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Intern - Private Sector Partnerships (8 months contract), Johannesburg

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Sales & Business Development
Potomac, MD, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2023


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 12 Southern Africa countries including, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazaville, Tanzania.

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WFP’s Regional Bureau for Southern African region (RBJ) is coordinating and facilitating private sector engagement across the 12 Southern African Countries Offices (COs). One of the priorities for enhanced private sector engagement in the region for 2023 is an actionable regional strategy to be supported by a robust and thorough land scape assessment of opportunities in all 12 countries along the following pillars: income; 2) impact and 3) innovation. Some of the opportunities will be at country, regional and where it makes sense, global level, particularly for prospective private sector partners that may have an interest in Southern Africa, though not based at the regional or CO-level. The landscape mapping exercise will be critical to ensure WFP’s approach to transform private sector partnerships in the field.

Compounding the importance of the landscape exercise with the other equally important, but competing priorities of the Private Sector Partnerships Officer, the purpose of this assignment is to therefore hire an intern to undertake the landscape analysis, support on private sector engagement, communication and reporting. Further coordination with all RBJ units, Headquarters (HQ) and CO teams may also be required.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Private Sector Partnerships Officer, she/he will be responsible for
1. Working together with the Private Sector Partnerships Officer, she/he will be responsible for coordinating the landscape analysis process, including all phases from scope definition to reporting, and using inputs from technical units, working closely with various units within RBJ and if needed with the COs and HQ.
2. Following the landscape mapping exercise, shortlist priority private sector that have an overlap with WFP with regards to activities, goals, priorities or areas of interest
a. This should include completing detailed research and analysis of private sector partners’ corporate responsibility agendas, utilizing primary and secondary methods such as interviews and desk research, to generate insights and develop recommendations.
b. This should include information, where possible, on the prospective company’s advocacy priorities, ensuring that this also potentially aligns with WFP’s priority advocacy agenda in each respective country office.
3. Informed by the landscape analysis, support the Private Sector Partnerships Officer with developing the strategic vision, objectives, and key results for the regional/specific CO partnership plan/pipeline, and maintain alignment to both regional priorities and the PPF corporate strategy.
4. Assist in developing the Value Proposition from the field with the support from PPF Business Development team, Units at RBJ and COs.
5. Closely following up with COs on the progress, achievements, challenges, and successes of private sector engagement, and report to the Private Sector Partnerships Officer.
6. Supporting the Private Sector Partnerships Officer on field mission and mission planning.
7. Collaborating with WFP stakeholders to integrate their knowledge and experiences into the analysis to proactively address learnings, begin buy-in process of COs in the region, and better position strategy for conversion into an action plan for the country offices.
8. Developing communication materials for private partner engagements, in close collaboration with Communication teams at HQ and RBJ.
9. Producing reporting products to internal and external stakeholders as necessary.
10. Taking trainings and learning how to use Salesforce and Tableau software applied to private sector partnership in the Field.



  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate programme (for example, Bachelor’s degree) from a recognised university and have completed at least two years of the programme. Candidates should have attended classes in the past 12 months; or
  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate programme (for example, Master degree) from a recognised university and have attended classes in the past 12 months; or
  • Be a recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme) from a recognised university and have attended classes in the last 12 months of enrolment in the university.
  • Field of study :Business Administration, Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, International Relations, Law, Sales & Marketing, Communications or other related field;

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience in Research – collecting background information, desktop or by conducting interviews (where appropriate). This is in order to conduct landscape mapping and identify and generate leads for WFP in Southern Africa.
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to compile, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data, prepare reports and draw conclusions and recommendations;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent skills in utilizing computer programmes, including Word, PowerPoint, and spreadsheets. Experience in Publisher is an asset.


  • Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English. Knowledge of French/Portuguese an added advantage.


  • Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP up to the maximum amount of US$1000 per month depending on the duty station of assignment.
  • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas and related costs.
  • Depending on the duty station of assignment, 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;


This Vacancy Announcement will close on Thursday 01 June 2023 at 11:59pm Johannesburg Time.


This position is only open to South African nationals or Permanent Residents of South Africa.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.