2 Business Support Assistants (Social Protection Intern) at United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

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WFP is looking for talented people who are committed to joining our efforts to eradicate hunger. It offers unlimited opportunities to grow your professionalism,  talent and expertise. Start your journey to be a member of the world-wide effort to eradicate hunger. WFP has a policy of affirmative action for women.


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 Uganda with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets.

As Uganda strives to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and become a middle-income country by 2040, WFP is also assessing its relevance and repositioning its role in Uganda.


We are seeking qualified individuals for the position of  Business Support Assistant (Social Protection Intern)2 positions to be based in Koboko. Selected candidates will be employed on Special Service Agreement.


These jobs are found in Country Offices (COs), Regional Bureaux (RBs), and Headquarters (HQ). Job holders typically provide administrative support to team(s) and/or support a specific business stream, and report to the relevant Associate. At this level, work is carried out under close supervision or immediately available assistance. Job holders are expected to produce organised and accurate work.


In addition to the crisis response programmes for refugees, WFP is implementing Social Protection programme activities covering all refugee hosting districts in West Nile. Koboko Field Office covers 7 out of the 8 districts supported under the Social Protection Programme which include NutriCash (Nutrition Sensitive Cash Transfers), Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC), District Local Government (DLG) capacity strengthening, gender and protection and market facilitation. The field office has the highest refugee caseload, and this calls for more resources including human resource leaving gaps to support other programme activities. Having two interns to support the Social protection programme will help to bridge the staffing gap.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

•Support and participate in planning and implementation and integration of social protection activities with other programme activities under Koboko Field Office.
•Support in organizing trainings and workshops under the SIDA programme workplan.
•Participate in district local government engagements and capacity strengthening with support from the senior social protection staffs.
•Work with the Social protection team to develop meaningful nutrition communication messaging aimed at promoting the consumption of more nutritious food.
•Participate in the programme reviews and provide input for the improvement of implementation.
•Draw up correspondences like drafts of presentations, letters of invitation, memos for review by the SP team.
•Participate in reviews, studies, vulnerability assessments and mappings, and other relevant survey pertaining to SIDA programme.
•At field level, participate in protection and gender working group meetings to identify issues that require WFP’s attention to inform programming
•Support the implementation of the Gender Action Plan through ensuring gender features prominently at all stages of the program and activity cycle i.e assessment, design, baseline, implementation monitoring and evaluation including budgeting.

•Support in the identification, registration and mobilization of social protection beneficiaries as well as data analysisand visualization.
•Verification of NutriCash beneficiaries during cash distribution to ensure that only the eligible targeted groupreceives the entitlement.
•Assist and participate in the distribution of nutrition and child sensitive cash transfers to pregnant, lactatingwomen and children U2, which is part of the social protection interventions under the programme.
•Participate in community sensitization, market facilitation and SBCC activities.
•Ensure provision of timely updates on Social Protection and report on programme activities weekly and monthly.
•Perform any task delegated by the Team Leader


  1. Bachelors degree in Food science & Nutrition, Public Health, Agriculture, Social sciences, Gender, Social protection and humanitarian studies or any other related studies with atleast a second class upper degree.
  2. Graduated between 2019 to 2021 with atleast second upper class degree.
  3. Born of Westnile region
  4. Speaks the WestNile local languages i.e Kakwa, Lugbara, Aringa, Madi
  5. Experience in data collection and analysis.
  6. Self-driven, a team player and open to new challenges; and interested in taking a first step in the humanitarian sector with (social protection).
  7. Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills.
  8. Able and willing to work in a diverse community environment and have practical working experience in refugee settings and/in complex emergencies
  9. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Builds an understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Approaches individual tasks and responsibilities with a positive attitude and demeanor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Understands the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Connects individual tasks and responsibilities to unit’s goals and mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Seeks opportunities to build and enhance individual skills.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Demonstrates respect and understanding for diversity and cultural differences.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Identifies and approaches colleagues or supervisors to serve as coaches.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear goals and measurable targets for own tasks and responsibilities.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Assesses own tasks and responsibilities to find ways to be more efficient.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains accurate records of completion times and tasks in own areas of responsibility.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Understands responsibilities and the metrics associated with own tasks.
  •  Be Decisive: Notifies supervisors of dangerous situations or potential issues that may arise while in the field or office.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Understands WFP’s organizational structure, including the purpose and mission of each unit.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Supports team in working with colleagues and WFP’s partners in the field toward common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Maintains a professional and courteous relationship with other WFP employees and partners in the field.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Understands own team’s contributions in its partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.




This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job


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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