Intern - Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :16-Aug-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


The Asia-Pacific is the region most vulnerable to disasters in the world. During the period 1994 to 2013, 40 per cent of the world’s natural disasters occurred in Asia and the Pacific region; and in 2014 alone, this figure climbed to more than 50 per cent with some 6,000 people dead and 79.6 million people affected. To add to this, climate change poses a grave danger in the present and the future in increasing the frequency and incidences of weather-related disasters.

While disasters do not discriminate, their impact is not gender neutral. Disasters affect men and women differently. According to a recent global study by the London School of Economics, women are 14 times more likely to die or be injured in disasters due to existing gender inequalities. Systematic discrimination of women contributes not just to higher mortality rates among them but also compromises their ability to respond to disasters and overall resilience to future disasters and climate change. The review of the Hyogo Framework for Action in Asia and the Pacific (2011-2013) revealed weak progress in addressing gender equality across the Asia-Pacific. Only 14 per cent of the countries in Asia-Pacific collect sex and age disaggregated data, while only 2.4 per cent countries reported on the participation of women’s organizations in national platforms.

The Sendai Framework for Action (2015-2030) was adopted at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Japan in March 2015. The Sendai Framework states in its Guiding Principles: “A gender, age, disability and cultural perspective should be integrated in all policies and practices, and women and youth leadership should be promoted”.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Advisor, Disaster Risk Reduction, the intern will perform key tasks under this output as listed below to support the team:

  • Review existing national and local sectoral databases in select countries in the Asia-Pacific region to determine data gaps from a gender perspective;
  • In collaboration with other UN agencies, support the development of guidance and templates for collecting required data including demographic data, historical damage and loss data, vulnerability and capacity data and data required to monitor Sendai targets and DRR targets under the Sustainable Development Goals; this process will be undertaken by a team of Specialists including international consultants;
  • As required, collaborate with the UNDP Regional Gender Advisor and programme specialists in UNWOMEN and UNFPA to develop evidence based policy guidance making a business case for including gender in DRR policies, programmes and analysis;
  • As required, attend and contribute to the Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) IASC regional working group.

In addition, the intern is expected to support the implementation of the work plan of the DRR team as may be required during the internship period.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the UN’s core values;
  • Respects individual, gender and cultural differences in dealing with others;
  • Treat all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical in thinking, communicating and research;
  • Proficient in English writing and communicating;
  • Proficient in computer applications;
  • Organized and meet deadlines;
  • Able to perform multiple tasks.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) or in a final academic year of a first university degree programme in Social Sciences, Law, Political Sciences, Development Studies, Gender Studies or related fields (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent), or;
  • Graduated with a university degree are also welcome to apply and if selected, must start the internship within one year after graduation.


  • Knowledgeable about disaster management and climate change issues;
  • Aware of the UN’s work in this field.


  • Fluency in English.


  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Subsequent Employment:

  • There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.

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.

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