Internship – External Relations Assistant
External relations, PG, New York, USA
Assisting more than 86 million people in around 83 countries each year, 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.
On any given day, WFP has 5,600 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need.
WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of WFP’s work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.
The UN System and Multilateral Engagement Division, based in New York, is a key interface between WFP and international political, peace and security, development, and humanitarian actors. The Division works to galvanize WFP’s government partners to fulfil their commitments under the 2030 Agenda, mobilizing attention and efforts towards a world without hunger.
The Multilateral Division is seeking to fill 3 intern positions, based in New York.
- Title of Post: Internship- External Relations Assistant
- Supervisor: Deputy Director of NYC office
- Unit: UN System, AU & Multilateral Engagement
- Country: United States of America
- Duty Station: New York
- Duration of internship: 8 months
- Expected Start Date: May 2020, June 2020, September 2020
Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of Deputy Director of office, the candidate will perform the following duties:
- For General Assembly, Special Sessions, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Security Council and other inter-governmental fora, assist WFP staff members following assigned events with all activities related to them, including preparatory meeting and preparing NFRs on key points and outcomes.
- For Country-Specific or Regional Taskforces, UN Development Group (UNDG), UN Reform, Development, Programming Tools, attend in a support role of the staff member in charge, take notes and report as necessary, flag issues of consequence to WFP;
- For thematic and cross-cutting issues, including Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Emergency Preparedness, Humanitarian/Development Funding and Financing, Gender etc. As required, attend in a support role of the staff member in charge, take notes and report as necessary, flag issues of consequence to WFP;
- Support the planning and execution of events hosted by WFP in inter-governmental and inter-agency fora. In consultation and coordination with other colleagues, regularly monitor issues of relevance to WFP, contribute to data analysis, producing quick guides and other communication products.
Qualifications and experience
- Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the past six months);
- University course attendance in the past 12 months;
- Experience working with UN system including the UN Secretariat, Agencies, Funds and Progremmes is preferred.
- Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
- Excellent command of English, excellent writing skills
- Data visualization, design, information products (e.g. Tableau, Publisher) and analysis is preferred.
- Experience working and/or studying in a country other than the one in which you reside.
Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required. Another UN language preferred (Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian)
Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)
Under the direct supervision of Deputy Director, 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. External Relations Officer 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.
At the end of assignment, the Interns should:
Learning elements for an intern include:
- Have a solid overview of WFP operations, policies governing WFP work
- Understand the various intergovernmental fora and processes and impact on WFP mandate and work
- Insight on one or several regions where WFP works, key operations and interagency processes
- Overview of the UN reform and WFP’s response to the reform
- NY perspective of humanitarian and Development financing and pooled funds
Information on the Country of Assignment
- Living conditions in New York, USA
New York City is composed of five boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. While Manhattan and Staten Island are islands, Brooklyn and Queens are geographically part of Long Island, and the Bronx is attached to the US mainland. The islands are linked by bridges, tunnels and ferries.
A Broad range of rental opportunities exist – living near the UN is pricey. Other areas of NY are more affordable such as some areas of Brooklyn (Flatbush), Staten Island, Bronx and Queens etc or even subrubs outside of the 5 boroughs (New Jersey, Westchester) are also options to consider but travel times and commuter prices increase as well). Transportation costs depend on where you commute. See the MTA site. There are many rental options online.
United Nations HQ occupies an 18-acre tract of land on Manhattan Island. The site is owned by the United Nations and is international territory. The complex has 5 mine structures that are all connected *GA, Library, South Annex, Conference building (which includes the Security Council, Trusteeship council, and the Secretariat (main 39 storey building). There are several adjacent buildings that house UN offices including DC1, DC2, FF building etc.
The United States is at security level 1 (Minimal) and is considered non-restrictive regarding travel and family accompaniment at the duty station. Currently there are no significant security threats in general nor direct threats to UN personnel or assets within the country. Travelers should be aware of petty crime which may include pick pocketing and street scams, and exercise caution while transiting in public areas as well as when using ATM
machines or money exchange tellers.
VA Reference no: 119103
Closing Date: 27 March 2020
Please note that the deadline is at 11:59 pm Rome time (GMT + 1)
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.
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.
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