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Climate Change and Social Protection Internship (101521)

Posted on December 3, 2018 by WFP

Deadline for registration: December 17, 2018

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Are you passionate about climate change and social protection solutions to strengthen the resilience of thousands of beneficiaries? Are you ready to change and save the lives of the world's most vulnerable people? If yes, this opportunity is for you.

At WFP we are looking for a talented Climate Change and Social Protection Intern in Barbados, the Office for Caribbean Preparedness and Response. You will support the newly-established office in contributing to research on climate change adaptation, compiling and assessing information on the linkages between climate change and social protection and enhancing development strategies in order to engage and identify partnership opportunities.  

Key Responsibilities

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Programme Policy Officer, you will focus on the following tasks during the internship:

  • Develop communication and advocacy tools based on research, including report writing, drafting project proposals and developing presentations and factsheets.
  • You will also be able to increase your understanding of the topics of capacity strengthening, emergency preparedness and response, social protection, climate change adaptation and sovereign insurance.
  • Perform any other tasks as needed.

Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Be currently enrolled in a recognized university or graduate school OR be a recent graduate (max. 6 months after graduation) in one or more of the following disciplines: Economics, International Affairs, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Climate Change or a field relevant to international development assistance.
  • Must have completed at least two years undergraduate studies when joining WFP as an intern and must have attended courses in the last 12 months.
  • Knowledge of international development, socio-economic and social policy as well as familiarity with the social protection and climate change is essential
  • Good computer knowledge and skills
  • Strong communication skills (written and spoken English)
  • Good team player and ability to work in a team with diverse backgrounds
  • Fluency in English

Desired Experiences for Entry into The Role

  • Experience with social protection, climate change adaptation and/or sovereign or micro-insurance.
  • Experience of research or operational research and analysis, reporting, compiling information
  • Demonstrated interest in and capacity to deliver knowledge management and/or organizational learning programme

Terms and Conditions

  • You will receive a monthly stipend from WFP which is the equivalent of 14% of the daily subsistence allowance prevailing in Barbados for each day worked, but not to exceed US$1,000.
  • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas and related costs
  • The internship is normally on a full-time basis in accordance with the working schedule of the WFP office.
  • The internship is for a duration of 8 months (January 7, 2019- August 30, 2019) 
  • Please upload both CV and cover letter.

How to apply?

  • To apply, please create a personal account and fill out the profile form with your personal information at http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings. If you are an internal applicant, apply through your E-Recruitment profile.

  • In the application form, ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching your CV, answering the pre-screening questions and agreeing on the legal statement before submitting your application.
  • Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis on account of potential and performance. All applicants will undergo a rigorous process which includes screening against job requirements, a technical test, and a panel interview.

Deadline for Applications

December 17, 2018, midnight Panama Time.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.


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