Monday, 16 September 2019

WFP Internship Opportunity 2019

World Food Programme seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles to join them as Data Analyst Intern. Based in the ARC offices in Johannesburg, the Intern Data Analyst will be a member of the Technical Support Division supporting all aspects of the ARC engagement with the ARC Member States, with a particular focus on the technical engagement with the in-country Technical Working Group (TWG) and in-country interactions with the TWG.

Reporting to the Head of TSD, and working closely with the TSD Focal Points for the assigned Member States, the Intern Data Analyst’s responsibilities will include the following:

  • Understand ARC and the Africa RiskView software and its underlying methodology
  • Assist the TSD and the TWG on all matters relating to the customisation of Africa RiskView and preparation
  • for participation in the insurance pool, including:
  • Support background research to understand the risk factors and risk profiles of the ARC Member State
  • Gather and prepare historical data on droughts and other natural disasters in the ARC Member State
  • Support the data analysis and customisation work for the ARC Member State
  • Support the drafting and review of customisation reports
  • Monitor and verify Africa RiskView’s estimates against information from the ground
  • Monitor Africa RiskView’s estimates to contribute to monthly bulletins and other ad hoc analyses and publications
  • Support the documentation of the ARC Technical Support Division’s in-country activities
  • -Support the Technical Support Division in designing and conducting Africa RiskView in-country trainings, -
  • preparing training material and support documentation;
  • Contribute to the development, upgrade and update of the Africa RiskView software and its related manuals
  • Represent the ARC Secretariat at country conferences and meetings as required, and report back to the TSD about relevant discussion points


  • Be a recent graduate (max. 12 months after graduation) from an undergraduate or graduate university programme in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Food Security, Natural Sciences, Agriculture, Development Studies or similar relevant discipline
  • Not be sons, daughters, brothers or sisters of WFP employees
  • Must be eligible to stay and work in South Africa
  • Proficient in Excel. Good knowledge of statistical packages (SPSS, Stata). Good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Power Point.
  • Basic knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
  • Fluent in English and/or French (+ official language of duty station if different).
  • Strong analytical and data interpretation skills
  • Reliability, attention to detail and problem-solving skills are highly appreciated.
  • Teamwork and good social skills.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and under minimum supervision, and under tight deadlines.

Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP up to the maximum amount of US$1000 per month depending on the duty station of assignment. The successful candidate must be available to start as soon as possible after accepting the contract. Working hours are 08h00 to 17h00 - Monday to Friday.


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.

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