UNDP has been supporting the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change in meeting its national and international environmental priorities and commitments. These include close to 40 projects in areas of biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource management, climate change and chemical management. UNDP’s support focuses on technical and policy advisory, institutional strengthening and building capacities of various stakeholders to utilize natural resources in a sustainable way, while increasing resilience to climate variability and associated risks and impacts.
UNDP supports Green Climate Fund (GCF) financed project “Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Communities” (PIMS 5991 /GCF FP084) implemented through the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC), central ministries and the nodal departments of the target state governments. The project is implemented in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra, to enhance the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change through ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA)
UNDP seeks to engage an Environment Management Intern to provide overall support towards implementation of the project, through monitoring and reporting of the project activities in the target landscapes. The Intern will report to the National Project Coordinator (NPC), GCF Coastal Project – India, and shall be closely working with the other National Project Management Unit (NPMU) staff members.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance National Project Coordinator (NPC), GCF Coastal Project – India, the intern is expected to:
- Support the project team in undertaking monitoring and reporting project implementation activities, developing concept notes and communication materials towards the implementation of the project.
- Participate in and contribute to preparation, conduct and follow-up of meetings, workshops and consultations as needed by engaging with relevant stakeholders including governments, communities, and donors.
- Ensure documentation of agendas and minutes of key workshops and consultation meetings.
- Assist in the collection and review of relevant information required towards enhancing climate resilience of India’s coastal communities.
- Provide support towards implementation of events and campaigns and contribute to the tasks under the upcoming CBD COP.
- Contribute towards furthering the priorities of UNDP and Government of India towards international commitments such as UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD within the purview of the project
- Any other tasks and responsibilities related to the project assigned by the National Project Coordinator (NPC), GCF Coastal Project – India.
- Experience in research and documentation on environment and conservation issues.
- Basic experience in partnerships with private and/or government sector on environment issues.
- Basic understanding of issues pertaining to natural resource management, ecosystem restoration, climate change and biodiversity conservation
- Good team player and ability to adapt to change in work environment
- Strong sense of collaborative work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Keen attention to detail;
- Excellent designing skills;
- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
- Is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda
- Fluency in English, while understanding of Telugu/Odia/Marathi is desirable
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP internship program must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree/diploma program in environment science, natural resources management, wetlands management, marine sciences, biodiversity conservation, climate science and policy, sustainable development, or a related field;
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a relevant first university degree program (such as master’s degree or equivalent);
(c) 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.
Application procedure: The application should contain:
- The completed “Application Form” provided in the link, which requires names of 3 referees.
- Current and complete CV in English.
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Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents, upon selection:
- Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in their postgraduate-level degree program;
- 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.
IMPORTANT: Family relationships are required to be disclosed in order to avoid real or perceived family influence or conflict of interest, within UNDP. If the candidate/ hiring manager has not disclosed that he/she was related to an individual employed by UNDP in whatever contractual modality and irrespective of the nature of the family relationship, this may constitute a basis for withdrawing the offer of internship or, if the internship has started, to terminate it without notice or indemnity.
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.
All selected candidates will be required to undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination.