United Nations World Food Program Summer Internship, Nigeria 2022

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Apply now for the United Nations World Food Program Paid Summer Internship 2022 for Nigeria.

The World Food Program (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization that saves and changes lives, providing food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. 

We are currently seeking to fill candidates to participate in the PD Summer Internship Program 2022 in the Department of Policies and Programs (PD).

Brief description of WFP’s resilience activities, at the Program Unit, Abuja, Nigeria

Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic. It is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.

Nigeria has more than 500 ethnic groups. The crisis-induced by non-state armed groups remains the main factor of instability in north-eastern Nigeria.

Since 2010, they have increasingly expanded its operational capabilities. In May 2013, the government declared a state of emergency in the states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.

There are reported to be 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria (IOM/DTM Round 27), of which the majority are in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states.

The Cadre Harmonisé (CH) of June 2019 reports almost 3 million people in need of food assistance in the states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.

WFP operations focus on crisis response to prevent deterioration of food and nutrition security, reduce undernutrition and minimize gender inequalities. WFP’s activities are concentrated in rural areas of northeast Nigeria, which are most vulnerable and food insecure.

General information

  • Post Title:  PD Summer Intern
  • Unit: Program Unit
  • Supervisor: Program Manager
  • Duration: at least 3 months (May / June to August / September 2022)
  • What are the duties and responsibilities?

    Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the PD Summer Intern will perform the following tasks:

    • Analyze and synthesize data for the program activity report.
    • Help standardize the internal periodic reporting package of the Program unit
    • Assist in the design of the standard background narrative for each activity planned under the Nigeria Country Strategic Plan that informs donor proposals and/or activity reports
    • Support reporting and improvement of program information storage and dissemination.
    • Perform any other duties as required

    What are the eligibility criteria?

    • Currently enrolled in a master’s program OR a recent graduate of a master’s degree (graduated within the last 6 months)
    • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English
    • Competence in graphic design and the ability to present clear and concise information through visual data analysis.
    • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills;
    • Excellent IT skill with knowledge of report writing software such as Microsoft Publisher or Tableau is required
    • Proactive, motivated, innovative, adaptable person, able to take the initiative.
    • Ability to function comfortably in a cross-cultural team environment, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines

    What are the working languages?

    Working knowledge of English (proficient/C level) is required.

    Monitoring  (Level / Monitoring Methods)

    Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the incumbent will receive close mentoring, guidance, and technical supervision. Planning and performance reviews, as well as discussions about learning and development, will be an essential part of supervision.

    The Deputy Country Director will be the second-level supervisor. Supported by a comprehensive induction package and the assignment of a peer/mentor, the intern will quickly become a productive member of the team.

    Training components

    Throughout their assignment, WFP interns have access to an industry-leading learning platform, We Learn. Depending on opportunities and availability of funds, he/she may participate in WFP workshops or seminars, as appropriate.

Learning Elements

At the end of the assignment, the intern should have:

  • General understanding of WFP’s work in the Nigeria country office, as well as at the corporate level, on commitments to support program activities to achieve Zero Hunger
  • Very good understanding of each programmatic activity under the Nigeria Country Strategy Plan, programmatic analysis, and knowledge management for the activities of the Nigerian Office.
  • A deeper understanding of the role of the Program unit in implementing activities under the WFP Country Strategic Plan in Nigeria informed by a PowerPoint presentation
  • Development of good information and knowledge management skills.

Country of Assignment Information

Living conditions in Abuja, Nigeria

With more than 182 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh-largest in the world. The annual population growth rate is about 2.7 percent, and more than half of the population is under the age of 30. The road network in Abuja (FCT) is very good and almost all roads are passable throughout the year. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is accessible to and from all other airports in the country.

Crime is a major factor negatively affecting the security situation in Abuja (FCT). There are no identifiable criminal gangs in Abuja, although crime has become a norm in and around the city, partly due to socio-economic factors and the lack of capacity of the Security Forces to deal with the situation.

There are likely to be protests in Abuja by trade unions, religiously affiliated groups such as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and other identifiable civil society groups. Although major terrorist activities/attacks have not been recorded in Abuja (FCT) since 2015, terrorism remains a persistent factor of insecurity.

There are UN-approved hospitals and pharmacies available in the city and details are available from the WFP Office in Abuja.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The PD intern will receive a monthly stipend of approximately USD 360 per month as a contribution to basic living costs.
  • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, accommodation arrangements, necessary visas, and related costs.
  • WFP will reimburse the travel ticket for candidates who are nationals of developing countries and continue their studies in their country of origin.
  • Candidates who have any of the following relationships with WFP staff members are not eligible to apply: sons, daughters, brothers, or sisters.
  • WFP will recognize candidates’ educational credentials from recognized institutions that have been certified by appropriate national or international authorities, such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) or Ministries of Education.

How to apply?

It is important to fulfill all the application requirements on the Prize website (see link below) before applying for the UN World Food Program summer internship.

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