World Food Programme Internships Johannesburg

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The African Risk Capacity is a Specialized Agency of the African Union established in 2012 as an African-owned index-based weather risk insurance that provides African countries with tools and products to quantify and manage disaster risk. ARC offers a comprehensive, integrated solution that transfers weather risk away from governments – and the vulnerable households they protect to ARC. This enables governments to build resilience and better plan, prepare for and respond to Natural disasters, health outbreaks and Epidemics.
Emerging infectious diseases pose an increasing threat to health and economic development in Africa. In the past few years, the international community has moved towards a robust and well-coordinated response approach towards public health emergencies. Despite this, and other improvements in the increased speed of detection and response, rapid deployment of medical countermeasures and vaccines, the presence of timely access to funding in respect to many PHE remains unpredictable.
Following the Ebola crisis that ravaged West Africa, African Ministers of Finance requested the ARC Secretariat in March 2015 to develop a product to address countries’ financing needs to contain outbreaks of viruses and diseases common to the African continent, and in the event of spread or secondary transmission.
ARC has put together a team to work who are undertaking R&D on this outbreaks and epidemics and have in consultation with countries and partners selected four diseases for develop an insurance product for. The design of this product is based on four distinct but related workstreams, Risk Profile, Contingency planning, Disease model with trigger definitions and a cost benefit analysis. ARC’s O&E programme is designed to address many of the problems inherent in early response for disease outbreaks and epidemic response.
The O&E team seeks an intern to support its work of coordinating product development, including the country field, admin, filing, record keeping and coordinationSCOPE OF WORK AND RESPONSIBILITIESUnder the direct supervision of the Lead Advisor O&E, the intern will carry out the following tasks:

  • In close collaboration with the O&E unit, provide Admin support and set up scheduled team calls with the different work streams.
  • Ensure admin task such as the payment of consultants, collaborators and Researchers are processed and timely paid.
  • Compile a record and data base of O&E partners and stakeholders and ensure they are provided quarterly and routine update on progress.
  • Regularly engage in media research (including social media) to inform on actions/events of interest to the O&E pilot
  • Review the O&E web page and discuss with Team on material to update
  • Analyse flash reports and other reports from ARC field work to identify relevance to O&E.
  • Draft reports on O&E activities in ARC
  • Carry out administrative tasks as may be needed by the O&E unit.


  • Be a recent graduate (max. 6 months after graduation) from an undergraduate or graduate university programme in Public Health, International or Global Health and Development Studies or related field
  • Not be sons, daughters, brothers or sisters of WFP employees
  • Must be eligible to stay and work in South Africa


  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Manifest interest in global and international health issues
  • Strong computer skills including good knowledge of excel and access
  • Good communication skills
  • Good oral and written proficiency in English, French is a plus

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIESDEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS25 MAY 2019.Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to applyWFP 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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