Intern, Food Initiative, Africa Regional Office

Job Description

The East Africa Food Initiative team is offering an internship for Kenya-based candidates who combine solid academic credentials with curiosity, creativity, and passion for social impact. We value our Interns and want to invest in and mentor future leaders who will grow personally and professionally and create impact in the philanthropic sector. As an Intern at The Rockefeller Foundation, you will have the chance to contribute to our initiatives through engaging on meaningful work assignments. Please note this position is open for current graduate students only. Cover letter required.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

The Intern will learn how to develop innovative solutions to improve nutrition security in resource-poor settings through cross-sector and multidisciplinary approaches involving nutrition, renewable energy, agriculture, business, environmental science, information technology, data science, and other fields. Specifically, the intern will:

Support the Foundation’s work of advancing a more nourishing and sustainable food system with innovative breakthroughs in science, technology, and cross-sector engagement.
Review and synthesize literature in nutrition, Ag-energy nexus, agribusiness value chains, supply chain innovations to inform decision making.
Assist the Food team in the design, implementation, and on-going management of the Foundation’s new programs and further engagement with grantees and partners.
Provide technical support to initiative staff, grantees and partners in Monitoring Evaluation, Research & Learning.
Capture notes and clear next steps during Food team’s engagement with partners in the areas of food system transformation, energy access and poverty reduction.
Participate in field visits to current and prospective grantees and synthesize field trip reports.
Assist in any other roles as assigned by the Foundation.

Education, Experience and Skills

Currently enrolled in a graduate program in one of the following areas: global health, nutrition, epidemiology, agricultural economics, business, entrepreneurship, environmental science, or related fields.
Interest or experience working in the nonprofit sector.
Strong research and analytical capabilities; able to think strategically about opportunities to advance The Foundation’s policy and advocacy work around energy access and poverty reduction.
Strong writing and editing skills in technical and scientific areas; strong attention to details.
Dexterity with large data sets and capabilities to interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
Collaborative, innovative, eager to learn, and interested in how the Foundations create and execute strategies working alongside partners.
Must be a proactive self-starter.
Able to multi-task and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
Must be authorized to work in Kenya.
A team player with self-drive in providing solutions to demanding tasks with tight deadlines.
A strategic problem-solver, capable of steering cross-functional collaborations and producing high-quality deliverables.
Strong communication skills.


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About Rockefeller Foundation

About Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation has a unique opportunity to play a central role in fixing food loss-an eminently fixable problem. Just as we deployed resources to increase production when there simply was not enough food to feed humanity, we now have an opportunity-and an imperative-to ensure that the food that is grown is consumed. This is why the Rockefeller Foundation launched the YieldWise Initiative in January 2016.