The World Food Programme (WFP) is one of the most prominent and influential organizations dedicated to addressing global hunger and food security issues. Established in 1961, it operates under the auspices of the United Nations and has since become the largest humanitarian agency in the world focused on food assistance.
Mission and Goals:
The primary mission of the World Food Programme is to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. Its ultimate goal is to create a world where everyone has access to nutritious and sufficient food. To achieve this, WFP works in close collaboration with governments, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and various partners to provide food assistance, nutrition programs, and support for food security initiatives.
WFP’s core activities include:
1. Food Assistance: WFP delivers food assistance to communities affected by crises such as conflicts, natural disasters, and economic instability. This aid includes food distributions, school meals, and support for pregnant and nursing women and children.
2. Nutrition Programs:WFP prioritizes improving the nutritional status of vulnerable populations, particularly children and pregnant or lactating women. The organization provides specialized food products to combat malnutrition and supports nutrition education and health services.
3. Food for Assets: In many developing regions, WFP runs programs that provide food in exchange for work on community infrastructure projects. This approach helps communities build resilience and improve their infrastructure while ensuring they have enough to eat.
4. Logistics and Supply Chain Management:WFP is known for its expertise in logistics, making it possible to deliver aid to remote and challenging locations. Their supply chain management ensures that food and relief items reach those in need quickly and efficiently.
5. Capacity Building:WFP invests in building the capacity of governments and local communities to address food security issues independently. This includes training and technical support for improving agricultural practices and food distribution systems.
Over the years, the World Food Programme has achieved several milestones, including:
1. Nobel Peace Prize: In 2020, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its relentless efforts to combat global hunger and contribute to peace by addressing the root causes of conflict.
2.Responding to Emergencies: WFP plays a vital role in responding to humanitarian crises, providing assistance to millions of people affected by conflicts and natural disasters each year.
3. Development Initiatives: Beyond emergency response, WFP engages in development projects that promote long-term food security and self-sufficiency in communities around the world.
4. Innovative Approaches: The organization has been at the forefront of innovation, using technologies like blockchain and biometrics to improve the efficiency and transparency of its operations.
Challenges and Future Goals:
The World Food Programme faces several challenges, including funding shortages, the increasing complexity of humanitarian crises, and the adverse effects of climate change. Its future goals include continuing to expand its reach, increase food security, and work toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030.
In summary, the World Food Programme is an indispensable organization in the fight against global hunger and food insecurity. With its unwavering commitment and innovative approaches, WFP contributes significantly to addressing immediate food needs and building long-term food security for vulnerable populations around the world.
Grade: WFP Volunteer
Employment Type: WFP Volunteer
Occupation: Communication and Advocacy, Media, General Support
Hiring Time: 6 Months Possibility of extension
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 100 million people with food assistance in 88 countries each year. About 20,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor. WFP is part of the United Nations system.
WFP volunteers donate their services to the Programme. It provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working in an international professional environment and provides exposure to a truly global humanitarian organisation.
All individuals holding volunteer agreement or those to be offered volunteer opportunities in the WFP Colombia Country Office will be screened and cleared by the HR unit prior to offering a volunteer agreement, and upon extension or renewal.
There is no compensation for such volunteer services.
The WFP Volunteer (Communications) will be under the overall supervision of the Communications Senior Associate and will work closely with the team based in Bogota. The Unit is responsible for managing communications, advocacy, and marketing in Colombia, using traditional media, blogs, campaigns, events, and social media platforms to promote its messages. Some country specific priorities include emergency, preparedness and response, climate change adaptation, peace, and social protection to reach zero hunger.
Carry out daily media monitoring, identifying relevant topics to WFP work both nationally and internationally in English and Spanish. Also, perform searches of emergency report documents of other UN agencies, partners, governments, and humanitarian groups, as well as other country status analyses from DNP and/or DANE for information purposes of the whole Country Office (CO).
Content and Products
- Support the communications unit on the creation and review of content for audio-visual and written material suitable for SoMe in Spanish and/or English following WFP guidelines.
- Provide support reviewing and writing stories for posting in WFP channels and other media, in Spanish and/or English including drafting of scripts, transcripts and subtitling, following WFP guidelines to do so.
Reviewing and providing inputs FOR the multimedia hub content documents to organize existing audio-visual inputs of the CO in this tool
- Support proofreading and translation (Spanish to English and vice versa) of narratives on the websites, brochures, posters, two-pagers, factsheets, reports, newsletter, infographics, and other internal and external communications materials according to corporate style and tone.
- Provide editorial/design inputs to enhance the visibility of the organization.
Administrative and General Support
Complete other projects as assigned, including preparing engaging mailings and PowerPoint presentations.
STANDARD MINIMUN QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Candidates must be enrolled or just graduated from a recognized university in one of the following areas: Communications, Foreign Relations, Politics, or related areas.
Experience in national or international non-governmental organizations is desirable.
Experience in multi-cultural environments is an asset.
Language: Fluency in English and Spanish (oral and written communication).
Professionalism: Ability to undertake coordination of specific activities, interpret/analyse a wide variety of data, and identify/resolve data/information discrepancies.
Planning and Organizing: Ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner.
Commitment to continuous learning: Initiative and willingness to keep abreast of new trends in international development and public information fields.
Technological Awareness: Proficiency in MS Office.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Communication: Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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.
Application deadline: October 22th 2023
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 and all employment applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.