| The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes Unit (OSZIR) in Rome, Italy is currently seeking an intern to support the development of an energy programme to support climate risk management strategies in disaster-prone settings.
The Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes Unit (OSZIR) is a unit in WFP HQ that provides guidance and support to a range of activities including household-level micro-insurance programmes, carrying out climate analyses to better understand the impact of climate risk on food security and nutrition, helping governments implement adaptation projects on the ground, as well as developing innovative climate risk management tools – programmatic and financing mechanisms. The unit also provides support to climate resilience building programming, carbon credits and fuel-efficient cook stoves. In the space of energy, WFP has launched a crucial programme on Safe Access to Fuel and Energy in Humanitarian Settings (SAFE – www.wfp.org/safe) to promote a coordinated humanitarian response to the challenges associated with the collection, supply and use of cooking fuel. SAFE interventions have commenced in Sudan and Uganda with plans to be rolled out in several countries with large displacement populations, such as Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya and Sri Lanka.
Based on the experiences made in the SAFE programme, WFP is exploring options to integrate energy issues (with a focus on renewable energy: solar, biogas, wind, micro-hydro) for various applications in food systems (including food production, processing, storage, transport) in its climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction programmes, and enable WFP country offices to engage in a structured dialogue on energy issues.
The intern will work within the OSZIR team to provide support on the review, analysis and strategic development of WFP’s energy programme.
Specific tasks will include:
1) Analyze WFP’s current engagement on energy issues, undertaking and consolidating a comprehensive review of different programme areas (including Food Assistance for Assets; Innovation; Emergency Operations)
2) Analyze the current and potential application of different renewable energy technologies in food systems and provide input to the drafting of an energy strategy for WFP
3) Follow-up with relevant partners, Country Offices and stakeholders in relation to energy related programming questions
4) Collect information on relevant programme activities from reporting processes, field implementation manuals, evaluations and impact assessments
5) Monitor and keep track of fundraising opportunities for WFP in the space of energy by developing an overview of potential donors, regular monitoring of websites, and the provision of regular updates for OSZIR, COs and donor relations focal points