PD Summer Internship Programme 2020 - Smallholder Agricultural Market Support (SAMS)
World Food Programme
Dakar, Senegal
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SAMS unit in Dakar, Programme Division, in Dakar, Senegal

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 2020 in the Policy and Programme Department (PD).

The position will be based in the Social Protection Unit, Regional Bureau Dakar (RBD). The internship will be typically for the period of at least 3 months during May / June to August / September 2020.

Brief description of WFP activities and SAMS Unit in Dakar

WFP Pro-Smallholder Food Assistance programme in West African and Central countries has been mainly oriented on strengthening smallholder agriculture and promotion of market development through an integrated approach with social protection programmes that aim to build resilience.

The SAMS unit in RBD provides technical support to country offices in designing and implementing pro-smallholder food assistance programme in line with WFP strategic results (SR) (SR3 enhance smallholder productivity and incomes / SR4 sustainable food systems).

In the line of the Corporate Pro-Smallholder Food Assistance Strategy, Smallholder Agricultural Market Support (SAMS) portfolio includes two strategic thrusts, depending on whether support to smallholders is driven by food purchases (aiming to help smallholders able to produce marketable surpluses overcome challenges in accessing markets) or rests on theme-based interventions (aiming to address factors that undermine resilience in the fragile contexts in which WFP typically operates).

SAMS portfolio includes activities, investments and partnerships, that leads to enhance smallholder technical and operational capacities in the area of good agriculture practices, post-harvest handling and storage, farmers organization’s governance, marketing and access to market, access to finance.

These activities and investment are framed around 4 impact pathways : demand side, supply push, inclusive aggregating systems and enabling environment (market system).

Most of countries in RBD are implementing SAMS activities in their Country Strategic Plan (CSP) / Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP).

This mainstreaming and expansion are largely a result of government interest in linking Family Farming with social protection systems.

General Information

  • Title of Post : PD Summer Intern
  • Unit : Smallholder Agricultural Market Support (SAMS)
  • Supervisor : SAMS Regional Coordinator of Unit
  • Duration : At least 3 months (May / June to August / September 2020)
  • Duties and responsibilities

    Under the direct supervision of the SAMS Coordinator of the unit, the PD Summer Intern will perform the following duties :

  • Work closely with RBD Country Offices, specially the SAMS focal points, to provide support in the implementation of SAMS action plans and help to capture evidences and best practices
  • Work closely with country offices to prepare inputs for RBD monthly update on SAMS activities progress in RBD Country Offices
  • Assist the SAMS coordinator in updated SAMS intervention mapping including South-South cooperation and post-harvest losses reduction initiatives
  • Perform other tasks as needed.
  • Qualifications and experience

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s degree programme OR a recent graduate of a master’s degree (graduated within the last 6 months
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Outlook)
  • Excellent English and French verbal and writing skills
  • Good knowledge of issues related to food security and nutrition, value chain and linking smallholder farmers to market
  • Working Languages

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

    Supervision (Level / Methods of Supervision)

    Under the direct supervision of Programme Policy Officer of SAMS 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.

    The Senior Regional Programme and Policy Adviser 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.

    Training components

    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.

    Learning Elements

    At the end of the assignment, the Intern should have :

  • Very good knowledge of WFP Smallholder Agricultural Market Support Programmes in West Africa
  • Understanding of good practices on food security and nutrition, value chain, linking smallholder farmers to market across the organisation
  • Good communication skills and ability to build and maintain effective work relationships with team members and staff within Regional / Country Office
  • General understanding of WFP overall operations
  • Information on the Country of Assignment

  • Living conditions in Dakar, Senegal
  • The name Senegal also comes from the Wolof Sañu Gaal , which means Our Boat . The country covers 197,000 km2 and has an estimated population of about 15 million.

    The climate is Sahelian, but there is a rainy season in between June and September.

    Dakar is the capital of Senegal. An Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Its traditional Médina quarter is home to the Grand Mosquée, market by a towering minaret.

    Most of the population is Muslim (93%), mainly Sunni of Maliki school of jurisprudence with Sufi influence. Christians (principally Catholics) represent 7%.

    The official language is French, with a variety of national languages such as Wolof, Mandinka, Pulaar, Jola, Sérère.

    The Regional Bureau (RB) is located in the very center of town in the neighborhood called Plateau, a few steps away for the National Assembly.

    The Plateau is also the administrative and commercial center of town where many banks, ministries and major companies have their offices.

    On the other hand, the WFP Senegal Country Office is located in the Almadies area, neighborhood of Ngor.

    Most of the expatriates live along the South-West Coast of Dakar extending from Ngor to the Plateau where the RB is located.

    This includes the residential areas of Ouakam, Mermoz, Fann Residence. All these areas are connected by a coastal road called the Corniche.

    Terms and Conditions :

  • The PD intern will be paid a monthly stipend of approximately USD US$ 790 per month as a contribution towards basic subsistence costs.
  • 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.
  • Closing Date : 12 February 2020

    VA Reference no : 110029

    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.

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