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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 2021 in the Policy and Programme Development Department (PD).
The position will be based in supply chain and port operations to be Port Operations / Supply Chain unit, Mombasa, Kenya. The internship will be typically for the period of at least 3 months during May/June to August/ September 2021.
Brief description of WFP activities in Port Operations/Supply Chain Unit in Mombasa, Kenya:
Mombasa Port is the main port of entry in Kenya and main HUB for WFP operations in the Region with a turnover of over 300,000MT foods and non-foods items per year. WFP Mombasa is responsible for handling arrivals of containerized cargo and charter vessels supporting the landlocked countries and Kenya operations.
The Mombasa Office is operational and dynamic, involving warehouse management / land transport, port clearances activities and vessel discharge operations. We are looking for young talented individuals with an interest in supply chain and port operations. The intern will be supervised by the head of the office, providing training in shipping activities, warehousing management, and logistics in general.
- Title of Post: PD Internship_ Digital Transformation Support
- Supervisor: Logistics Officer of Unit/Head of Office
- Unit: Supply Chain, Port Operations
- Country: Kenya
- Duty Station: Mombasa
- Duration of internship: At least 3 months (May/June to August/September 2021)
- Expected Start Date: ASAP, June 2021
Duties and responsibilities
The intern will be supervised by the head of the office providing training in shipping activities, warehousing management, and logistics in general. The PD Summer Intern will perform the following duties:
- Update weekly reports, including maintaining our Tableau Dashboard
- Assist the various teams in our internal business processes, Warehousing, Transport, Shipping
- Manage WFP’s container tracing system during vessel discharge
- Provide a daily warehouse assessment using the mobile APP
- Coordinate and organize workshops for service provision
- Participate in the in-house trainings on the various supply chain subjects
- Perform other related duties as required
Qualifications and experience
- Currently enrolled in a graduate programme and have attended classes in the past 12 months, or a recent graduate from a graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme).
- Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
- Excellent English verbal and writing skills
- Excellent IT skills / dashboards / mobile APPs
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies
- Good team work and interpersonal skills
- Openness to innovation and learning
- Enthusiasm for humanitarian and development causes
Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required.
Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)
Under the direct supervision of Logistics Officer of Unit, 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. Head of Office 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.
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:
- Results-based skills in supply chain activities, port operations and warehouse management
- Good knowledge in modernizing our internal processes, Dashboard implemented, mobile APP and Transport Allocations tool concluded
- Understanding in Shipping / Maritime industry
- Skills in planning, coordination and collaborating both with the internal and external stakeholders.
- Integration and more service provision
- General understanding of WFP overall operations
Information on the Country of Assignment
Mombasa Port is the main port of entry in Kenya and main HUB for WFP operations in the Region with a turnover of over 300,000MT foods and non-foods items per year. WFP Mombasa is responsible for handling arrivals of containerized cargo and charter vessels supporting the landlocked countries and Kenya operations. The Mombasa Office is very operational and dynamic, involving warehouse management / land transport, port clearances activities and vessel discharge operations.
Mombasa is a beautiful coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean. It is Kenya’s second largest city and has a large port and an international airport. It is classified as B duty station under the UN duty stations classification.
Mombasa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kenya usually frequented by UN personnel for both work and holiday. The area’s security remains generally stable. In general, Mombasa records highs of 88°F (31°C) and lows of 80°F (26°C), representing a very small range. This explains why it is hot for most parts of the year. It would therefore be advisable to bring light clothing. There is adequate supply of housing at affordable prices and has a number of shopping malls.
The area is also prone to tropical diseases such as Malaria, Dengue Fever. Staff are therefore advised to used mosquito repellents and sleep under treated mosquito nets.
VA Reference no: 141656
Closing Date: 2 May 2021
Please note that the deadline is at 11:59 pm Rome time (GMT + 1)
Terms and Conditions:
- Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP up to the maximum amount of US$1,000 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.
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.