Intern, Learning for Nature, Global Programme on Nature for Development

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :01-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :4 to 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 to 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.


UNDP’s Global Programme on Nature for Development brings together three different initiatives -- the Equator Initiative, the National Biodiversity Initiative, and Learning for Nature under one program in order to identify, foster, showcase and celebrate nature-based solutions that help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at local, national, and international levels. The work of the Global Programme on Nature for Development contributes to UNDP's Strategic Plan 2018-2021 by charting sustainable development pathways through the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems; and by promoting inclusive and effective democratic governance in the area of natural resources.

The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The Equator Initiative seeks to:

-          Identify and recognize the success of Indigenous and local initiatives,

-          Create opportunities and platforms to share knowledge and good practice,

-          Inform policy to foster an enabling environment for Indigenous and local community action, and

-          Develop the capacity of Indigenous peoples and local communities to scale-up their impact.

The National Biodiversity Initiative supports countries to manage their ecosystems and biodiversity to improve national planning and governance of biodiversity, ecosystems, and development, and to promote resilience for sustainable development. The National Biodiversity Initiative works in three project areas to support countries in their commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity: National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) Support, National Reporting, and Capacity Building. The use of spatial data for spatial planning is an important cross-cutting theme across these project areas, including our flagship platform UN Biodiversity Lab and our work to map Essential Life Support Areas (ELSAs). The UN Biodiversity Lab, created in partnership with UN Environment and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, provides policymakers with access to 100 of the world’s best spatial datasets on nature, climate, and sustainable development for planning, monitoring, and reporting. Building on this base, our work to map ELSAs brings together the world’s best scientists and governments in 11 pilot countries to use spatial data to identify where nature-based actions to protect, manage, or restore ELSAs can deliver efficiently across national priorities for biodiversity, climate, and sustainable development.. A nascent area of work is building the spatial literacy of Indigenous peoples and local communities and ensuring their participation in spatial planning.

Knowledge Sharing is a main goal of the Equator Initiative, the National Biodiversity Initiative, and NYDF. The Equator Initiative has a large series of research papers, books, and other publications focusing on local approaches to poverty reduction and conservation, informed by community-based initiatives. 180 case studies in over 30 languages have documented the Equator Prize winners’ innovative practices that deliver the win-win-win solutions that ensure social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The National Biodiversity Initiative works with partners to share knowledge on the role of spatial data in biodiversity planning, policymaking, and reporting through story maps, blogs, Google Earth stories, articles etc.

Learning for Nature is a capacity-building offer provided by the Global Programme on Nature for Development, cutting across the three areas of work. This programme connects biodiversity policymakers, change-makers, and on-the-ground subject matter experts to facilitate the delivery of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Access to the global multi-stakeholder networks mobilized by the Equator Initiative, and the National Biodiversity Initiative allows Learning for Nature to circulate knowledge while promoting best practices. Building on our learnings on the ground, we seek synergies, build linkages, and engage thousands of course participants on their journey towards sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. Learning for Nature builds capacity to scale up efforts for nature-based sustainable development through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), webinars, self-paced e-learning modules, podcasts, and private training courses.

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Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will be home-based. The intern(s) will assist the Global Programme on Nature for Development in all aspects of the work, with specific emphasis and primary association to the project Learning for Nature -  see The successful candidate(s) will report to the manager of the Global Programme on Nature for Development. Additional supervision will be provided by the E-Learning and Capacity-Building Analyst.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • As identified by the Project Manager(s), support areas of work of the Global Programme on Nature for Development through general support, content creation, administrative support, outreach, and communications.
  • Support the production and design of a variety of e-learning assets (courses, podcasts, impact stories, Google Earth stories) and the implementation of user engagement initiatives for the Learning for Nature community.
  • Support user management of the Learning for Nature platform, including in languages (Spanish and French), where possible.
  • Support outreach efforts through newsletters and social media in several languages.
  • Support the organization of virtual events and workshops, including logistics, content preparation, translations, liaising with event partners and panelists, real-time support, and reporting.
  • Write and design reports, curate summaries for websites, support development of publications both on content and administrative aspects, including review of photo assets.
  • Support literature reviews, knowledge management, desk reviews, compilation of information, and gathering of data on topics pertinent to the Project, such as, but not limited to biodiversity and ecosystems in national, local, and international contexts, sustainable development, forest management, Indigenous peoples and local communities; social entrepreneurship and impact investing; engagement in global policy processes.
  • Support media and communications efforts, such as drafting of press releases, talking points, articles for magazines and journals, social media materials and photo stories.
  • Liaise with community based and Indigenous initiatives, governments, UN agencies, research institutes, and the private sector as needed;
  • Administrative duties, translations, and database entry as identified to ensure the smooth operation of the office.
  • Support translation of content from English to French and/or Spanish.
  • Other duties as necessary


Core competencies:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Commitment to continuous Learning

Functional competencies:

  • Effective communications and computer skills (MS Office package, Internet research);
  • Team worker who consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Detail-oriented, produces quality outputs in a timely manner when assigned a given task;
  • Ability to remain calm, in control and good humored even under tight deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience


a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)

  • Applicants to this internship must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

    (1) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher), preferably in development studies, education, environmental sciences/conservation, politics, international law, human rights, computer science, social sciences or related field

    (2) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

    (3) Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation; or

    (4) Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

b. Work Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in the fields of development and environment;
  • Strong writing and research skills required. Please upload a writing sample (recent article, paper etc.) with your application.
  • Prior experience in design or video editing is a strong asset;;
  • Prior experience producing e-learning content, curation and design of online lessons or other educational assets, video production and editing, social media management, or implementation of user engagement initiatives (online campaigns) would be a strong asset;
  • Prior experience working on one of the following topics at a conceptual level is an asset: biodiversity/climate change; education and instructional design; social entrepreneurship/impact investing; human/civil/Indigenous peoples’ rights; governance; civil society engagement.

c. Languages

  • Fluency and excellent writing ability in English is required.
  • Fluency and excellent writing ability in French is required.
  • Fluency and excellent writing ability in at least one other UN language or Portuguese is an asset, especially Spanish.
  • Knowledge of additional languages is an asset.


Please upload the following documents combined into one file as the system only accepts one attachment:

  • a resume/CV
  • cover letter/statement of interest
  • recent writing sample (article, blog, class paper etc. – please no legal writing)

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