PD Summer Internship Programme at WFP
Programme Unit, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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 for candidates to participate in the PD Summer Internship Programme 2020 in the Policy and Programme Department (PD).
The position will be based in the Programme Unit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The internship will be typically for the period of at least 3 months during May/June to August/ September 2020.
Brief description of WFP activities in the Programme Unit for Innovation in WFP Tanzania:
WFP Tanzania is implementing its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2017-2021. The CSP envisions the following under Strategic Objective 5 (SO5): INNOVATION; WFP and its partners in Tanzania and beyond are facilitated to foster, test, refine and scale up innovation that contributes to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
To support the SO5 the field innovation hub launched in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in May 2017 in collaboration with WFP Innovation Accelerator. The hub serves as a sandbox for piloting and scaling up innovation ideas supported by WFP Innovation Accelerator and identify relevant locally designed innovations.
In 2019, the WFP field innovation hub will start to execute its new innovation strategy. There are two components: continue working with national and international pilot projects and build a set of interventions to activate and strengthen the local innovation eco-system together with local partners (entrepreneur support schemes, mentoring, innovation events, business services, community management).
Title of Post: PD Summer Intern
Unit: Innovation (Programme Unit)
Supervisor: Programme Policy Officer (Innovation)
Duration: At least 3 months (May/June to August/September 2020)
Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer-Innovation and the general guidance of the Head of Programme, the PD Summer Intern will support the country office (CO) in building up the innovation eco-system outreach and related interventions: Main duties will be as follows:
Assist in the organization, conductions and preparation of materials for events, meetings, innovation boot-camps and workshops;
Support outreach to the local innovation ecosystem and support building an innovation community around SDG2
Support in building and maintaining a mentoring program for local entrepreneurs
Support and work closely with innovation projects that are in the innovation hub portfolio
Support the Head of the field innovation hub with other activities as required
Assist in drafting and writing documents, reports and communication materials
Support other ad hoc requests as required
Qualifications and experience
Currently enrolled in a master’s degree OR a recent graduate of a master’s degree (graduated within the last 6 months)
Excellent English verbal and writing skills
Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
Familiarity with innovation methodologies such as human-centered design and lean startup
Ability to easily connect with people of different cultures, navigate language barriers and ability to mobilize and excite people
Familiarity with or keen interest to learn about innovation in humanitarian sector
Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), G Suite knowledge is a plus
Facebook, Whatsapp, Canva, Buffer, Mailchimp, IFTTT, Hootsuite, bit.ly, etc experience would be an advantage, but not required.
Kiswahili speaking and writing skills would be an advantage, but not required
Knowledge of the Eastern Africa region would be an advantage, but not required
Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required.
Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Innovation), the incumbent will be provided with close mentoring, guidance and technical supervision. Performance planning and reviews as well as learning and development discussions will be elemental part of the supervision. The Head of the Programme Unit will be the second-level supervisor. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and assignment of a buddy/mentor, the intern will rapidly become a productive member of the 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.
At the end of the assignment, the Intern should have:
Very good knowledge of WFP approach to innovation
First-hand exposure to WFP innovation in the field in Tanzania
Good knowledge of innovation approaches to humanitarian challenges
First-hand experience with building and maintaining an innovation community
General understanding of WFP overall operations
Information on the Country of Assignment
Living conditions in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Life for expatriates in Dar es Salaam is characterized by an international community, with good employment opportunities and decent incomes, reasonable prices for housing (to rent or buy), and plenty of people from abroad to socialize with. Services are much better than the Tanzanian average, with efficient banking facilities and a simple visa system, as well as reliable internet. The construction boom of recent years also means there is plenty of choice for housing, such as modern apartments, and a variety of schools, including international schools specifically for foreigners.
Tanzania is generally a safe and peaceful country. However, like anywhere, it is wise to observe certain precautions, especially in larger urban areas. For international visitors, and indeed anyone not well acquainted with their surroundings, it is generally not a good idea to walk around at night (apart from the risk of robbery in certain areas, street lighting and sidewalks are not common but fast-moving cars are). The medical facilities in Tanzania are somewhat limited. State-owned hospitals tend to be overcrowded and the standard of care is not comparable to international standards. Most expatriates opt for private healthcare and there are good providers in Dar es Salaam, with information widely available.
Terms and Conditions:
The PD intern will be paid a monthly stipend of approximately USD 670 per month as a contribution towards basic subsistence costs.
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: 12 February 2020
VA Reference no: 110344
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.