GCF2 Project - National Intern

Location : Hanoi, VIET NAM
Application Deadline :07-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Corporate Background

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.


Project Background

Viet Nam is particularly vulnerable to climate change and already impacted by more irregular and intense climate variability and change. Two of the regions most vulnerable to droughts-exacerbated by climate change affecting smallholder farmers are the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast. Changes in precipitation are leading to increasing deficits in surface and ground water availability for agricultural production with longer periods of severe water scarcity during the dry season and increased frequency and intensity of droughts. Overall agricultural productivity is falling, with corresponding declines in yields and incomes particularly harmful to small-scale farmers vulnerable to reduced water availability on rain fed lands and within this group, poor and near-poor, ethnic minority and women farmers.

UNDP is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI, as the GCF National Designated Authority), and the five participating provinces of Dak Lak, Dak, Nong, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, and Khanh Hoa to implement the GCF-financed project “Strengthening the resilience of smallholder agriculture to climate change-induced water insecurity in the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast regions of Vietnam” (herein after referred to as “the GFC2 Project”).

The objective of this project is to empower vulnerable smallholders in five provinces of the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast regions of Vietnam – particularly women and ethnic minority farmers – to manage increasing climate risks to agricultural production. To achieve its objective, the project will enable smallholder farmers to adapt to climate-driven rainfall variability and drought through implementation of two linked Outputs integrating GCF and co-financing resources from the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Vietnam:

  1. improved access to water for vulnerable smallholder farmers for climate-resilient agricultural production in the face of climate-induced rainfall variability and droughts, and
  2. strengthened capacities of smallholder farmers to apply climate and market information, technologies, and practices for climate-resilient water and agricultural management.

The project was developed as part of an integrated programme funded through multiple sources, as envisaged by the Government of Vietnam (GoV), that was aimed at enhancing water security and building the climate change resilience of the agriculture sector focusing on Vietnam’s Central Highland and South-Central Coastal Regions. In alignment with this programme, the project will enable the GoV to adopt a paradigm shift in the way smallholder agricultural development is envisioned and supported through an integrated approach to agricultural resilience starting with planning for climate risks based on identification and analysis of agroecosystem vulnerabilities; enhancing water security and guaranteeing access; scaling up adoption and application of climate-resilient agricultural practices and cropping systems; and creating partnerships among value chain stakeholders to ensure access to market and credit. This approach directly addresses climate risks while also establishing or strengthening institutional capacities for long-term multi-stakeholder support to vulnerable smallholders. 

Duties and Responsibilities


Overall, the National Intern is expected to support the GCF2 project team with the successful implementation of the abovementioned project through effective administrative and communication support to UNDP.

In return, UNDP will provide the intern with hands-on involvement in development work, exposure to the working environment of a multilateral organization, and a better understanding of UNDP Vietnam’s goals and activities.


Scope of Work

The National Intern will be working in close coordination with UNDP/project staff, including but not limited to the UNDP Programme Officer, local and international consultants.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

1. Providing support in organizating meetings and events including conferences, workshops, webinars, and study visits, including interpreting, notes, coordination with co- organizers for supporting logistical & travel arrangements, and substantive preparations along with note and photo-taking and technical support including at webinars (especially during COVID-19, since some of these meetings may be online). Specifically, providing support to the organization of national workshop(s) and/or forum(s) in collaboration with project partners for ensuring the smoothness of the meeting/events;

2. Translating publications, papers, web content, and other materials from English to Vietnamese and vice-versa;

3. Supporting administrative and communications tasks as necessary in day-to-day office operations;

4. Supporting some stages of procurement process (contact vendors for quotation of small value procurement); 

5. Joining and supporting assignment and mission of the GCF 2 project’s various consultant teams, including following up on activities;

6. Liaising with partners on various aspects of programme implementation;

7. Supporting communications and advocacy infrastructure (website, social media channels, media presence, public outreach) to ensure effective advocacy on the main areas of work of the project as relate to community-based disaster risk reduction and related topics; and

8. Other tasks, as requested and guided by GCF2 Project Management Specialist.


UNDP is seeking candidates with the following personal qualities:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Good writing and oral presentation skills;
  • Initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development, particularly in the area of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation;
  • Demonstrated research and analytical capacity;
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience

The candidate is expected to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in international development, disaster risk management, environment and natural resources, climate change, or related field.
  • A minimum of 01 year of experience in project management. Previous experience with UN agencies is an asset.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of climate change, environmental protection, and related topics; relevant knowledge and/or experience in Viet Nam or the ASEAN region is an asset.
  • Demonstrable track record of experience volunteering or working with NGOs/CSOs.
  • Fluency in both English and Vietnamese, written and spoken, is required.

o     Note: 02 brief writing samples, 01 in English and 01 in Vietnamese, must be submitted along with the application demonstrating the candidate’s writing ability (max. 300 words each).

  • Strong computer literacy and proficiency in basic Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.) is required; proficiency in design software is an asset.

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