National Development Intern

  • Added Date: Monday, 15 April 2024
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 29 April 2024
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The World Food Programme, Kenya Country Office is looking for vibrant, innovative, and multi-talented students.

An internship at WFP is a great opportunity to acquire practical work experience while contributing to the goal of reaching Zero Hunger

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.

WFP does not charge a fee for any of the stages throughout the recruitment & selection process.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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.

The Internship Programme is a learning opportunity aimed at attracting young and talented candidates. The programme will provide the successful candidates with the opportunity to put into practice and implement their learned and academic knowledge in a field related to the work of WFP. This will promote better understanding of WFP Kenya mandate and programmes. Similarly, the programme will provide WFP with qualified individuals specializing in relevant fields in line with WFPโ€™s Strategic Objectives and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

WFPโ€™s activities include food assistance for relief, school feeding, safety nets, nutrition, and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers. You will be part of an efficient and dynamic team that effectively support in the implementation of WFPโ€™s country strategic plan for Kenya.


The National Development Advisor's function within WFP Kenya encompasses a broad and dynamic scope, focusing on strategic planning, policy analysis, partnership building, advocacy, and leading innovative finance initiatives. An intern will significantly enhance the functionโ€™s effectiveness by assisting with research, supporting communication efforts, and facilitating stakeholder engagement.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

The intern will engage in a range of tasks to support the National Development Advisor's strategic objectives, including:

Conducting policy and strategy analysis, assisting in the development of advocacy materials, and contributing to partnership building initiatives. Participating in the monitoring and evaluation of national development plans, aiding in identifying alignment opportunities with WFPโ€™s objectives. Supporting in the preparation of reports and presentations for stakeholder engagement, including government officials and development partners, and assist in organizing and participating in relevant meetings and workshops.



Bachelorโ€™s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, International Development, Development Economics and/or a related Field. Graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a Bachelorโ€™s or equivalent studies.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written English is required.

Additional skills:

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Proficiency in Microsoft Teams Platform Previous experience in Development, Policy analysis or a related field is an added advantage.


Effective assistance in analyzing government priorities and development strategies to align with WFPโ€™s objectives, resulting in strategic advice that informs WFP's engagement and program implementation. Successful contribution to the development and implementation of advocacy materials and communication strategies that enhance WFP's visibility and role in national development. Meaningful participation in stakeholder meetings and workshops, demonstrating the ability to gather relevant information, engage with partners, and contribute to partnership building. The production of high-quality reports, briefing notes, and presentations that support WFPโ€™s strategic objectives and decision-making processes. Demonstrable learning and professional development in areas relevant to WFPโ€™s mission and the internโ€™s career aspirations, as reflected in their end-of-internship report.


Policy and Strategy Analysis Report: Due by the end of the third month. This comprehensive report should analyse government priorities and development strategies, identifying synergies with WFPโ€™s objectives and suggesting areas for strategic engagement. Advocacy Materials and Communication Strategy: Completion expected by the end of the fourth month. The intern must produce a set of advocacy materials (e.g., brochures, social media posts, presentations) aimed at promoting WFPโ€™s role in national development, alongside a brief strategy for their deployment. Stakeholder Engagement Summary and Recommendations: Due by the end of the internship period. This document should summarize the intern's participation in meetings and workshops, highlighting key insights gained, partnerships fostered, and providing recommendations for future engagement strategies.


Completion of Initial Research and Analysis: By the end of the first month, the intern should have completed preliminary research on government priorities and development strategies, with an initial draft of the policy and strategy analysis report. Development of Advocacy Materials: By the end of the second month, initial drafts of advocacy materials should be ready for review, with a conceptual outline of the communication strategy. Mid-Term Presentation: At the halfway point (end of the third month), the intern presents their findings, drafts of advocacy materials, and initial stakeholder engagement insights to the team for feedback. Final Report Draft Submission: By the end of the fifth month, a complete draft of the policy and strategy analysis report and the stakeholder engagement summary should be submitted for final review. Completion of All Deliverables: All deliverables, including the refined advocacy materials and communication strategy, should be finalized and submitted by the end of the internship period.


Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP depending on the duty station of assignment. WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas and related costs. WFP will recognize candidatesโ€™ 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. The internship duration is 8 months, full-time.


The deadline for receiving applications for this position is 29 April 2024 Applications for this position will close at 11:59 p.m. (East African Time) on the deadline date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. WFP embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in all ways. Employment is decided on the basis of competitive selection, qualifications and merit.


All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.

Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

This vacancy is archived.

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