Intern(Disaster Management Team)

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :15-Jul-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Chinese  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :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.


Disasters impose staggering human and economic costs. In 2013 alone, disasters affected some 388 million people in China, killing nearly 1,851 people and destroying and damaging 8.55 million homes. Direct economic losses exceeded 580 billion Yuan and nearly 31 million hectares of crops were also damaged during this period.

Approximately 70% of China’s cities and half of its population are located within disaster prone areas. Meanwhile, as the frequency and intensity of disasters escalates catastrophic disasters continue to threaten the lives of millions. Many more people are also afflicted by less grievous forms of disaster – such as prolonged drought – which erode their livelihoods over longer periods of time. Crucially, this destruction often has a disproportionate impact on the poorest and most vulnerable populations including women, children, disabled and the elderly.

Viewing disasters as a fundamental threat to development, UNDP China strives to promote a more resilient form of development by strengthening national and local capacities towards disaster risk management, mainstreaming disaster risk reduction within development planning and practices. Working closely with the Government of China, UNDP is also committed to building global partnerships as it seeks to combat the complex economic, social and human security dimensions posed by disasters.


To facilitate Disaster Management Team as well as international and national consultants in summarizing programme experience and lessons learnt; to enhance knowledge building, communication and dissemination; and to explore possible future solutions for more sound disaster/crisis management in China as next steps, UNDP Disaster Management Team plans to recruit one internship to participate in the work of programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will work closely with Disaster Management Team on the following tasks:

       Programme related

  • Proofread and translate project documents, such as Annual Project Reports, Annual Work Plan, and others;
  • Assist in the organization of project activities, such as meetings, missions and so on;
  • Draft UNDP China Disaster Management newsletter (Biweekly);
  • Study on related information, materials and publications of the Disaster Management Team; contribute on the write-ups of successful stories, best practice and cases;
  • Provide supports to other communication materials, such as webpage update, compilation of publications, ICT materials, translation, and the New Year greeting card design;

Logistics related

  • Pick up letter and other documents from pigeon hole in the first floor;
  • Update contact list;
  • Once the internship finished, a handover notes will be necessary


  • Strong statistical and analytical, quantitative and qualitative research skills and writing skills.
  • Strong knowledge of results-based management
  • Excellent computer knowledge (Microsoft Office package and photoshop)
  • Excellent interactive and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment

Required Skills and Experience

  • Enrolled in a graduate-level degree programme in a development-related field such as international relations, development studies, sociology, disaster management, political sciences or environmental studies. Sound understanding of post-disaster issues with relevant experiences will be an asset
  • Excellent English and Chinese, particularly reading and writing due to translation tasks during internship period

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