Internship – Communications and Social Media, Communication Unit, WFP Global Office Canada, Ottawa At WFP – World Food Programme

Closing date: Wednesday, 12 April 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.

Internship – Communications and Social Media

WFP Global Office Canada, Ottawa

The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

We are currently seeking to fill a Communications and Social Media intern position , to support the work of the Global Office in Canada, based in Ottawa.

An internship at WFP is a great opportunity to acquire practical work experience while contributing to the goal of reaching Zero Hunger. Interns at WFP gain profound insight into highly relevant political processes in the United Nations and in government entities. The assignment allows gaining a deep understanding of how humanitarian assistance in emergency contexts is implemented and how it is interconnected with long-term development cooperation.

WFP is solely financed through voluntary contributions and the Government of Canada is currently one of the largest government donor s . T he work of WFP ’s Global O ffice in Canada is critical in sharing messages of appreciation with Canadians .


  •  Title of Post: Communications and Social Media Intern
  •  Supervisor: Communications Officer
  •  Unit: Public Partnerships and Resourcing
  •  Country: Canada
  •  Duty Station: Ottawa
  •  Duration of internship: 4 months, with possibility of extension
  •  Expected Start Date: 15 May 2023


Under the direct supervision of the External Relations Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:

  •  Monitor and report daily press and media relevant to WFP’s engagement in Canada to WFP
  •  Using WFP social media library, select and post social media content in both French and English to WFP Canada’s social media accounts on a daily basis.
  •  Monitor and track key social media accounts of interest for engagement on daily basis
  •  Track established key performance indicators for social media engagement on monthly basis for Sr. Leadership decision making to increase WFP Canada’s social media presence
  •  Support the planning process for WFP events in Canada with emphasis on social media engagement at external events and meetings
  •  Translate communication material from English into French as needed.
  •  Track and monitor engagement with journalists and media outlets on a weekly basis.
  •  Integrate a gender equality lens in social media and draft communication materials
  •  Perform other related duties as required


  •  Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate programme from a recognized university OR recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme) from a recognized university. Required field of study: Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, International Development or other related fields.
  •  University course attendance in the past 12 months
  •  Excellent command of both French and English
  •  Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
  •  Proven experience with corporate social media is an asset
  •  Proven experience using image software (eg. Canva , Mailchimp, Eventbrite) is an asset


  •  Display characteristics of professionalism, including hardworking, dependable, and respectful
  •  Professional communication skills including: active listening, speaking, writing and responding with the workplace environment.
  •  Ability to work independently
  •  Ability to produce high-quality written materials that are clear and concise .
  •  Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment
  •  Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in French and English are required ;
  •  Understanding of Canadian values and bilingualism.


Working knowledge of English (C level) and French (minimum B level) is required.


Under the direct supervision of the Communications Officer, 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 a part of the supervision. The External Relations Officer will provide second-level supervision. With the support of a comprehensive induction package , the intern will rapidly become a productive member of the team.


Throughout their assignment WFP interns have access to an industry leading learning platform, WeLearn, including language learning. Depending on opportunities and availability of funds, they may participate in WFP workshops or seminars, as appropriate.


At the end of the assignment, the Intern should:

  •  Have a greater understanding of the World Food Programme’s work and its role within the wider humanitarian system;
  •  Understand how to contextualize communications materials for Canada, considering Canadian bilingualism and values;


  •  VA Reference no: 704323
  •  Closing Date: 11 April 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.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.

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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