PD Summer Internship Programme 2020 – Reporting and Communications at WFP – World Food Programme

By | December 19, 2019

Communications Unit in Kigali, Rwanda

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 Communications Unit in Kigali, Rwanda. The internship will be typically for a period of at least 3 months during May/June to August/ September 2020.

Brief description of WFP activities in the Communications Unit in WFP Rwanda:

Leveraging its extensive experience and the contributions it has made in the country over many decades, the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda works to build national capacity to formulate, manage and implement programmes for achieving Zero Hunger, by gradually shifting from being a direct implementer to being a catalyst and enabler. As an integral part of the United Nations ‘One UN’ agenda, WFP implements programmes which are in line with Rwanda’s national planning processes and development programmes.

WFP Rwanda Country Office is building a strong partnership with media, national and local government, civil society and other development partners. To pursue this, the Country Office produces a wide range of material, coordinated and developed by the External Partnerships & Communications unit.

General Information

  • Title of Post: PD Summer Intern
  • Unit: Communications
  • Supervisor: Head of Unit
  • Duration: At least 3 months (May/June to August/September 2020)

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Head of the Unit, the PD Summer Intern will perform the following duties:

  • Contribute towards the development of ongoing projects, plans and processes by liaising with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration to gather information, write human interest stories and develop photo essays based on WFP operations in Rwanda to be published on WFP’s external communications platform, Medium
  • Under guidance, prepare communication content for use on traditional and social media platforms and networks, ensuring consistency with corporate messages
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved communications and development programmes
  • Support preparations for external field missions and join (as applicable) to gather communication
  • Perform any other duties as required
  • for visibility purposes
  • Attend and draft meeting minutes for pertinent meetings such as with the One UN communication group
  • Perform any other duties 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)
  • Strong interest in communications, photography, and developing targeted social media content
  • Culturally sensitive and enjoys working in a new context with people of different cultures
  • Willingness to travel regularly to field locations throughout the country

Working Languages

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

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Communications Unit, 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. 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.

Training components

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.

Learning Elements

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

  • Very good knowledge of reporting and communications on WFP’s operations on Rwanda
  • Very good understanding of how externally published human interest stories and photo essays are developed
  • Communication skills to create contents for use on traditional and social media platforms and networks
  • General understanding of WFP overall operations

Information on the Country of Assignment

  • Living conditions in City, Country

Rwanda is a landlocked country situated in central Africa. Also known as ’the land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda has five volcanoes, twenty-three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the River Nile. The country lies 750 miles south of the equator in the Tropic of Capricorn, 880 miles ’as the crow flies’ west of the Indian Ocean and 1,250 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean – literally in the heart of Africa. Rwanda is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and the democratic republic of Congo to the west.

The impact of most threats to UN Staff and operations in Rwanda is generally low, except for natural disasters which could result in the injury or death of staff and damage to UN assets.

With the various hazard types Rwanda is susceptible to, the National Risk Atlas was developed in 2016. These will continue posing threats across the Country including the capital City, Kigali, where approximately 86% of staff and dependents reside.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The PD intern will be paid a monthly stipend of approximately USD US$ 570 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: 110021

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