Location : home-based
Application Deadline :08-Feb-13
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months (part-time)


UNDP recognizes that the growing risks and impacts of climate change and the accompanying loss of ecosystem services requires the world to urgently invest in a new green development paradigm. Based in UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy and its Environment and Energy Group, the UNDP-Global Environment Facility (GEF) unit helps developing countries make green, low-emission and climate-resilient development not only possible, but also economically attractive. To achieve this, it works closely with UNDP Country Offices to help countries develop and implement programmes and projects which advance their capacity to put in place the right mix of regulatory and financial incentives, remove institutional and policy barriers, and create enabling environments that attract and drive private sector investment into green development.

The strategic objective of the Green, Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development Strategies (Green LECRDS) team is to support countries to attract and direct public and private investment towards catalyzing and supporting sustainable economic growth through, for example, long-term integrated planning and visual mapping, public private partnerships for innovative financing and technology, hazard and climate resilient building and infrastructure and communities based adaptation.  The Green LECRDS team manages UNDP-supported initiatives in countries financed by the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund, Adaptation Fund (AF), bilateral, and other sources of financing.  The intern will work closely with the Green LECRDS team to further develop knowledge platforms and products which capture and share lessons learned and best practices from these country-led initiatives. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Intern will primarily be involved in the content building of the UNDP Adaptation Learning Mechanism (UNDP-ALM) platform and development of various knowledge products. S/he will report directly to the Principal Policy and Technical Advisor (PPTA) of the Green LECRDS team, and will work closely with the team’s Senior Technical Advisor on Adaptation and Results and Knowledge Specialist. Under guidance by the PPTA and Green LECRDS team, the main tasks of the Intern include the following:

  • Maintain, add, and update content to the UNDP-ALM platform and promote its use and implementation, particularly the stimulation of exchange of information and experiences within and among the various user groups;
  • Prepare draft communications to send to users of the UNDP-ALM platform, including how to access and upload resources
  • Assist in the preparation of training materials for UNDP-ALM users;
  • Assist in ensuring the resource library is populated with high-quality content in multiple languages and that updates are disseminated to site visitors;
  • Support the development of content management procedures for UNDP-ALM to ensure users can easily load and search for content;
  • Conduct research on and create Project Briefs for various projects under the Green LECRDS portfolio
  • Assist with development of various knowledge products for the Green LECRDS portfolio, including but not limited to, Projects Briefs, Case Studies, Newsletters, etc.
  • Assist with social media outreach and information dissemination-related activities
  • Other tasks as agreed beforehand with the supervisor


  • Results driven, able to meet targets/deadlines;
  • Strong communication and research skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Current enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in environmental studies or related fields;
  • Excellent computer literacy skills; 
  • Ability to write leaflets, brochures, newsletters, as needed; 
  • Good knowledge of climate change and development.

Language Requirements:

  • Written and spoken proficiency in English.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of:

  • a copy of his/her most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • a duly completed “UNDP internship application form” (to be provided upon selection);
  • a letter from his/her University confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • a copy of his/her school transcript;
  • copy of his/her insurance coverage
  • a letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the applicant in the recent past and who is fully acquainted you performance; and
  • a brief paper setting out the reasons why s/he is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience.

Interns’ Expenses:
Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern's participation in the Programme must be borne by:

  • the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or
  • the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.


UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, they should not travel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNDP.

Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work. It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which:

  • requires transportation to the Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; or
  • results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Home Country, or Country of Residence.
Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.  Should an offer of employment be envisaged, a 3-month break, from the end of the internship, must be respected. Interns cannot apply for posts during the period of internship.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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