Internship - New York Liaison Office

World Food Programme
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Mar 02

Position description

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill an internship positions in the Office in New York Office (U.S.A). The Internship will be for an initial period of 6 months starting as soon as possible, preferably by mid/end March 2018.

The primary purpose of the Office in New York is to support WFP’s hunger mandate by promoting WFP’s dialogue and engagement with stakeholders in New York, including the UN Secretariat, Member States (including through the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council), the New York-based UN funds and programmes, private sector entities, civil society organizations, media and news outlets, and academia. The Office in New York engages in, and provides advice on, relevant UN processes.

We are currently seeking one internship position at our New York Office. This internship will be for an initial period of six months, and may be extended to a maximum of eight months. WFP will give preference to candidates who are able to work a minimum of four days a week. For candidates to be eligible, they must have permission to work in the United States of America.


Under the general supervision of the Director and the direct supervision of an External Relations Officer, the intern will assume the following responsibilities:

  • Participation in Inter-agency meetings: Regular meetings between diverse agencies and Departments of the United Nations must be reported to concerned WFP staff members. Under the direct guidance of the External Relations Officer, the intern will attend, draft read-outs, intervene and report as necessary.
  • Monitoring of inter-governmental meetings: Key bodies of the United Nations, including General Assembly and Committees relevant to WFP (2nd, 3rd and 5th Committees), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Security Council, as well as other inter-governmental for a may take decisions that impact WFP’s operations: The intern will assist WFP staff members in following the assigned events with all activities related to them, including: attending preparatory and formal meetings, negotiations of resolutions, and preparing salient points and outcomes documents.
  • Engagement in the dialogues surrounding 

thematic and cross-cutting issues, including on Sustainable development goals, climate change, health and other pandemics concerns, gender and human rights as they relate to WFP’s mandate. Attend, provide written reports, including analysis of issues important to WFP, and intervene upon instruction from the supervisor;

  • Undertake Research, analysis and drafting of briefs and talking points: In consultation and coordination with colleagues, conduct research and draft briefs and talking points on specific issues, as required, based on WFP internal sources, other UN sources and publication by academics, think tanks and other credible sources.
  • Event planning: The intern may also support the planning and execution of events hosted by WFP in inter-governmental and inter-agency fora.
  • Other Duties: The intern will carry out any other duties as required and as consistent with his/her abilities.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP up to the amount of US$1000 per month (pro-rated).
  • This position requires a commitment of at least 4 days per week.
  • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, travel to and from WFP internship location.
  • 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.


Essential Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled, with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (in the past six months), from a Bachelor’s or Graduate programme (i.e. Master’s) in Political Science, International Relations, Development, Communications or other relevant field;
  • In both circumstances, have attended courses in the last 12 months;
  • Have proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Written and oral proficiency in English. Good command of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese) is desirable.
  • Strong skills in analysis and writing.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
  • Desire to learn about WFP’s mission and programs
  • Resourcefulness and willingness to take initiative and work independently
  • Possess strong writing skills, solid interpersonal skills, and ability to work easily in a team environment
  • Demonstrated success in project management.
  • Creative thinker, with strong planning, organization and execution skills
  • Intellectually curious and takes initiative to tackle projects
  • Applicants cannot be sons, daughters, brothers or sisters of WFP employees;
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application (WFP is not able to sponsor employment visas for this role)

Desirable Requirements:

  • General knowledge of UN system policies and processes;
  • Interest or experience in volunteering or working on the issues of food security and nutrition;
  • Interest or experience in volunteering or working in developing countries.

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