Emergency Preparedness & Response Intern

at World Food Programme (WFP)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted March 26, 2020
Category Internship Opportunity
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day


Emergency Preparedness & Response Intern


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

The Regional Bureau in Nairobi (RBN) provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to WFP operations and activities in nine countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.


Emergency preparedness and response
Contextual risk analysis
Disaster risk management
Capacity strengthening and development
Protection Integration and Accountability to Affected Populations

Job Responsibilities

Act as the Focal Point for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Package (EPRP) for the Bureau. Key tasks include following up with Country Offices to update the Checklists (MPAs, ERAs) Contingency Plans, and the Risk Register.

Work with the EPR team at the regional Bureau to support the capacity strengthening of Country Offices to effectively implement Emergency Preparedness and Response activities, as well as the EPRP tool, by regularly disseminating relevant information.

In collaboration with all Regional Bureau units and Country Offices, assist the EPR team with the establishment of an operational plan to respond to crisis in the region, through the reviewing of Concept of Operations and IR-PREPs etc.

Produce and contribute to the preparation of briefs, presentations and reports on the regional Emergency Preparedness and Response activities.

Conduct desk research, reviews and analyses of key documents relating to Emergency Preparedness activities and the Emergency Response to the crises in the East Africa region.

Support in the synthesis and production of regional contextual risks in the East and Central Africa region. Also support in the identification of risks and mitigating measures internal to our operations, including those related to protection, accountability, and data protection and privacy.

Education Requirements

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 a university undergraduate or graduate programme within the last 6 months preferably in Social Sciences, Disaster Management, Agriculture, Range Management, Development Studies, Environmental Science, or other related field.


Fluent in English (both oral and written) is a must; knowledge of a second UN language, preferably French, would be an asset
Full proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
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