Internship – Legal Office

Application Closing Date – 15 July 2019

Brief description of Legal Office

The Legal Office provides support for WFP’s mission through its three branches – the Administrative and Employment Law Branch (LEGA), the Contractual and Constitutional Law Branch (LEGC) and the Maritime, Transport and Insurance Law Branch (LEGM). You will be selected to work in one of two branches—either LEGA or LEGC—with the possibility of doing some cross-over work between branches.

General Information

•    Title of Post: Legal Intern •    Supervisor: Legal Officer, as assigned •    Unit: LEG •    Country: Italy •    Duty Station: Rome •    Duration of internship: Minimum 3 months •    Expected Start Date: Negotiable start date between October 2019 and March 2020

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of a Legal Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties: •    Conduct legal research into and assist in interpreting WFP’s regulations and rules and other internal normative sources of law, and public international law, including but not limited to international treaties governing privileges and immunities and the jurisprudence of the international tribunals, such as the International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal; •    Prepare legal briefs, opinions, memoranda and correspondence; •    Assist in the drafting, review and negotiation of commercial contracts and agreements with governments, UN agencies, international and national partners and vendors; •    Analyse and assess evidence collected in cases involving alleged employee misconduct; •    Interpret and apply international treaties, and assist in drafting diplomatic communications to the governments of countries in which WFP works; •    Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications and experience

•    Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or about to begin, the final year of an undergraduate law programme (first degree); be currently enrolled in a graduate law programme (second degree, e.g., master’s or JD); or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate law programme within six months of the deadline for applications. In all cases, candidates must have attended a course within the last 12 months for credit towards the law degree.  (If you are selected, a university certification will be required.) •    Proficiency in MS Office (in particular, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). •    Previous legal experience in a law firm, in-house, or the legal office of another international organisation preferred but not required.

Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

Purpose: •    Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives. •    Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors. •    Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission. •    Sets daily tasks that align with WFP’s overall operations. People: •    Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness and includes these in conversations on own developmental goal. •    Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment. •    Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence and develop and improve individual skills. •    Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances. Performance: •    Shows a willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work. •    Aims to deliver results within individual scope of work on time and without errors; seeks assistance and guidance from senior lawyers, as needed. •    Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities. •    Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction. Partnership: •    Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles. •    Demonstrates the ability to understand and appropriately escalate the needs of external partners. •    Portrays an informed and professional demeanour toward internal and external partners and stakeholders. •    Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantify and demonstrate WFP’s unique value as a partner.

Working Languages

•    Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required. •    Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or Portuguese is preferred, but not required.

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of a Legal Officer, the incumbent will be provided with one-on-one technical supervision, skills development, and mentoring. Supervision will include performance planning and review, as well as learning and development discussions, as appropriate. A Senior Legal Officer will be the second-level supervisor. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and assignment of a supervisor, the intern will rapidly become a productive member of the team.

Training components

Throughout their assignment, WFP interns have access to an industry-leading learning platform, weLearn.  Depending on opportunities and availability of funds, he/she may participate in WFP workshops or seminars, as appropriate.

Learning Elements

At the end of the assignment, the Intern should have moved closer to mastering: • Legal analysis skills; • Legal drafting skills (expository, advocacy, and contract drafting); and • Inter-personal skills required for working in a dynamic legal office, dealing with in-house, and manoeuvring in a large UN organization.

Information on the Country of Assignment

• Living conditions in Rome, Italy (Living conditions, security, health, etc)

The security situation in Italy remains in line with other European Countries. There are no specific threats against the UN in Italy. Considering the ongoing defeat of Daesh in the war territories, the trend in the short and mid-term will most likely continue to see the return of the militants to the countries of origins, including Italy. Insurrectional anarchism remains sufficiently organized on the Italian territory, as it has been present for many years. This movement could target the UN in the context of its anti-capitalism/anti-western narrative. 2) Whilst UN staff continue to be victims of minor crime such as street robbery and apartment break-ins, the infrequency of attacks and random nature of locations do not indicate that UN staff are at an elevated risk in comparison to residents or tourists in Italy. 3) Italy’s national territory is exposed to a broader range of natural hazards than any other European country. The vulnerability of its population and built environment is often severe and has in some cases been exacerbated by human activities.

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Human Resources Department Traineeship (GSA/TR/HR/2019-2020)

Contract Type: Trainee

Location: Prague

Deadline: 30/06/19

Vacancy Type: Public


The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for the operations and service provision for the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) EGNOS and Galileo. By developing a new generation of GNSS, Europe is laying the foundation for new high-technology industry development, leading to job creation and economic growth. These European flagship space programmes, which embody what can be achieved when Europe works together, are already bringing real benefits to people and business in Europe and around the world.

The GSA’s core mission is to ensure that European citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. The Agency does this by:

  • Designing and enabling services that fully respond to user needs, while continuously improving the European GNSS services and infrastructure
  • Managing the provision of services that ensure user satisfaction in the most cost efficient manner
  • Engaging market stakeholders to develop innovative and effective applications, value-added services and user technology that promote the achievement of full European GNSS adoption
  • Ensuring that European GNSS services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible

The GSA is operated and supported by a multicultural team of professionals with interdisciplinary expertise working to ensure that the end-user is kept at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS.

Underpinning these efforts is the Human Resources Department that proactively contributes to the fulfilment of the GSA’s mission, particularly regarding all matters related to the management of the GSA’s Human Resources.

The Human Resources Department is responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and updating strategies, policies and decisions concerning: planning and budgeting, selection and recruitment, staff retention, staff administration and payroll management, learning and development, performance management administration as well as the occupational health and social welfare of staff.


Depending on the HR area of assignment, the trainee will be expected to:

  • Support the execution of HR programmes, processes, communications, and other strategic initiatives which may include:
    • Assistance with all aspects of recruitment
    • Assistance with on-boarding of new hires
    • Assistance with benefits administration as needed
    • Assistance with all employees’ HR Learning & Development events
  • Other administrative support upon need and requirements (e.g. assisting the HR team in document and file management).

The area of assignment within HR may change as required by Agency’s needs.


The traineeship is open to applicants who have not previously undertaken a traineeship at the GSA and who meet the following requirements:

  1. Nationality of any Member State of the European Union or Norway
  2. Possess or pursue a recognised higher education degree (university education or equivalent), evidencing completion of a full cycle of study, or in the case of candidates who are at the end of their studies, an official attestation from their university or school stating the marks obtained have an initial experience or specific expertise in one of the areas of work of the Agency obtained either through specialisation as part of the applicant’s studies for a university degree, a dissertation or other research project conducted as part of their studies or through professional experience or a previous traineeship or otherwise
  3. Possess a thorough knowledge of one official language of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union; one of these languages must be the working language of the Agency (English)
  4. A clean criminal record


  1. Motivation
  2. Experience of work or study in the area of Human Resources Management / Business Administration / Public Administration / EU Studies etc.
  3. Knowledge and/or experience of the workings of the EU institutions will be an asset
  4. Good knowledge of IT applications (word, excel and any other is an asset)
  5. Proactive attitude and ability to adjust to new tasks in demanding work environments
  6. Service mind-set

EFSA Traineeships Call 2019 (EFSA/NS/TR/2019/01)

Contract Type: Trainee

Location: Parma (PR)

Deadline: 01/07/19

Vacancy Type: Public

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy is opening positions for Trainees (All Units and Departments)

Deadline for applications: 1st July 2019 at midnight (local time)

Is this Traineeship for me?

 Are you a young graduate looking for a challenging experience in a stimulating, dynamic and multicultural working environment? Do you want to contribute to our effort to keep the food of more than 500m people safe?

Look no further and apply for a traineeship at EFSA! As a trainee you will have a rich first-hand experience in an EU Agency taking part in several interesting activities together with our staff and partners. Seize the opportunity for a rewarding and challenging experience!

Your key objectives

Under the supervision of your traineeship adviser within the unit of assignment, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Get a first-hand experience into the workings of a scientific EU Agency, developing new competencies and skills in line with your personal interests and professional aspirations;
  • Contribute to the overall objectives of the unit by supporting in drafting documents and reports, handling scientific and/or administrative work, searching and reviewing literature, and ensuring timely communication of outcomes;
  • Contribute to specific projects and activities with new ideas and innovative solutions;
  • Contribute to the planning and monitoring of the unit’s activities.

 Why EFSA 

You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 500 million EU citizens.

EFSA employs approximately 440 staff members and its Scientific Committee and Panels engage highly qualified and independent scientific experts. Every position within EFSA plays an important part in creating an inspirational environment in which to work and develop.

EFSA key priorities are

  • Prioritise public and stakeholder engagement in the process of scientific assessment;
  • Widen EFSA’s evidence base and maximise access to its data;
  • Build the EU’s scientific assessment capacity and knowledge community;
  • Prepare for future risk assessment challenges;
  • Create an environment and culture that reflect EFSA’s values of cooperation, innovation, openness, independence and scientific excellence.