Internship - Engagement and Communication, Nutrition Division, HQ Rome, Italy (681257)

World Food Programme

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Internship – Engagement and Communication Intern

Nutrition Outreach & Advocacy (NOA) Team

Nutrition Division

WFP HQ 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 an intern position in the Nutrition Outreach & Advocacy (NOA) Team, Nutrition Division, based in Rome, Italy.


The current prevalence of malnutrition in children is alarming. Over 50 million children suffer from acute malnutrition and over 150 million suffer from stunting. Maternal and child undernutrition is the underlying cause of approximately 45% of all mortality in children under 5. Not only do undernutrition levels remain stubbornly high, but numbers of overweight persons are growing exponentially, even in poor countries. 

As the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) is adapting to meet the current and emerging global nutrition challenges. This includes enhancing organisational capacity to reach vulnerable populations affected by acute malnutrition, as well as expanding our portfolio to find lasting solutions for populations affected by poor diets and chronic malnutrition.

The purpose of the internship assignment is to support the Nutrition Outreach and Advocacy (NOA) team with the resource mobilization (RM) and communications efforts of the Nutrition Division. The intern will support the production/review of donor proposals, reporting, pitches, info products/briefs as well as various communications materials. The role with support NOA team’s effort to boost WFP’s global voice and building strategic partnerships in nutrition.

The intern will work from WFP’s headquarters based in Rome. Meetings will take place at least once a week and more frequently when tasks need to be assigned/explained (through Teams meetings and attendance at any in-person meetings in Rome, when relevant).


  • Title of Post: Internship, Engagement and Communication Intern
  • Supervisor: Engagement Officer, in the Nutrition Outreach & Advocacy (NOA) Team
  • Unit: Nutrition Division
  • Country: Italy
  • Duty Station: Rome
  • Duration of internship: 8 months
  • Expected Start Date: 02 May 2023


Working in the Nutrition Outreach & Advocacy (NOA) Team, under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Engagement Officer, NOA, the candidate will perform the following duties:

  • Support the design and organisation of high-level events and missions, that will include Ambassadorial and Ministerial level participation.
  • Support the preparation of briefing documents, presentations and communication for the Nutrition Division.
  • Support the drafting of nutrition donor intel documentation, profiles, and funding landscapes.
  • Support drafting of high-quality fundraising proposals, concept notes and pitch documents.
  • Support the organization of external facing events, donor missions, and fundraising campaigns.
  • Support liaison with external allies and advocates.
  • Keep abreast of trends and issues in the Nutrition community, ensuring that WFP is well positioned.
  • Support other team initiatives as required.


  • 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, in International Relations, Political Sciences or similar fields;
  • University course attendance in the past 12 months, in International Relations, Political Sciences or similar fields.
  • Professional/volunteer experience with organizations working on development and/or humanitarian issues.
  • Understanding of international affairs and/or nutrition-related issues.


  • Strong brief and concept writing skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload independently.
  • Has motivated team spirit and contributed to a gender-balanced, inclusive, and sound working environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) and basic knowledge of layouts/designs.
  • Strong written and communication skills are highly desirable. Proven ability to write highly concise documents in English.
  • Knowledge of both international relations and nutrition is desirable. Good understanding of international affairs and/or nutrition-related issues.
  • Two or more years of relevant professional/volunteer experience with organizations working on development and humanitarian issues desirable


Excellent written and spoken English is required (proficiency/level C).

An additional UN language is considered an asset: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese


Under the direct supervision of the Engagement Officer in the Nutrition Outreach & Advocacy (NOA) 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:

  • Supported the production of high-quality nutrition briefing documents, presentations, and talking points for Nutrition Division.
  • Supported the development of nutrition donor intel documentation, profiles, and pitches completed and in use.
  • Supported the production of effective funding proposals and concept notes.
  • Worked with people at all levels and supported cross-departmental cooperation.

In addition to getting an opportunity to learn how WFP and the United Nations system function, the intern will also be able to access WFP online training materials on a variety of topics.


  • VA Reference no: 681257
  • Closing Date: 9 April 2023 at 11:59pm Rome time


  • 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.


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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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