Internship - Staff Relations, Rome, Italy

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: WFP Rome

Internship - Staff Relations

Human Resources, Rome, Italy

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 a minimum 3-month intern position in the Staff Relations branch of the Human Resources Division.

Brief description of the Staff Relations Branch, Human Resources Division (HRMSR):

HRMSR provides strategic advice to senior management in connection with grievances and disciplinary matters. The branch’s goal is to protect the integrity and efficiency of WFP, while also ensuring that WFP’s internal justice system reflects principles of fairness and due process. In addition, HRMSR works with managers, other offices, and representative staff bodies to promote a healthy workplace environment and constructive staff-management relations, including through consultations on policy initiatives and through informal resolution of grievances and potential workplace conflicts.

General Information

Title of Post: Intern

Supervisor: HR Officer


Country: N.A. (Telecommuting from current place of residence)

Duty Station: N.A.

Duration of internship: Minimum 3 months

Expected Start Date: Negotiable start date between April and June 2021

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of an HR Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:

Analyse and assess evidence collected in cases involving alleged employee misconduct;
Review relevant internal rules, policies and procedures and conduct ad hoc research in relation to the interpretation of WFP’s regulations and rules in response to a request from management or following an employees‘ grievances.

Prepare case summaries, opinions, help with drafting advices, memorandums and correspondence in various areas, such as recommendations management actions.

Participate in meetings on HR issues, write meeting minutes, prepare materials and general documents on the issues raised, etc.

Perform other tasks assigned to by the supervisor as needed.

Qualifications and experience

Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated in Law or Human Resources Management within the past six months.

University course attendance in the past 12 months.

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Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)

Strong analytical and communication skills.

Any relevant experience would be an asset (e.g., human resources, legal or other comparable advisory work in another international organization and/or the private sector).

Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

Ability to work as a team in a multicultural environment.

Ability to work autonomously and accurately.

Ability to analyse specific aspects of legal issues.

Ability to write clearly and concisely.

Integrity and transparency.

Sensitivity to diversity.

Customer and result oriented.

Working Languages

Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required; good knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset.

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of an HR Staff Relations Officer, 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.

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Closing Date: 10 March 2021

Please note that the deadline is at 11:59 pm Rome time (GMT + 1)

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.

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.

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. Fighting Hunger Worldwide