Gender and Livelihoods Intern: Nairobi, Kenya


CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on rights programming, gender equality, and women and girls. CARE works in a variety of contexts from protracted crises to stable development settings, as well as contexts in the nexus between these two types, and recognizes that the underlying drivers of food and nutrition insecurity are poverty, gender inequity, non-inclusive governance, poor adaptation to climate change and the inability to manage other economic and political shocks and stresses.

As part of its commitment to realizing CARE’s 2030 vision, the Food and Water Systems team, within the Program Strategy and Impact Innovation (PSI) team in CARE USA, leads CARE's work globally in ensuring fulfillment of the right to adequate and nutritious foods and clean water for all by promoting sustainable, productive, equitable and resilient food and water systems, while ensuring equitable, livable incomes and dignified livelihoods. Through the Gender, Youth and Livelihood (GYL) team, the FWS leads the support efforts on gender and livelihoods across programs and targeted countries and coordinates technical support to both CARE and partner organisations, including the UN on gender, youth and livelihoods.

The proposed internship with Penn State University is aimed at providing opportunity for students to practically learn on Gender Transformative Approaches in agriculture, but also learn effective provision of technical support, guidance, and mentorship on gender transformative approaches to different programs in Southern/East Africa (country TBD)

Location of work: Nairobi, Kenya

Job description:

  • Support in organizing and follow up on meetings with Senior Technical Advisors (Gender and Resilience), and program gender staff to understand implementation status of gender integration activities. This includes meetings with women and farmers to support program activities.
  • Support planning and coordination of regular review meetings involving program gender advisors and any necessary cross-cutting staff to understand and document technical progress, support needs, gaps and opportunities for support.
  • Support facilitation activities for gender integration across the Agriculture and Food systems program management cycle to ensure gender transformative results including using the CARE gender marker.
  • Support documentation and sharing of any emerging learning on gender integration, to contribute to knowledge management and learning, even from other parts of the organizations and sectors.
  • The intern will be expected to participate to participate in weekly check-ins, staff meetings, sub-committees and trainings, as needed. S/He/ They will assist in following up on technical collaboration meetings including gender Technical Working Groups as guided and supported by the supervisor.


  • Pursuing a Master's degree or undergraduate major in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Some background or experience in international development or related areas, such as women's/ gender studies, economics, agribusiness development, anthropology, sociology, or another related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse teams and effectively communicate new or sensitive topics.
  • Strong interest to gain overseas work experience, and support gender transformative programming and women's empowerment in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills, particularly communication and presentation skills for diverse audiences including conducting training events for adults and professionals.
  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet software, and data processing


  • This is open to master's candidates and undergraduates.
  • Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State

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Apply here by October 27th at 12 pm

Ag Sciences Global


106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Ag Sciences Global


106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802