VAM Internship, Johannesburg, South Africa

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: South Africa

City: Johannesburg, South Africa

Office: WFP Johannesburg

Closing date: Monday, 16 November 2020

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.

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 11 Southern Africa countries including, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville.

For more on WFP and what we do, please go to http://www.wfp.org/videos/zero-hunger

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT

The VAM Intern will be an integral part of the RBJ regional VAM team. The VAM team primary mandate is to identify food insecure populations and their needs, provide early warning, and generate information/knowledge base to guide in formulating durable and better targeted food security and livelihood solutions at the regional level. The successful candidate will be responsible for collating and organizing datasets and producing high quality infographics used for regional analysis and understanding the regional socio-economic context and design of the Zero Hunger programmes for Southern Africa.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the guidance of the RBJ National VAM Officer and overall supervision of the Head of VAM Unit, primary duties of the VAM Intern shall include the following:

Assemble and maintain appropriate food and nutrition security indicators using internationally from different global data service: Economist database, World Bank, UNICEF, FAO regional analysis and comparison of different countries.

Assist in data management of household survey data

Produce high quality mapping products and infographics to support Regional Bureau function and activities.

Support in typesetting and publishing high quality reports and documents.

Assist the Head of Unit in organizing and coordinating regional meetings, including note taking and circulation of documents.

Perform other duties as required.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

People

Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

Create an ‚I will‘/‘We will‘ spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance

Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership

Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams‘ priorities and preferred working styles.

Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Relationship Management

Demonstrates ability to build and sustain effective collaborative relationships with appropriate stakeholders and contacts in area of expertise to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and further organisational aims.

Communication Expertise

Collates accurate and timely information in required format (i.e. written or visual communications materials as well as verbally), to facilitate information flows and informed decision making on communications issues.

Information Analytics, Reporting and Management

Gathers and summarises information relevant to partners (trends, regulations, practices) to enable supervisor(s) to efficiently make informed decisions and enhance partner relationships. Captures important information, synthesises and facilitates internal reporting.

Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding

Shows awareness of the multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP operates which informs approach to daily tasks.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

Recent relevant qualifications in Statistics, Business studies, Economics, Social Sciences. Must have a completed relevant study within the last one to two years. Any and additional specialised training in quantitative analysis and data management is an added advantage.

Experience:

Basic experience in data analysis, knowledge of Excel and any statistical software is an advantage is an advantage.

Knowledge & Skills:

Beginner level in data management and desktop publishing software and report writing skills. Proficiency in MS-Office.

Languages:

Proficiency in English.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP 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.

Depending on the duty station of assignment, 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.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

This vacancy announcement will close on Monday, 16 November 2020 at 11:59pm

This position is only open to South African Nationals OR candidates with a valid South African Residence Permit.

Female applicants 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.