Programme Data Management Intern

Date Posted: March 2, 2022, 3:47 a.m.

WFP - World Food Programme

Job Description


The Programme Data Workstream is under the Programme Cycle Management unit. The workstream coordinates and manages programme related output data emanating from the country offices within the region. Currently, there is a huge amount of output data within the region which keeps on changing as the country offices continue implementing their Country Strategic Plans (CSPs). This data needs to be managed in COMET and DOTS (corporate systems) in accordance with WFP set guidelines to support in critical programme decision making and corporate reporting. In addition, there is always need for programme data to be shared/accessed by relevant stakeholders for reviewing programme performance and making right programme decisions.


COMET is the corporate system for capturing, validating, and sharing programme output data while DOTS supports in data visualization and integration with other systems . RBN has been facing challenges related to some COs delays in monthly distribution data entry and validation in COMET. This negatively impact on CO programme performance. Thus, there is need to enhance capacity of RBN programme data workstream in supporting COs to ensure programme food distribution data is well managed within the system.


We are seeking to recruit for the position of Programme Data Intern in the Programme Cycle Management Unit.


Programme data intern will play a critical role in managing a significant portion of data related basic routine work, hence allowing senior programme data associates focus on other critical workstream deliverables during the internship period.


The programme data intern will also provide an opportunity for the workstream to provide on the job technical skills transfer to a fresh graduate in managing programme data using WFP corporate systems (COMET &DOTS) . This will expose the intern to WFP data management systems/guidelines and enhancing his/her potential to grow and become an expert in this area. The intern will also come in handy to provide critical support for the data workstream in reviewing programme data availability in COMET and supporting other programme units to access/extract the data as required. In addition, the intern will use the data system management skills acquired to establish a unit-based network of programme data liaison (PDL) focal point, train them and provide support on data access, extraction and visualization from systems thus enhancing capacity of units within the programme on effective data management.


Standard Minimum Qualifications

Currently enrolled in the university and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies; currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master's degree) from a recognized university; or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate programme within the last 6 months, preferably in Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Information Management or other closely relevant field or equivalent.

Currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree) from a recognized university, undertaking the programmes mentioned above, and have attended classes in the past 12 months.

Fluent in English (both oral and written) is a must; knowledge of a second UN language, preferably French, would be an asset.

Training and/or experience utilizing computers including word processing, spreadsheet, and other software packages.

Extremely proficient in online dashboard platforms and data visualization tools.

Working knowledge of basic statistics, databases, data mining and analytics


What You Will Do


Under direct supervision of the Senior Programme Associate, Programme Data Workstream, the intern will:

Review monthly country office food distribution data in COMET systems. This includes;

Conducting monthly data deep dive review in COMET to identify existing gaps and quality issues.

Generating and sharing monthly review summary report on the status of food distribution data in COMET to be used in engagement with COs.

Follow up with COs to address the existing programme data gaps in COMET system as identified through monthly review summary report. This includes;

Contact and support COs to address the existing distribution data gaps on monthly basis.

Document the underlying cause and action points for the purpose of reference in future.

Provide weekly updates to workstream team on the follow up progress and status.

Strengthen and support RBN programme units to access, manage and visualize output data through COMET & DOTS systems . This includes;

Establishing a unit-based network of programme data liaison focal point.

Train programme data liaison focal points on use of DOTS for programme data access and visualization.

Providing support and guideline to the members of programme data network on unit-based data management during the internship period.

Develop SOP for the programme data liaison focal point network.



A one month on the job training on use of COMET and DOTS systems in managing WFP programme data.

WFP mandatory online courses



Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP depending on the duty station of assignment (i.e. Nairobi).

WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas, and related costs.

WFP will recognize candidates’ educational credentials from recognized institutions that have been certified by competent international or national authorities such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) or Ministries of Education.

The internship duration is 8 months, full-time.


Closing Date: 2022-03-14


How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should apply to the World Food Program using the link Careers at World Food Programme Kenya

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