United Nations World Food Programme Intern – Communication for Development Jobs in Uganda

United Nations World Food Programme Intern – Communication for Development Jobs in Uganda

About WFP

  • United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

  • In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year.

    Brief description of WFP in Uganda

  • WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP provides life-saving food assistance and livelihood opportunities to refugees in Uganda. In addition, WFP assists the most vulnerable people in Karamoja with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets.

    Organizational Context

  • The UN World Food Programme (WFP), 2020 Noble Peace Prize winner, is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda.

  • Karamoja sub-region where WFP has presence since 1964 is the poorest region in Uganda with over 80% population living under the poverty line. The region is prone to frequent and severe natural disasters, especially droughts, pests and diseases (humans, crops, and livestock) in part because of climate change.

  • WFP programmes in Karamoja use food to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities that are food secure.

    Job Purpose

  • To perform communications processes that support creation of communications content and the delivery of communication services aimed at maintaining and enhancing WFP’s visibility and reputation in Karamoja sub-region, and supporting proposal and fundraising activities.

  • The C4D Intern will be expected to support development and implementation of a creative, systematic, planned and evidence based strategy and process for C4D as an integral part of programme design, planning and delivery.

    Key Accountabilities

    Support to Strategy Design and Development of C4D activities

  • Provide support to conduct a comprehensive C4D situation analysis of social, cultural, communication, economic and political issues in Karamoja sub-region.

  • Support assessment and synthesis of qualitative and quantitative information and data to establish comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning WFP Karamoja Area Office C4D component of the programme portfolio.

  • Collaborate and/or consult with a wide range of internal and external partners and stakeholders to ensure synergy, integration, coherence and harmonisation of C4D activities in the WFP Karamoja programme porfolio.

    Implementation of C4D Activities

  • Produce and test materials to organise C4D events and activities to ensure community engagement and participation, maximum outreach and impact of programme activities.

  • Confirm technical quality, consistency and relevancy of communication materials that are developed, produced and disseminated to key audiences e.g. the people that we serve, communities, DLG officials, partners, media etc.

  • Recommend or select appropriate multiple media and communication formats and/or platforms (e.g. print, digital/social media. Television /radio, web etc) through which to communicate and provide visibilty for WFP activities.

  • Manage design and production of C4D, visibility and other communication material and tools to be disseminated via multi-media channels for compliance with targets and plans articulated in the Area Office C4D strategy.

  • Carry out C4D advocacy activities with/for a wide range of people that we serve, communities, constituents, stakeholders, partners etc to encourage/promote engagement and dialogue, inclusion, self-reliance and participation to achieve programme results.

  • Identify, establish and maintain active interaction/relations with the people that we serve, communities, media present in Karamoja, academia, research (Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU), National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) at Nabwini, etc), DLGs, the private sector and other strategic partners and networks to communicate/advocate WFP’s competencies and achievements to ensure engagement, interest and support
    to promote WFP’s efforts and contribution in Karamoja to achieve sustainable food and nutrition.

  • Participate in monitoring activities including programme meetings and work-plan reviews to assess/report efficacy/outcome of C4D on WFP programmes in Karamoja.

  • Take timely action to integrate and disseminate lessons learned in implementation of C4D initiatives.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications


  • Recent graduate with second-class honours bachelors degree qualification from a recognised university (certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO) in Uganda in one of the following fields: social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, journalism, public relations or another relevant technical field.

  • Graduation must be within the last 3 years (i.e. 2019 to 2021) at the time of applying for the internship.


  • Demonstrated minimum experience in the following areas will be an added advantage: social development, programme planning, communication for development, public advocacy or another related area.

  • Experience in photography, graphic design and video editing. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Karimojong languages and inter-cultural communication.

  • High ethical standards and understanding of sensitivities pertaining to food assistance issues.


  • Fluency in written and oral English language. Ability to communicate in basic Ngakarimojong, Lebthur and/or Swahili languages is a requirement.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations World Food Programme Intern – Communication for Development Jobs in Uganda

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