The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.
The Internship Programme is a learning opportunity aimed at attracting young and talented candidates. The programme will provide the successful candidates with the opportunity to put into practice and implement their learned and academic knowledge in a field related to the work of WFP.
This will promote better understanding of WFP Kenya mandate and programmes. Similarly, the programme will provide WFP with qualified individuals specializing in relevant fields in line with WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
WFP’s activities include food assistance for relief, school feeding, safety nets, nutrition, and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers. You will be part of an efficient and dynamic team that effectively support in the implementation of WFP’s country strategic plan for Kenya.
The role seeks to support the Nutrition department in Management of Nutrition treatment/prevention Programmes at the National and Community level. They will be involved in Government engagements and Capacity Strengthening for nutrition-specific and sensitive programming.
With nutrition support across the outcomes/activities, the unit is continuously overwhelmed by the operational requests and nutrition technical support at the field level where nutrition technical capacity remains a gap. Therefore with the guidance of the Head of unit for Nutrition, the intern will provide support to the team to reduce the gap.
Under the overall supervision of the Programme Policy Officer and direct supervision of the Programme Associate (Nutrition), the incumbent will perform the following duties: -
- Support in developing and implementing nutrition-specific and sensitive activities and monitoring processes as per the CSP.
- Respond to routine queries with readily available support by senior staff, and escalate where appropriate in order to provide a timely and accurate response to enquiries.
- Conduct field visits to project sites to monitor the implementation of projects, and support with the preparations and conducting of mission visits to project sites by senior WFP officers or donors.
- Assist in preparing nutrition-related reports and data analysis and ensuring deliverables adhere to WFP corporate standards and quality controls.
- Contribute to the writing of reports and funding proposals/concept.
- Accompany WFP official in nutrition related partners’ meetings, workshops, etc.
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Currently enrolled and have attended University courses in the last 12 months inclusive of having completed at least two years of undergraduate studies or have recently graduated in the last 6 months’ in Nutrition, Dietetics, Public Health or other related field.
- Strong attention to detail and accuracy is essential.
- Ability to write correctly in English and to communicate matters orally and in writing.
- Should be able to maintain accurate/precise records, to perform detailed work and to handle a large volume of work quickly and accurately under time constraints.
- Courtesy, tact and the ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili.
- Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
- Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Can facilitate implementation of food assistance programmes under guidance using basic understanding of principles and good practices of programme design, implementation and monitoring.
- Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to facilitate, under guidance, food assistance programme implementation that deploys full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
- Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
- Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
- Strategic Policy Engagement w/Govt Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Adaptable to an international, multicultural, and multilingual environment
- Availability and willingness to travel as required to different areas of Kenya
- Ability to work under minimum supervision
- Good communication skills and be able to work in a team
- Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP depending on the duty station of assignment.
- WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas and related costs.
- WFP will recognize candidates’ educational credentials from recognized 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.
- The internship duration is 8 months, full-time.