PD Summer Internship Programme

World Food Programme , Dakar, Senegal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th February, 2020

Job Description

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 for candidates to participate in the PD Summer Internship Programme 2020 in the Policy and Programme Department (PD).

The position will be based in the Social Protection Unit, Regional Bureau Dakar. The internship will be typically for the period of at least 3 months during May/June to August/ September 2020.

Brief description of WFP activities and Social Protection Unit in Dakar

Government-led safety nets have established a strong track record across the world as a powerful strategy for fighting hunger, vulnerability and poverty at scale. Safety net programs typically adopt an integrated approach (“Cash+” models), based around targeted and long-term social transfers with individual support focusing on fostering either human capital or promoting livelihoods and productive inclusion. Safety nets are not new to WFP in West Africa, where country teams have actively engaged for years and many WFP tools and experiences (relating to targeting and analysis, payment mechanisms and livelihoods and resilience activities) have been mainstreamed into government-led programs.

Such safety nets, though still embryonic in West Africa relative to other regions, have transformative potential for the Sahel. Safety nets stand to make transformational contributions to many of the region’s thorniest development problems. If the trajectory of other regions is any indicator, Government-led safety nets have the potential to fundamentally alter the landscape for humanitarian response.

From a WFP perspective, safety nets provide additional tools to achieve its goals of food-security, good nutrition and resilience. At its core, supporting government-led safety nets is a means to build government capacity to better take on its role in fighting poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition. Once functional and at scale, safety nets can, for example, provide a powerful platform for nutrition-sensitive programming. Safety nets’ targeting and transfer mechanisms can also provide valuable channels for shock-response and support to broader agendas around resilience. Government-led safety nets therefore offer a pathway out of the mismatch between emergency support and long-term development, as, over time, government systems are increasingly capable of taking on humanitarian caseloads and populations themselves are increasing capable of absorbing shocks.

WFPs regional safety nets strategy identifies three key dimensions of safety nets where WFP can make a difference: hunger, resilience and shock response. These three dimensions focus on existing and proven areas of WFP technical and operational expertise. The core vision for safety nets for WFP is to support integration of activities under government leadership, to best serve the overarching goals of zero hunger, nutrition and resilience.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer of Social Protection Unit, the PD Summer Intern will perform the following duties:


  • Prepare short case studies on WFP support to national SP systems and social safety nets in West Africa. This can include shock-responsive or nutrition-sensitive SP, SP connection with school feeding programmes or resilience programmes in the Sahel etc.
  • Prepare sharp and impactful summary / advocacy documents to support advocacy and fundraising by country and regional offices.
  • Quantitative. Data work around WFP SP engagement in West Africa, based on available data sources, including for example WFP M&E data.
  • Perform other duties in support of ongoing workstreams (analytical, operational) and day-to-day work of the unit.

Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s degree programme OR a recent graduate of a master’s degree (graduated within the last 6 months
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Outlook)
  • Excellent English verbal and writing skills; Proficiency in French
  • Solid data skills (Stata, impact evaluation methodologies)
  • Good economic and econometric knowledge
  • Proven analytical skills and the ability to produce high quality written documents

Working Languages: Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) and French is required.


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