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  • Women in Nepal

    Fuel and Firewood Initiative Intern, Summer 2012

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    BACKGROUND: Since 1989, the Women’s Refugee Commission has advocated vigorously for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and displaced women, children and young people—bringing about lasting, measurable change.

    ABOUT THE FUEL AND FIREWOOD INITIATIVE: Displaced people living in camps are provided with the bare essentials for survival—basic shelter, food and water. The food distributed by humanitarian agencies, typically dried beans, rice or whole grains, must be cooked before it can be eaten. However, cooking fuel is generally not provided. As a result, displaced women and girls must regularly find firewood to cook food for their families, or to sell to make a meager income. Each time they leave the relative safety of the camp to search for firewood, they risk being raped, beaten, even killed. The longer a camp exists, the farther refugees must travel to gather wood, increasing the risk of attack. Firewood collection also causes environmental degradation and burning wood indoors releases toxic smoke, causing respiratory infections that kill more people every year than malaria.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission launched its Fuel and Firewood Initiative in 2005 to address this multi-sectoral problem, working with our partners in the InterAgency Standing Committee Task Force on Safe Access to Firewood and alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (IASC Task Force SAFE). Having disseminated global guidance documents since 2009, we have now begun facilitating implementation of a multi-year SAFE pilot program in the Great Lakes region of Africa. A key objective of this internship will be to assist the Senior Program Officer, Fuel & Firewood Initiative, and the DRC-based SAFE Project Coordinator with baseline research on protection, environment and energy-related issues in the Great Lakes region of Africa, to inform project design and development.

    ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: This unpaid internship is suited to students of international affairs, international development, public policy, global public health or other similar fields with the desire to obtain experience in a professional humanitarian advocacy organization. It will provide the opportunity to work closely on protection, environment and energy-related policy issues, attend internal organizational presentations and contribute to the long-term objectives of the Fuel and Firewood Initiative. The Fuel and Firewood initiative will make every attempt to respond to the relevant interests and educational goals of the intern.

     

    SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES:

    • Conduct desk research on protection, environment, health and other relevant issues as well as potential local partners in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and broader Great Lakes region of Africa, in support of a larger Fuel & Firewood Initiative pilot project in DRC/Uganda;
    • Conduct research on new technical content for the International Network on Household Energy in Humanitarian Settings (the “Fuel Network,” www.fuelnetwork.org); respond to Fuel Network member inquires as needed;
    • Manage survey of IASC Task Force SAFE output dissemination, citation and use; assist with ongoing dissemination process and workshop follow-up as needed;
    • Monitor and periodically report to WRC’s emergency response team on key developments in emerging humanitarian crises;
    • Attend relevant meetings and conferences;
    • Other tasks as required.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Masters degree or Master’s candidate;
    • Excellent research, data collection, analysis and writing skills;
    • Previous professional and/or academic experience in humanitarian/public policy, household energy and/or international development required;
    • Knowledge of the UN humanitarian system strongly preferred;
    • Excellent computer skills, including internet research, Microsoft Word and Excel;
    • HTML skills a plus;
    • French language ability a strong plus.

     

    Reports to:                  Program Officer, Reproductive Health Program, Women’s Refugee Commission

    Position:                      Fuel and Firewood Intern, Summer 2012

    Location:                     New York, NY

    Timeframe:                  May 2012 – August 2012 (start & end dates negotiable)

    Deadline to Apply:       April 15, 2012

     

    To apply please visit

    http://tbe.taleo.net/NA2/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=7931

    For more information on our Fuel and Firewood Initiative,
    please visit http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/firewood and www.fuelnetwork.org