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Research Intern – Disability Inclusion in Crisis Prevention, Recovery and Resilience Building
|Location :||Homebased, SWITZERLAND|
|Application Deadline :||15-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|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.
UNDP plays an important and unique role in supporting high risk countries to achieve their development goals by reducing loss to life and assets, and by strengthening long term resilience. UNDP works with governments at international, national and local levels to ensure that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is a nationally-led and owned agenda, as well as integrated into national development planning. UNDP’s work focuses on resilience building and ensuring development remains risk-informed and sustainable. To do this we assist governments in systematically and comprehensively delivering on risk-informed development through the communication, reduction and management of risk.
As a signatory of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS), and as a member of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UNDP committed itself to achieving transformative and lasting change for persons with disabilities. Having endorsed the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, making a commitment to contribute to making humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities, by lifting barriers persons with disabilities are facing in accessing relief, protection and recovery support and ensuring their participation in the development, planning and implementation of humanitarian programmes.
At the corporate level, The “Disability Inclusive Development in UNDP (2018) – Guidance and entry points” provides the overarching frame of reference on disability considerations across UNDP’s practice areas. More recently the UNDP Development Dialogue on Cutting-edge technologies for disability-inclusive early warning and preparedness has brought to the fore valuable considerations that may pave the way for a integrating disability inclusiveness into disaster risk reduction, as well as crisis prevention, response and recovery more broadly (Our crisis response must include people with disabilities (June 2021)).
Thus, the policy and programmatic framework on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction and risk-informed development is still to be developed and brought to scale. The new UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025 provides us with an opportunity to advance the corporate framing of disability issues in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While the term “disability” is not featured in the Strategic Plan, the “leaving no one behind” principle, which is one of the three systemic change directions, is providing an opportune basis for the disability inclusiveness agenda to be considered as “a rights-based approach centered on empowerment, inclusion, equity, human agency and human development”.
Duties and Responsibilities
Research on disability-inclusive crisis prevention, recovery and resilience building
Communications on disability-inclusive crisis prevention, recovery and resilience building
Support the organization of UNDP internal and external webinars on disability inclusion
Required Skills and Experience
Enrolled in a Master’s programme or equivalent in the area of: disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, disaster management, environmental management, humanitarian affairs, international development, disability inclusion topics.
Proficiency in English in both writing and speaking.
The intern will be part of UNDP’s Disaster Risk Reduction for Building Resilience Team based in Geneva. In the current context, the intern is expected to work from home, as travel may be restricted to/ from Geneva.
S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Global Disaster Preparedness Lead and under the overall strategic guidance of the Head of the Disaster Risk Reduction for Building Resilience Team.
Conditions of the Internship:
In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of the following documents upon selection:
Please combine the above into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload one document.
Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.