Intern on Climate Policy

Location : Home Based, TURKEY
Application Deadline :02-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months

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.


The EU4Climate Project helps governments in the six EU Eastern Partner countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine - to take action against climate change. It supports countries in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and improving climate policies and legislation. Its ambition is to limit climate change impact on citizens lives and make them more resilient to it. EU4Climate is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The objective of the project is to support the development and implementation of climate-related policies by the Eastern Partnership countries that contribute to their low emission and climate resilient development and their commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It identifies key actions and results in line with the Paris Agreement, the "20 Deliverables for 2020”, and the key global policy goals set by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The project will also translate into action priorities outlined in the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Climate Change of October 2016.

The following results will be achieved by the Project: (i) Finalized/up-dated nationally determined contributions and national mid-century strategies and communicated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), (ii) Improved inter-institutional awareness and coordination at political and technical level of the Paris Agreement and the corresponding national commitments, (iii) Established or strengthened measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, with countries getting on track with Paris Agreement transparency requirements, (iv) Establishment of concrete sectoral guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in each of the Eastern Partners, especially in the field of energy (v) Advanced alignment with EU acquis as provided by bilateral agreements with EU and in the context of the Energy Community Treaty, (vi) Increased mobilization of climate finance, and (vii) Enhanced adaptation planning.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Intern will contribute to effective planning, preparation, delivery and reporting of the key regional events planned during 2021-2022 by the EU4Climate project. The intern will further contribute to developing and publication of the project’s communication products, such as the website, quarterly newsletters, country profiles, photo and video stories. Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the Consultant is expected to contribute to the following project outputs:

  • Implementation and update of the Nationally Determined Contributions
  • Development of mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies;
  • Mainstreaming climate in other policy sectors
  • Climate Investment
  • Communications


The Intern will be responsible for developing the program of the regional events under the overall supervision of the Project Manager and in coordination with the UNDP National Coordination Officers and Communications Officers in the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine). The Intern, in coordination with the Project’s Regional Associate, will be responsible for logistical support of events, including venue selection, organizing interpretation, catering services and other services that may be needed for conducting the event.  He/she will also be responsible for developing event minutes and contributing to event reports. Further the Intern is expected to contribute to developing key communication products of the EU4Climate project.

A summary of the key outputs is provided below:

1. Contribute to regional climate policy events

  • Contribute to developing agenda of the events, including searching for potential speakers, review of recent studies relevant to the event’s topic;
  • Prepare handout materials when necessary (Country profiles, EU4Climate booklets, other handouts as may be necessary);
  • Prepare event’s evaluation form to be filled by the event’s participants;
  • Contribute to preparing a press release describing key outcomes of the event;
  • Send invitations to the speakers, identified when developing the event’s agenda and approved by the Project Manager;
  • Prepare signup sheets and collect signatures from participants and speakers of the event;
  • Keep notes of all sessions (presentations, discussion, exercises) during the event;
  • Collect feedback from the event participants using the feedback forms;
  • Contribute to developing the event’s report with the following inputs: list of the participants and speakers, summary of the presentations and discussions (1-2 pages), summary (1-3 paragraphs) of each session during the event, summary of the feedback received.

2. Contribute to developing the communication products

  • Contribute to preparation of communication materials - press releases, newsletters, thematic stories. Assist with internet research on the requested topics, search for illustrations, preparing layouts;
  • Uploading the developed materials (articles, press releases, videos) to the website;
  • Assist with collecting, organising, properly filing and storing the communication materials;
  • Developing infographics, image and video editing.



  • Good communication and time management skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience


(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in environmental science, energy policy or relevant field;

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, energy policy or relevant field;

(c) Have recently graduated with a university degree in environmental science, energy policy or relevant field; (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;


Relevant professional experience in environmental policy, energy policy and/or climate change would be a strong advantage;

Particularly knowledge of policies aimed at climate change mitigation and adaptation would be a strong advantage;

Language skills:

Fluency in written and spoken English is required for this assignment. Knowledge of Russian is an asset

Financial Issues

Internships within the UN system are subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with before signing his/her internship agreement. 

Starting from January 2020 interns may receive stipends according to UN rules and regulations. Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.

Any further costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs. 

Application procedure

The application should contain:

Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;

Current and complete CV in English;

Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

Official document(s) confirming your education status stated in Section 4;

Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.


UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance.

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. It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance.

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