Practical Action Energy Internship Opportunity in Kenya


Practical Action

Energy Internship Opportunity (6 months)

Practical Action is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better.

Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions – transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.

Our Vision: Our vision is for a world where all people have access to the technologies that enable them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential, in a way that safeguards the planet today, and for future generations.

Our Beliefs

We believe that:

  • Technology is a key enabler of human development; and that technological innovation has the power to propel us into a better world.
  • All people should have access to, and a voice in, shaping the technologies that can improve their lives.
  • A sustainable future for our planet requires a fundamental shift in the way technology is developed and used.

Our Mission: To develop and demonstrate practical, technology based solutions that enable women and men living in or vulnerable to poverty, to lead dignified lives. To partner with people whose lives are transformed by these efforts and with a range of other organisations, ensuring local ownership and that the solutions work in the longer term without us. To inspire change through the widespread adoption of sustainable technologies that work – socially, economically and environmentally, so that more people living in, or vulnerable to, poverty benefit from our learning.

Our Ambition and About Us: Our ambition is that by 2030 we will have transformed the way technology is used to improve the lives of people living in, or vulnerable to, poverty.

About the Role

We are looking for a qualified graduate intern to join our energy team. S/He should be prepared to work in a fast paced team environment and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of energy and community development.

Specifically, the intern will be tasked with supporting an ongoing study on current status of clean and efficient cooking (stoves and fuels) adoption and market trends and a private sector energy actor mapping exercise.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to ensure timely projects delivery and implementation in line with the approved work plan(s) .
  • Undertake data collection exercises as directed and provide a critical and analytical review of data and documents from the research organization to asses and ascertain quality and adherence to agreed scope, methodology and deliverables.
  • Participate in monthly meetings to discuss and present progress updates.
  • Conduct desktop research on prospective donors, private sector and clients including newspapers and magazine review of opportunities
  • Assist in the preparation and submission of Expression of Interest (EOIs) and proposals
  • Supporting the preparation of knowledge products such as case studies, leaflets and technical fact sheets
  • Participate in team meetings as required
  • Undertake any other relevant duties assigned from time to time by the line manager.


  • A graduate in Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Climate change, Business Development or other relevant fields.
  • Those with post graduate qualifications may also be considered.
  • This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Kiswahili, with the ability to conduct research and analysis as well as stakeholder engagement.
  • Some experience working in a similar role will be considered as an added advantage when choosing the best applicant for this internship position. PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is required.

How to Apply

If you have the experience, skills and the ability we are looking for and you have interest in creating a career in energy sector, please send your application letter and updated CV to Practical Action, Eastern Africa Regional Office by email: no later than 13th December 2018.

Indicate “Energy Internship” on the email subject

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi County

Environment and Natural Resources, Engineering and Technical, Interns and Trainees
Updated: December 9, 2018 — 8:43 am