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Internship Opportunity: UKRep Rome

Si segnala opportunità di tirocinio curricolare presso l'Ambasciata Britannica di Roma.

The UKRep is seeking an intern to support our team in the coming six months. The internship will be from March to September 2021, based in Rome working remotely if/when necessary.

The United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the United Nations Agencies in Rome (UKRep Rome) is the UK Government’s primary interface with the three Rome-based UN agencies: the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as well as the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). UKRep Rome is part of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). We are based in and work closely with the British Embassy in Rome, linking up closely with FCDO policy teams in the UK as well as with country offices and collaborating with the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Our mission is to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of FAO, IFAD and WFP in their work to address global food security, meet humanitarian needs, sustain agriculture and the natural environment, combat climate change and contribute to the SDGs (and in particular, SDG 1 to end poverty and SDG 2 zero hunger). This internship is an opportunity to learn about and develop work experience in the UN system, particularly the World Food Programme; as well as to understand how the UK is represented at the UN agencies in Rome and works with other Member States to build consensus and achieve objectives. UKRep Rome is a small, friendly team that works closely with the UN agencies and other member state representatives, as well as civil society and the private sector and this internship provides an opportunity to learn from the range of UKRep Rome’s work and develop international communication and influencing skills. The focus of this internship will be WFP in the context of the UK’s chairing of the List D group of donors to WFP for a year from February 2021. The intern will support our team effort to represent the UK in an important year - with the UK Presidency of the G7, and COP26 with Italy, as well the UN Food Systems Summit - reporting to the Deputy Permanent Representative to WFP and will work with us to:

a. Support WFP List D and Executive Board Bureau (EBB) meetings through:
- Help in arranging and preparing List and EBB meetings, in coordination with WFP’s Secretary to the Executive Board.
- Meeting note taking.
- Follow-up on List activities, particularly in preparation for Executive Board meetings (that take place in February, June and November), including coordination work, such as the finalisation of List statements.
b. Support UK preparation of WFP Executive Board meetings, including through:
- Preparation of briefing packs.
- Liaising with FCDO policy teams to ensure FCDO positions are reflected in all UK statements at WFP’s Executive Board.
- Organising bilateral meetings and side-events in the margins of the formal session.
- Note-taking and report writing.
c. Support to the organisation and preparation of other UKRep Rome meetings (including with FAO, IFAD, the CFS, as well as bilateral calls and visits) as needed.


Required experience and skills

  • Fluent spoken and written English 
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent IT skills (MS Office ideally) and ability to work remotely as well as travel to and from the British Embassy and WFP, FAO, IFAD HQ after COVID restrictions are eased.
  • Demonstrable interest in the UN and international development.
  • Some understanding of multilateral working would be beneficial

Terms and conditions

The ‘tirocinio curriculare’ is intended for undergraduate students or recently graduated students completing their academic path, as part of their education/studies. The candidate will have to go through a selection process by way of an interview, both written and oral. Only applicants who will be registered students with the university for the duration of the internship are eligible to apply.

Prior to appointment of the successful candidate, an agreement (Convenzione di Tirocinio) with the university must be signed setting out the arrangements including tutor, health& safety and insurance cover.

The intern will be granted a number of credits (crediti formativi) as indicated by the university.

The internship is not a work contract and as such is not paid. However, we will pay the intern a monthly allowance of €350 per month. This amount is not subject to tax under current local legislation. The internship does not give rights to upcoming job opportunities within the organisation although candidates are eligible to apply if they meet the criteria. The intern would be expected to work an average of 30 hours per week, Monday to Friday, within the range of 9.00 am – 5pm. Some degree of flexibility is expected, mostly in case of seminars and events. Flexibility is ensured by the embassy to accommodate the intern’s need in case of university exams or personal reasons.

Other administrative details are set out in the university ‘progetto formativo’ to be signed once appointed to the internship.

Applications will have to come through the university or promoting body by 2400 hours on 27/02/2021. Applications (covering letter + CV in English) can be sent to Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. indicando nell’oggetto: The United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the United Nations Agencies in Rome (UKRep Rome)

HR Office, Rome

Si informa inoltre che nel CV deve essere chiaramente indicata l’autorizzazione al trattamento dei dati personali ai sensi del Regolamento (UE) 2016/679 in materia di protezione di dati personali GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), in assenza della quale le candidature non saranno prese in considerazione.
L’ufficio Stage e Placement informa inoltre che i dati saranno oggetto di trattamento nel rispetto dei principi di liceità e correttezza dettati dal suddetto GDPR. Con l’invio del proprio CV si autorizza lo stesso ufficio alla trasmissione all’azienda/ente indicata/o nel riferimento.

Ufficio Placement e Stage

Daniela Cecchini
Tel: 06 510777268