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The Office of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Accra Is Looking For An Intern (Emergency Preparedness and Response Intern)

The UN World Food Programme in Accra is looking for an intern for Emergency Preparedness and Response. Join efforts in tackling humanitarian challenges.

About UN World Food Programme (WFP):

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is a prominent humanitarian organization committed to saving and transforming lives. With a primary focus on delivering food assistance during emergencies and collaborating with communities to enhance nutrition and resilience, WFP plays a vital role in global humanitarian initiatives.

Background:

WFP is actively assisting the Government of Ghana in realizing its vision of economic self-sufficiency, as outlined in the “Ghana Beyond Aid” charter. The WFP Ghana Country office, operating within the Gulf of Guinea Emergency Response framework, is currently dedicated to aiding refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable members of host communities in the Upper East and Upper West regions. The escalating insecurity in Burkina Faso, fueled by non-state armed groups, has swiftly spread southward, resulting in a spill-over across the border and placing a substantial burden on the resources and food systems of host communities.

Consequently, there is a pressing need for an Emergency Preparedness and Response Intern to provide essential support to the team. This role, based in Accra, aims to address the challenges posed by the spill-over and enhance the overall effectiveness of emergency response operations.

Job Purpose:

The primary objective of this role is to offer administrative and operational support to the emergency coordinator and other team members. The incumbent will play a crucial role in ensuring the efficient and effective management of the response efforts, with direct supervision and management provided by the emergency coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Emergency Coordinator, the incumbent will undertake the following responsibilities:

  1. Produce and Contribute to Reports: Prepare briefs, presentations, and reports for the Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Unit, including support for the monthly Gulf of Guinea situation report and other necessary documents.
  2. Research on Cash Transfers: Conduct desk research on the impact of cash transfers to asylum seekers, utilizing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods techniques in collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation team.
  3. Capacity Strengthening: Collaborate with the EPR team to support the capacity strengthening of the National Disaster Management Organization and other local entities responsible for emergency response.
  4. Cross-Functional Learning: Engage in EPR activities that facilitate cross-functional learning and contribute to specific projects by sharing experiences from different functional areas.
  5. Crisis Analysis: Conduct desk research, reviews, and analyses related to crises and EPR-related issues in the Gulf of Guinea Countries.
  6. Contextual Risk Analysis: Support the synthesis and production of Gulf of Guinea contextual risks analysis in close collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation team.
  7. Field Missions and Community Engagement: Support protection and accountability to affected populations through regular field missions and community engagement activities.
  8. Knowledge Management: Assist the EPR unit in designing and implementing a knowledge management strategy.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled with at least two years of undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the last year) in Social Sciences, Economics, Disaster Management, Agriculture, Development Studies, International Relations, or related fields.
  • Currently enrolled or a recent graduate of an advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) highly regarded.
  • A strong command of the English language is compulsory. Knowledge of French, Arabic, and/or regional languages is viewed positively.

Experience:

  • No professional experience required.

Desired Skills for Entry into the Role:

  • Good communication skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work under pressure.

Language:

  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.

Closing Date: 22 February 2024

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