Business Support Assistant (Finance/Administration) Intern, Berbera, Somalia

December 2, 2022
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

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.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.

Why join WFP in Somaliland?

The World Food Programme provides food assistance for nutrition, livelihoods, and relief through the hard work of more than 500 employees who contribute to make Somalia hunger free in close partnership with local partners

The Female Internship Programme

The Female Internship Programme is a learning opportunity aimed at attracting young and talented candidates across the globe. The programme will provide selected candidates with the opportunity to supplement their academic knowledge with a practical work assignment in a field related to the work of WFP. This will promote better understanding of WFP Somalia’s mandate and programmes. Similarly, the programme will provide WFP with qualified individuals specializing in relevant fields in line with WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

WFP’s activities include food assistance for relief, school feeding, safety nets, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers. You will be part of a dynamic team that effectively identifies, monitors, evaluates, and manages the organization’s strategic, operational, and financial risks in support of WFP’s country strategic plan for Somalia.

This position is open to qualified Somali female nationals.

What will you do?

Under the guidance and supervision of the Finance/Administrative Associate, the intern will be required to undertake the following:

Assist in compiling information from various sources to prepare reports relating to budgets, accounting, finance, and statistics.
Retrieve, format and validate information obtained from various financial information systems and bring any discrepancy to the attention of the supervisor and follow up corrective actions.
Perform administrative duties related to the monitoring and recording of fixed assets, money spend on fuel and spare parts for vehicles and generators, to ensure that the databases are accurately updated.
Collate and process information including dissemination to support the production of standard documents and reports for the unit
Manage and maintain paper and electronic records within the area of responsibility in accordance with established procedures, to ensure swift and easy data access as required.
Undertake research and perform basic analyses of data, to contribute to the provision of accurate information and effective management of resources.
Be a point of contact for internal queries, to facilitate the provision of efficient and effective resolution of daily issues.
Provide inputs to routine methods and practices in own area of work, to support the continuous improvement of services provided.
Perform any other duties as required.
Do you meet the minimum requirements?

The Internship Programme is open to Somali female candidates who meet the following criteria:

Completed an undergraduate or graduate degree programme (e.g., a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree) at a recognized university, studying in the area of Business Administration and Management, Finance, Commerce, statistics, Human Resources Management, or other relevant field and with a great interest for Finance and Administration work
Candidates must have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the last 12 months
Excellent writing and communication skills in English and Somali
Are you competent for this job? Do you have

Desire to learn about and develop key skills in the field of Finance and Administration.
Flexible work style and approach based on client needs.
Cultural sensitivity.
Team player and problem solver.
Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills; high attention to details.
Ability to think, plan, and execute on multiple projects simultaneously in an organized way.
Technology savvy: ability to think out-of-the box and to come up with innovative ideas.
Good knowledge of Microsoft Office package, particularly of Excel and PowerPoint.

Contract Duration 8 Months


18th December 2022

WFP does not charge any application fees to candidates.

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.