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PD Summer Internship Programme 2020 – Innovation (110344)
Requisition # 110344 – Posted 18/12/2019
Tanzania- Dar-es-Salaam
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 Programme Unit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 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 in the Programme Unit for Innovation in WFP Tanzania:
WFP Tanzania is implementing its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2017-2021. The CSP envisions the following under Strategic Objective 5 (SO5): INNOVATION; WFP and its partners in Tanzania and beyond are facilitated to foster, test, refine and scale up innovation that contributes to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. 
To support the SO5 the field innovation hub launched in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in May 2017 in collaboration with WFP Innovation Accelerator. The hub serves as a sandbox for piloting and scaling up innovation ideas supported by WFP Innovation Accelerator and identify relevant locally designed innovations.
In 2019, the WFP field innovation hub will start to execute its new innovation strategy. There are two components: continue working with national and international pilot projects and build a set of interventions to activate and strengthen the local innovation eco-system together with local partners (entrepreneur support schemes, mentoring, innovation events, business services, community management).

General Information
• Title of Post: PD Summer Intern
• Unit: Innovation (Programme Unit)
• Supervisor: Programme Policy Officer (Innovation)
• Duration: At least 3 months (May/June to August/September 2020) 
Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer-Innovation and the general guidance of the Head of Programme, the PD Summer Intern will support the country office (CO) in building up the innovation eco-system outreach and related interventions: Main duties will be as follows:
• Assist in the organization, conductions and preparation of materials for events, meetings, innovation boot-camps and workshops;
• Support outreach to the local innovation ecosystem and support building an innovation community around SDG2
• Support in building and maintaining a mentoring program for local entrepreneurs
• Support and work closely with innovation projects that are in the innovation hub portfolio
• Support the Head of the field innovation hub with other activities as required
• Assist in drafting and writing documents, reports and communication materials
• Support other ad hoc requests as required.
Qualifications and experience
• Currently enrolled in a master’s degree OR a recent graduate of a master’s degree (graduated within the last 6 months)
• Excellent English verbal and writing skills
• Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
• Familiarity with innovation methodologies such as human-centered design and lean startup
• Ability to easily connect with people of different cultures, navigate language barriers and ability to mobilize and excite people
• Familiarity with or keen interest to learn about innovation in humanitarian sector
• Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), G Suite knowledge is a plus
• Facebook, Whatsapp, Canva, Buffer, Mailchimp, IFTTT, Hootsuite,, etc experience would be an advantage, but not required.
• Kiswahili speaking and writing skills would be an advantage, but not required
• Knowledge of the Eastern Africa region would be an advantage, but not required

Working Languages
Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required.
Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Innovation), 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. The Head of the Programme Unit will be the second-level supervisor. 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.

Training components
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.

Learning Elements

At the end of the assignment, the Intern should have:
• Very good knowledge of WFP approach to innovation
• First-hand exposure to WFP innovation in the field in Tanzania
• Good knowledge of innovation approaches to humanitarian challenges
• First-hand experience with building and maintaining an innovation community
• General understanding of WFP overall operations

Information on the Country of Assignment
• Living conditions in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Life for expatriates in Dar es Salaam is characterized by an international community, with good employment opportunities and decent incomes, reasonable prices for housing (to rent or buy), and plenty of people from abroad to socialize with. Services are much better than the Tanzanian average, with efficient banking facilities and a simple visa system, as well as reliable internet. The construction boom of recent years also means there is plenty of choice for housing, such as modern apartments, and a variety of schools, including international schools specifically for foreigners.

Tanzania is generally a safe and peaceful country. However, like anywhere, it is wise to observe certain precautions, especially in larger urban areas. For international visitors, and indeed anyone not well acquainted with their surroundings, it is generally not a good idea to walk around at night (apart from the risk of robbery in certain areas, street lighting and sidewalks are not common but fast-moving cars are). The medical facilities in Tanzania are somewhat limited. State-owned hospitals tend to be overcrowded and the standard of care is not comparable to international standards. Most expatriates opt for private healthcare and there are good providers in Dar es Salaam, with information widely available.
Terms and Conditions:
• The PD intern will be paid a monthly stipend of approximately USD 670 per month as a contribution towards basic subsistence costs.
• 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.
Closing Date: 12 February 2020
VA Reference no: 110344
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

Career Opportunities: Programme Policy Officer (Head of Small Holder Farmer Unit) (109711)
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.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme and the general guidance of the Deputy Country Director, the consultant will guide the strategic direction of the smallholder farmer program, develop and foster internal and external partnerships, lead the smallholder farmers’ unit and manage its portfolio. The Consultant will supervise the smallholder farmers team and provide technical advice and support to the field teams implementing agriculture projects.
The Consultant will be based in Dar es Salaam, with frequent travel to the field.

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KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  • Coordinate all smallholder farmers activities and its strategic expansion plan;
  • Build,maintain and lead a specialized team to support the delivery of WFP's commitiments and to act as change agents to promote sustainable pro-smallholder value chains in multi-stakeholder contexts;
  • Serve as SO3 Strategic Outcome and Activity 5 and 6 manager to effectively and efficiently implement the smallholder farmers activities,including financial management and monitoring resources utilization versus results;
  • Identify and monitor risks and challenges in design and implementation of projects and propose mitigating actions and solutions;
  • Coordinate monitoring and eveluation of activities for agriculture portfolion in collaboration with the country office M&E unit and partners;
  • Maintain a strong profile for WFP's work through active engagement in the agriculture policy space in Tanzania,and through participation in the main meetings and coordination groups, including the Agricultural Sector Working Group;
  • Identify and pursue programmatic and financial opportunities for WFP's engagement in the agriculture sector;
  • Contribute to WFP's fundrising efforts by supporting proposal development,developing key messages and taking points, and preparing internal and external reports;
  • Connect and establish partnerships including with private and public sector actors;develop MOUs and agreemenrts;
  • Engage with partners implementing or complementing WFP's smallholder farmer projects;evaluate the performance of cooperating partners including utilization of resources,achievement of planned targets and KPIs and manage the cooperating partner relationships;
  • Lead WFP engagement with the government, and serve as a focal point for coordination with relevant partners and stakeholders;
  • Lead the coordination with other UN agencies in the KJP agriculture theme;represent the KJP agriculture theme at KJP steering commitees and with the regional government;
  • Provide regular updates to management and raise issues requiring management attention in timely maner;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

  • Finalise WFP Tanzania Agriculture Strategic Plan and the approach to have impact at scale;
  • The government, UN agencies and other actors in agriculture view WFP as a reliable and valued partner and convenor;
  • The smallholder staff structure (in the country office and sub-offices) is in place to meet the expected results and staff are supported and capacitated to fulfill their responsibilities;
  • Smallholder farmer projects incorporate elements of nutrition, social protection, gender, supply chain capacity and innovation;
  • Project implementation (KJP, CSAP…), programmatically and financially, is aligned with the 2020 workplan and budget;
  • Donor, WFP and UN reporting requirements (financial, narrative, results) have been met;
  • Corporate and country office monitoring requirements have been met;
  • WFP’s local procurement agreements and partnership opportunities are aligned with smallholder farmer activities and approaches;
  • Donor proposals have been submitted;
  • Program targets and budgets for 2021 have been approved.
Advanced University degree in one or more of the following; Agriculture, Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other related fields, with additional years of related work experience.
: Six years or more of post graduate work experience.

  • Familiarity with planning and implementing smallholder farmer projects, including support and capacity building of partners and farmers at national or sub-national level.
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate teams for efficient and effective delivery of results.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of small and medium enterprises, smallholder procurement and commercial agriculture experience.
  • Strong oral and written communicate skills are necessary to ensure WFP strategies and projects are well articulated to all stakeholders including beneficiaries, partners, local governments, ministries, and donors.
  • Ability to assimilate and analyze complex issues using independent judgment and anticipate potential impact.
  • Negotiation and motivational skills, with the ability to influence at senior levels within and beyond the organization.
  • Tact and ability to work harmoniously with people of different national and cultural background.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and problem-solving skills, strong client orientation for value chain stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of various aspects of financial services and modelling is a bonus.
  • Experience with large international organization(s) or business(es) a plus.
  • Ability to frequently travel within the country.
Fluency (level C) in English language. Advanced knowledge of Kiswahili language is an important advantage.
31st December 2019 (Midnight New York time)
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.