Paid Internship Opportunity At WFP(UN System And Multilateral Engagement 

Paid Internship Opportunity at WFP(UN System and Multilateral Engagement: WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opport

unity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.

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 an intern position in The UN System and Multilateral Engagement Division, based in New York USA.

Paid Internship Opportunity at WFP
Paid Internship Opportunity at WFP

Description of the UN System and Multilateral Engagement division

The UN System and Multilateral Engagement Division, based in New York, is a key interface between WFP and international political, peace and security, development, and humanitarian actors. The Division works to galvanize WFP’s government partners to fulfill their commitments under the 2030 Agenda, mobilizing attention and efforts towards a world without hunger.

General information on the Paid Internship Opportunity at WFP(UN System and Multilateral Engagement

Title of Post: Internship- External Relations Assistant

Supervisor: Deputy Director of NYC office

Unit: UN System and Multilateral Engagement

Country: United States of America

Duty Station: New York

Duration of internship: 8 Months

Expected Start Date: November 2023

Duties and Responsibilities Paid Internship Opportunity at WFP(UN System and Multilateral Engagement

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of office, the candidate will perform the following duties:

For General Assembly, Special Sessions, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Security Council, and other intergovernmental fora, assist WFP staff members following assigned events with all activities related to them, including preparatory meeting and preparing NFRs on key points and outcomes.

For Country-Specific or Regional Taskforces, UN Development Group (UNDG), UN Reform, Development, Programming Tools, attend in a support role of the staff member in charge, take notes and report as necessary, flag issues of consequence to WFP.

For thematic and cross-cutting issues, including Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Emergency Preparedness, Humanitarian/Development Funding and Financing, Gender etc. As required, attend in a support role of the staff member in charge, take notes and report as necessary, flag issues of consequence to WFP.

Support the planning and execution of events hosted by WFP in inter-governmental and inter-agency fora. In consultation and coordination with other colleagues, regularly monitor issues of relevance to WFP, contribute to data analysis, producing quick guides and other communication products.

Qualifications and Experience for Paid Internship Opportunity at WFP(UN System and Multilateral Engagement

Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate programme from a recognized university OR recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme) from a recognized university;

University course attendance in the past 12 months.

Experience working with the UN system including the UN Secretariat, Agencies, Funds, and Programmes is preferred.

Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Excellent command of English, excellent writing skills

Data visualization, design, information products (e.g., Tableau, Publisher), and analysis is preferred.

Experience working and/or studying in a country other than the one in which you reside.


Excellent written and spoken English is required (proficiency/level C). Another UN language preferred (Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian)

SUPERVISION (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director, 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 an elemental part of the supervision. The External Relations Officer will be the second-level supervisor. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and the assignment of a buddy/mentor, the intern will rapidly become a productive member of the team.


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.


At the end of the assignment, the Intern should:

Have a solid overview of WFP operations, policies governing WFP work

Understand the various intergovernmental fora and processes and impact on WFP mandate and work

Insight on one or several regions where WFP works, key operations, and interagency processes

Overview of the UN reform and WFP’s response to the reform

NY perspective of humanitarian and Development financing and pooled funds


Closing Date: 8 October 2023


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 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.

Candidates who bear any of the following relations to WFP staff members are not eligible to apply: sons, daughters, brothers or sisters.


These are the common standards of behavior that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications.  WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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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