Position Title          :   Reports and Communications Intern
Duration                   :    6 months
Assignment Dates :    ASAP ( 6 months)
Duty Station            :    Johannesburg Regional Bureau, South Africa
Stipend                      :    Interns are paid a stipend of 10% Johannesburg Daily Subsistance currently R272 per day worked
The UN WFP RBJ is looking for a suitably qualified candidate to fill the post of  Intern  in support of the Regional Bureau for Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. From its base in Johannesburg, the Regional Bureau (RB) for Southern Africa supports operations in 11 countries reaching 12 million beneficiaries. The core policies and strategies that govern WFP activities are to support to save lives in emergency situations; to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people; and to help build assets and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities, particularly through conditional food for work and training programmes. Increasingly WFP is using innovating tools for food assistance including Cash & Vouchers, technical capacity building support and IT solutions.
This position is an excellent opportunity for an Intern who has an interest in communications, journalism, international relations/political affairs; external relations and fund raising and would like first-hand field experience to reinforce her/his knowledge of the UN system and how WFP works with the press, governments, and other external partners.
Under supervisor of the Regional Comms Officer, provide support to the 11 national Comms focal points in the Country Offices to help them to increase visibility for WFP operations. Under the supervisor of the Regional Reports Officer, assist in the generation and exchange of information that cumulates in formal reporting used by WFP Executive Managements, by WFP’s Executive Board, member governments and donors.
More specifically the Junior Information Officer will:
  • Help plan and execute information and donor visibility campaigns that promote WFP activities and that result in increased public awareness and greater support for WFP work
  • Help draft material for pamphlets, brochures and situation reports.
  • During December through February, draft and edit corporate Standard Project Reports (SPRs), ensure the timely compilation, editing and submission of the SPR for prior year’s projects.
  • Update and contribute to the Regional Bureau internal and external web pages
  • Preparation of fact sheets and briefs on different WFP activities in in the region for media and donors.
  • Contribute to Donor Research and fundraising strategy and execution.
  • Write/edit stories concerning WFP activities and beneficiaries for WFP websites and other publications. In order to collect the necessary material, intern may have to travel occasionally to project sites in different countries to take pictures and write beneficiary profiles. Perform other related duties as required 
Currently studying towards a university degree or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) in communications, journalism, media studies, international relations/political affairs.
Required Competencies:
  • Strong writing skills (samples of previous reports/projects to be provided)
  • Understanding of the South African and regional media and communications landscape is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, Publisher and Powerpoint
  • Knowledge of social media is important
Fluency in both oral and written English. Level B of French and/or Portuguese may be advantageous.
Interested individuals meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit a cover letter together with a detailed curriculum vitae and samples of previous reports/projects via email to:, quoting Announcement No: 003/2016 by 30 April 2016.