Partnerships Intern - Climate financing, San Salvador, El Salvador

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: El Salvador

City: San Salvador, El Salvador

Office: WFP in San Salvador, El Salvador

Closing date: Friday, 4 September 2020



Job Title: Partnerships Intern - Climate financing

Contract Type: Intern

Monthly Stipend: US$700.00

Duration: 3 Months, with possibility to extend 5 additional months

Duty Station: El Salvador/San Salvador.

ABOUT WFP: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is dual-mandated. It is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and it supports social and economic development to ensure long-term food security. Since the last decade the international community is increasingly vocal about the need to grow investment in strengthening national capacities and engagement as the only way to address fragility and build resilience to render manageable the impacts of humanitarian crises. In response, WFP is deepening its engagement in the development sphere, notably around social protection, local and national capacity strengthening, and resilience building in fragile communities and contexts.

WFP attention has also turned to how funding and financing mechanisms may need to be adjusted to build the local and national systems needed to end crises, rather than simply alleviating short term needs with humanitarian support.

COUNTRY CONTEXT : El Salvador is part of the ‚Dry Corridor of Central America‘, one of the areas of the world most prone to the impacts of climate change. The country is also exposed to extreme gang dynamics and consequent high violence in the form of extortions and homicides. Both, climate change and gang dynamics, are drivers of food insecurity and unemployment, and the combination of all four are among the principal causes of internal and external migration.

From 2012 to 2015 the country suffered four consecutive droughts that generated agricultural losses up to USD 218.8 million. In 2018 El Salvador experienced the longest dry period over the last 48 years and this occurred at the most critical phase of the first crop cycle. This was followed by extremely heavy rains during the second and last crop cycle that further exacerbated the situation. Such challenges posed by this climate variability coupled with existing deep rural poverty, subsistence agricultural livelihoods and youth unemployment is decreasing people’s resilience to future shocks and stressors.

The civil war in El Salvador formally ended in 1992 but violence did not. In 2015 El Salvador reported the highest homicide rates in the world, at 103/100,000, this compared to a global average of just over 5/100,000 that same year. Between 2014 and 2017, an estimated 20,000 Salvadorans were killed, with the majority of these attributed to gangs.

This complex situation has important implications for food insecurity. Many livelihoods are being destroyed by gang violence or climatic shocks, with poor urban and rural marginalized communities particularly prone to experiencing hunger. Many choose to migrate but can then become indebted to people smugglers, with many forced to leave their property as a security deposit. If migration is unsuccessful or there is a loss of life in the attempt to emigrate, the entire family can be made landless and homeless, with potential exploitation of the family members who stayed behind, especially if they are women and children. Families who are fortunate enough to receive remittances in their communities are often threatened.

This year, amidst a country lockdown due to COVID-19, Tropical Storm Amanda hit El Salvador on May 31st causing considerable damages to main roads and infrastructure nationwide. The deterioration caused by Tropical Storm Amanda combined with the on-going impact the COVID-19 emergency and the pre-existing effects of climate shocks, poverty and violence, has generated a double humanitarian crisis, exacerbating the severe food insecurity situation of tens of thousands of vulnerable families, while increasing the number of families already in food insecurity and dire conditions. The country was already suffering a disruption of economic activities, inflation of food prices and significant reduction in remittances, meanwhile reaching almost three-months of lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Internship purpose: To support the resources mobilization processes in the area of climate financing.

Under the supervision of the Climate Financing Partnership Officer the candidate will perform the following duties :

Support the design and formulation of climate financing proposals (e.g. Adaptation Fund, IKI and Green Climate Fund).

Support the design and formulation of the climate financing theory of change for Central America.

Support the Country Office in partnering with other relevant stakeholders regarding climate change adaptation and resilience.

Assist in the design and implementation of strategies and materials to generate greater awareness, understanding and support for WFP’s commitments among relevant partners and stakeholders.

Solicit inputs, including operational updates, from other WFP entities to inform partner audiences on WFP’s programmatic offering; Draft quality briefs and proactively highlight strategic issues to senior staff to inform best course of action and nurture partnership growth.

Support the implementation of innovative tools for climate change adaptation and their integration into WFP’s Food Assistance.

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Other as required.

The candidate should bring the following minimum qualifications :

Teamwork: Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals

Planning and Organizing: Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and ability to work independently under minimum supervision

Motivation and commitment to work in humanitarian affairs, particularly related to food security and nutrition

Education: Being currently enrolled in or having graduated during the last 12 months period from a first university degree programme in International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Environmental Science or other relevant field, and/or training/courses.

Language: Good knowledge of written and spoken English (level C) and Spanish (native language)

Desirable qualifications :

Previous experience in Climate Change Adaptation related fields or project design and formulation.

Other Conditions:

To qualify as a WFP intern, it is not allowed to be a son, daughter, brother or sister of a WFP staff member.

Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

Last date to apply: September 4th, 2020.