JOB TITLE: Partnerships Intern
Contract Type: Internship
Direct Reporting Line: Partnership Officer
Contract duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension to 8 months max)
Duty Station (City, Country): Conakry, Republic of Guinea
Closing Date: 01/10/2021
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.
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
We are currently seeking to fill an intern position in the partnerships Team, based in Conakry, Guinea. The internship holder will participate in partnership and research activities daily. He / She will support the partnership team, in relations with internal stakeholders and a multitude of public, private, and external entities. These can be governments, United Nations agencies, intergovernmental institutions and their member states, international financial institutions, individuals, businesses, foundations, and NGOs.
Although rich in natural resources, Guinea faces major socio-economic challenges. The poverty rate is alarming, and 21.8 percent of households are food insecure. Malnutrition remains high: 6.1 percent of children under 5 are affected by global acute malnutrition, 24.4 percent are stunted, and 12 percent are underweight.
Rural populations are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. Among those affected by severe food insecurity, 71.1 percent practice subsistence farming. Smallholder farmers comprise the majority of the country’s poor, showing a correlation between poverty and food insecurity. Besides, they have poor access to seeds and fertilizers, production and processing equipment, storage facilities, basic infrastructure and affordable financial services. Although women play a crucial role in agriculture, particularly in food production, they have difficulties in accessing land and productive resources, education, formal employment and income-generating activities. Their work is often unpaid and undervalued. Women make up 60 percent of people suffering from chronic hunger, and the majority of rural people living in poverty. Unemployment is high, particularly among youth and women, and literacy rates are low, with only 32 percent of the adult population able to read and write. School attendance is also low- 22 percent of primary school-aged children are out of school. Moreover, Guinea faces major socio-political challenges and the approaching parliamentary and presidential elections increases the risk of ethnic and political violence paralysing economic activities in the country
The World Food Programme (WFP) has been present in Guinea since 1964 providing nutritious and immediate food assistance to affected populations during and in the aftermath of crises. WFP works in partnership with the Government to improve children’s access to education, enhance nutrition among the population, build sustainable food systems and communities’ resilience to shocks whilst improving their access to profitable and stable agricultural markets. WFP activities also include strengthening the Government’s technical capacities to develop sustainable programmes sensitive to addressing gender inequalities and root causes of malnutrition.
Facilitate the work of senior staff to effectively position WFP with public, private and external partners to attract policy support, resources, technical assistance and innovative solutions to advance the work of WFP, while supporting member states in the achievement of the SDGs and Zero Hunger and emphasizing WFP’s contributions in this regard.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Contribute to the reporting and project implementation of the portfolio of the China and Guinea WFP partnership. Responsibilities include following up project implementations, soliciting coordination and communications, delivering quarterly reports, ensuring donor visibility, etc.
- Proactively contribute to other existing partnerships portfolios, including partner profiling and outreach activities, with the aim to maximize resources and leverage policy and technical support for WFP’s work; Support partner visibility and ensure partner conditions are met.
- Proactively contribute to exploring new business opportunities and scoping new donors, especially with private sector donors, guided by programmatic assessment and context-specific analysis with the aim to enhance the impact of WFP’s operations and diversify the resource base.
- Contribute to partnerships strategies, including the development of partnerships action plans; Draw up quality partner proposals and reports to seek new funding opportunities by engaging with other WFP entities and external stakeholders.
- Support senior managers in the preparation of briefing notes, talking points, strategic agreements, joint strategies, and MOUs in order to promote the SDGs and Zero Hunger on the national, regional and global agenda and to reach advantageous outcomes for WFP.
- Gather and present internal and external data/information, using key information systems (e.g. Salesforce, WINGS, WFPGo), to support WFP’s effective positioning vis-à-vis national governments, regional and international institutions with the aim to influence the policy agenda.
- Perform other duties as required.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE FOR ENTRY INTRO THE ROLE:
- Has experience or demonstrated interest in international humanitarian development.
- Has experience in working on Partnerships. Experience in building partnerships with the Chinese government or Chinese private entities will be an asset.
- Has developed effective relationships with partners, explored new areas to scale-up existing activities, and researched new opportunities.
- Has developed strong narratives by using data analysis visualization to enable action-oriented discussions with partners.
- Has prepared briefs to raise resources for operations and collaborated for timely registration, maintenance and update of contributions and forecasts.
- Has provided advanced technical support and identified opportunities for service delivery excellence to strengthen partnerships.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including substantive analysis and report writing skills.
- Has motivated team spirit and contributed to a gender-balanced, inclusive and sound working environment.
- Has familiarity of United Nations system and working environment.
- Currently enrolled in a recognized university or graduate school or be a recent graduate (max. 6 months after graduation) in University degree in Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, International Relations, Law, Marketing, Communications or other relevant field,
Or, Has attended University courses in the last 12 months and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies.
- Excellent command of English and working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset.
- Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook).
Excellent written and spoken English & Chinese is required (proficiency/level C), working professional level of French is desired.
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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP (14% DSA, 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.