Internship Legal Division World Food Programme, Rome Area, Italy

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The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill one or more internship positions in the Administrative and Employment Law and the Contractual and Constitutional Law Branches of the Legal Office. The positions will be based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Internships will be for an initial period of three months starting in October 2017 or November 2017.


Administrative and Employment Law Branch

The Administrative & Employment Law Branch provides legal services to WFP on all aspects of the employment relationship between WFP and its employees, which includes defending WFP in litigation brought by employees, advising management on the legal aspects of employee relations, and securing the privileges and immunities of WFP and its staff.

Interns in this branch may perform the following tasks:

  • Carry out research in relation to the interpretation of WFP’s regulations and rules and the jurisprudence of the international tribunals, such as the International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal and the UN Dispute Tribunal;
  • Conduct legal sufficiency analysis in respect to cases involving alleged employee misconduct;
  • Prepare legal briefs, opinions, memoranda and correspondence in various areas, such as legal risk assessment of management actions;
  • Review and interpret international treaties, such as the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, and assist in drafting diplomatic communications to the governments of countries in which WFP works;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Contractual and Constitutional Law Branch

The Contractual and Constitutional Law Branch provides legal services to WFP on governance and constitutional matters, international public law, financial and commercial activities, operations, contributions, intellectual property and communications.

Interns in this branch may perform the following tasks:

  • Carry out research in relation to the interpretation of WFP’s regulations and rules and other internal normative sources, organizational governance, privileges and immunities and public international law;
  • Prepare legal opinions, reports, memoranda and correspondence in the above areas;
  • Assist in the drafting, review and negotiation of commercial contracts and agreements with governments, UN agencies, international organizations, NGOs and cooperating partners, in relation to food- and cash-based activities and other activities in line with WFP’s mandate;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Essential Requirements

  • Currently enrolled and have attended University courses in the last 12 months inclusive of having completed at least two years of undergraduate studies or have recently graduated in the last 6 months with a BA or MA and have attended university courses in the last 12 months;
  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in their fourth or fifth year of an undergraduate degree in Law (first degree), or enrolled in a graduate or Masters programme (second degree) in Law, or recently graduated from a degree in Law. In all cases candidates must have attended University courses in the last 12 months;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Written and oral proficiency in English.
  • Minimum availability of 3 months (longer duration of up to 6 months is desirable).
  • Intermediate knowledge of another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese would be desirable;
  • Previous professional legal experience in a law firm or the legal office of another international organisation is a strong asset.

Terms and Conditions

  • 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;

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

Closing date for applications: 19 September 2017.


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