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Internship - Stakeholder Engagement Communications, Advocacy and Marketing Division, Rome, Italy

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Marketing & Communications
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2023

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Internship - Stakeholder Engagement

Communications, Advocacy and Marketing Division (CAM)

HQ Rome, Italy



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 an intern position in the Communications, Advocacy and Marketing Division, based in Rome, Italy.




In order to support and encourage further funding from government and private sector donors and engage citizens and civil society around key issues, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) must strategically create and amplify moments, content and experiences that inspire action for our mission of ending hunger worldwide. The Brand Building and Engagement Team (CAMB) aims to reach and motivate these important stakeholders through influential voices, tailored content, and memorable experiences, leveraging data and insights into their views and behaviors. By doing so, we can effectively establish WFP as the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide and trigger action for Zero Hunger.

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Brand Marketing Coordinator and support of the Campaign and Donor Visibility Project Manager, the intern will support the day-to-day running and implementation of WFP’s global stakeholder engagement programme, including government donors, Goodwill Ambassadors, celebrities and influencers, and other key partners. In addition, the intern will support the development and execution of strategic outreach initiatives that leverage external stakeholders around WFP priority narratives to reinforce organizational objectives and mobilize support.




  • Title of Post: Stakeholder Engagement Internship
  • Supervisor: Brand Marketing Coordinator
  • Unit: Communications Advocacy and Marketing, CAM
  • Country: Italy
  • Duty Station: HQ Rome or homebased
  • Duration of internship: 6 months extendable to 8 months
  • Expected Start Date: November 2023




Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach:  

  • Assist with identification and outreach to external stakeholders (influencers, celebrities, government donors, partners) to support WFP’s campaigns, events and other strategic visibility initiatives.
  • Assist with the creation of outreach materials, presentations, briefing documents, assets and other relevant materials. 
  • Draft and curate messages and copy for activities leveraging external stakeholders, including social media activities. 
  • Together with WFP’s CAMB Unit and Social Media Unit, support with the ideation and development of engagement mechanisms and creative collaboration opportunities with external stakeholders. 

Monitoring & Measurement:  

  • Update and maintain internal databases and other monitoring systems with stakeholder-related data, including influencer activities, government donor insights, and other key information. 
  • Support with social media and traditional media listening and monitoring of stakeholder activities involving WFP and report on their performance. 

Capacity-Building & Knowledge Management:  

  • Support in the planning and coordination of internal workshops and trainings for stakeholder engagement strategies and best-practices.  
  • Support with the creation of training materials and other content and resources for internal capacity- and expertise-building around stakeholder engagement topics. 
  • Update and maintain internal knowledge management hubs and platforms. 
  • Monitor emerging industry trends and best-practices and provide recommendations on stakeholder engagement programme optimization. 


  • Assist with writing, fact-checking, outreach and additional external stakeholder-led projects as necessary. 



By the end of the assignment the intern will have developed: 

  • An updated database of materials and tools to promote WFP’s donors’ engagement, including training materials,  reports, and creative assets.
  • Supporting materials for the implementation, roll out and assessment of a reporting system of government donor engagement activities, including gathering of lessons-learnt and best-practices.
  • Reports and summaries of stakeholder engagement unit outputs including lessons learnt and recommendations.




  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated (within 6 months prior to the application to the internship programme) from a recognized University. Track or degree preferably in communication, journalism, political, development, social, or related studies
  • Completed at least two years of undergraduate study
  • Attended courses in the last 12 months (transcripts of records or diploma required)
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required. Second UN language and knowledge in digital design would be assets.




  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; 
  • Digitally savvy and knowledgeable about project management tools and creative software such as Canva or Mailchimp;
  • Deep understanding of social media platforms (Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook); 
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; 
  • Proactive, strategic and able to work independently (including in a remote environment); 
  • Ability to multi-task and solve problems in a fast-paced environment; 
  • Ability to produce engaging materials to serve a number of different internal and external audiences; 
  • Creative, with the ability to quickly adapt and master new digital tools to create content and materials. 




Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required.




Under the direct supervision of the Brand Marketing Coordinator, 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 an elemental part of the supervision. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and assignment of a buddy/mentor, the intern will rapidly become a fully integrated member of the CAM team in HQ.




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 developed an understanding of WFP’s mandate and work
  • Be comfortable preparing presentations for internal and external audiences.
  • Have developed an understanding of CAM’s stakeholder engagement activities 




  • VA Reference no: 829018
  • Closing Date: 17 September 2023 at 11:59pm Rome time




  • 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.
  • 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.




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All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications.  WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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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