of safe, nutritious, diverse, and more economically viable commodities; Small-holder farmer access to markets; Value chains analysis (SC perspective); Food safety and quality assurance systems; National production capacity of fortified and nutritious foods; and Private-sector supply chains for availability of essential commodities; National emergency preparedness and response (SC perspective); National logistics clusters/working groups; and Improved health supply chain systems).
Title of Post: Internship Supervisor: Head and Deputy Head of Food Systems & CCS Team Unit: SCOE, Strategic Engagement Unit Country: Italy Duty Station: Rome Duration of internship: 6 months Expected Start Date: October 2023
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESConduct desk research in support of longer-term supply chain projects and provide summaries and/or analysis; Assist with information management activities; Support the WFP Supply Chain Country Capacity knowledge management platform; Assist with the preparation of documents including presentation material and briefing packs in support of SCOE activities and field operations; Support in preparation and development of material as part of training programmes and deployments; Take and keep notes and meeting minutes as needed; and perform other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCECurrently enrolled in an 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) from a recognized university; University course attendance in the past 12 months.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:Proficient in MS Office package, particularly in Microsoft Excel. Having demonstrated ability in supply chain, food systems and logistics performance analysis is an advantage.
Excellent written and spoken English is required (proficiency/level C).
Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, French, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable.
Under the direct supervision of Head and Deputy Head of Food Systems & CCS 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.