The World Food Programme, Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa based in Nairobi is looking for vibrant, innovative, and multi-talented students.


 An internship at WFP is a great opportunity to acquire practical work experience while contributing to the goal of reaching Zero Hunger


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, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.


WFP does not charge a  fee for any of the stages throughout the recruitment & selection process.



WFP works to save lives and change lives through the provision of food assistance and resilience-building programs. Inline with SDGs 2 & 17, WFP operations have ventured into different modalities of food transfer and capacity-strengthening to end hunger by 2030 and to revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development.
The WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization, and management support to WFP operations and activities in ten countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda.



The Environmental Unit within the RBN Administration Unit helps Country Offices mainstream environmental management across WFP operations, through the implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Current focus areas include reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing and properly managing waste, reducing water consumption, promoting sustainable procurement decisions, and increasing staff awareness around environmental management.



  • Currently enrolled with at least two years undergraduate studies completed, or recently graduated (within the last year) in Environmental/energy/water Engineering, Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, Environmental Economics, Natural Resource management, Sustainable Development, or a related field, or
  • Currently enrolled or recent graduate of an advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) highly regarded
  • Fluent in English (both oral and written) is a must; knowledge of a second UN language, preferably French, would be an asset
  • Excellent command of MS Office (especially Excel); experience with communications tools is a plus
  • Experience in google suite applications will be an asset

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


The Environmental Management intern will bring new ideas and approaches to RBN’s Environmental Unit. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Environmental Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:


Environmental Data collection and analysis
–    Contribute to regularly tracking and updating environmental data for RBN, including energy management and sustainable waste management;
–    Contribute to develop a comprehensive energy consumption analysis for RBN premises to inform priority energy efficiency/renewables interventions and fundraising for decarbonization;

–    Contribute to WFP’s annual environmental footprint reporting exercise, by liaising with Country Offices to help collect, review, analyse and report data on energy usage, water consumption and waste generation for calculating WFP’s environmental footprint.


Technical advice to COs
–    Assist the Regional Environmental Adviser and Environmental Management Assistant to research, plan and implement environmental projects (either within the context of EMS implementation or as stand-alone initiatives) to address significant environmental aspects and impacts and deliver continuous improvement in environmental performance;
–    Conduct research on appropriate, locally available and innovative sustainable energy/waste/water/procurement solutions;
–    Support country offices to identify and comply with national environmental regulations, specific requirements from donors and other stakeholder obligations.


Environmental Management System implementation
–    Contribute to the compilation and update of environmental action plans for country offices where EMS is being implemented;
–    Support the Environment unit to monitor and report implementation progress of EMS action plans.


Communications, training and awareness
–    Support to develop communications material (e.g. slide decks, fact sheets, videos, articles, guidelines, reports) with environmental content to showcase the environmental work of Country offices;
–    Contribute to the development and dissemination of awareness raising material on environmental themes and promote behavioural change
–    Participate in the development and delivery of EMS training for different levels of staff in different Country Offices within the region




  • Ability to work with multiple teams from different backgrounds and functional areas and with offices in remote locations.
  • Strong communications skills: ability to build and maintain sound working relationships with colleagues from different units
  • Team player: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  • Proactive and able to work independently in an organised way



Training components
The intern will be provided access to a series of e-learning resources on environmental sustainability at WFP/within the UN system; practical training on the principles and functioning of Environmental Management System (EMS) according to ISO 14001 and of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (the global standard for GHG reporting); exposure to professionals from several functional areas within WFP with whom the Environment team collaborates on a daily basis.


Learning Elements
The intern will gain practical experience in corporate environmental sustainability reporting and in the implementation of EMS in a large, international organization and will learn to use a series of information management and visualisation software including ARCHIBUS, Cority and Tableau. They will also gain experience in drafting technical and non-technical documents for different audiences, as well as preparing for, participating in, and documenting findings of meetings, workshops, and training sessions for a range of stakeholders.



Under the direct supervision of the Regional Environmental Officer the incumbent will be provided with close mentoring, guidance, and technical supervision. Performance planning and reviews as well as learning and development discussions will be an elemental part of the supervision. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and the assignment of a buddy/mentor, the intern will rapidly become a productive member of the team.



  • Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP depending on the duty station of assignment (i.e. Nairobi).
  • This position is not remote and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya for the entirety of the contract.
  • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas and related costs.
  • WFP will recognize candidates’ educational credentials from recognised 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.



  • The deadline for receiving applications for this position is February 01, 2023
  • Applications for this position will close at 11:59 p.m. (East African Time) on the deadline date.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • WFP embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in all ways.
  • Employment is decided on the basis of competitive selection, qualifications and merit.



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.