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Two (2) International Internships - The GEF Small Grants Programme in Ecuador
|Location :||Quito, ECUADOR|
|Application Deadline :||09-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English Spanish|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is implemented locally by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was established in Rio de Janeiro in response to the spirit and mandate of the 1992 Earth Summit, with the aim of achieving global environmental benefits through community action and initiatives. Its focal areas are biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, prevention of land degradation, elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and conservation of international waters.
The Small Grants Programme in Ecuador has undergone a pilot phase and five operating phases, each with specific working objectives. During its 22 years of operation Ecuador’s SGP Country Programme has funded 380 communitarian projects. In 2016, SGP began its Sixth Operational Phase (OP6), which will last three years and is due to end in December 2018. OP6 was designed through participation and introduced operational changes in order to optimize the results of previous phases through innovation in intervention concepts, approaches, strategies and methodologies. During OP5 and OP6, SGP is focusing its work on biodiversity conservation. SGP’s strategic framework is “Living Well” (Buen Vivir or Sumak Kawsay), as set forth in the 2008 Constitution of Ecuador and the National Plan for Living Well (Plan Nacional para el Buen Vivir, PNBV). OP5 and OP6 move forward both from the concept of sustainable livelihoods to sustainable production landscapes, enabling community productive activities to generate ecological connectivity, and from the concept of community organization to community partnerships, in order to generate strategic alliances not only for the conservation and management of a community resource, but also for managing a larger area - the Biocorridor itself.
The Ecuador SGP Country Program, during its OP6, will consolidate a very innovative approach implemented in OP5. The key innovation is the adoption of a landscape approach based on three elements: ecological connectivity, sustainability of production landscapes and social partnership. While the landscape approach is not new, the way in which it is implemented has achieved important results. Using the knowledge and experience gained from participation in landscape level initiatives– among them COMDEKS and the SGP Ecuador’s own landscape approach launched in GEF 5 – this project will strengthen participation of community organizations to enhance their participation in land-scape planning and management processes and, building on experience and lessons learned from previous SGP operational phases, assist community organizations to carry out and coordinate projects in pursuit of outcomes they have identified in landscape plans and strategies. This will build community ownership of individual initiatives as well as landscape management overall.
Coordinated community projects in the landscape will generate ecological, economic and social synergies that will produce greater and potentially longer-lasting global environmental benefits, as well as increased social capital and local sustainable development benefits. The capacities of community organizations will be strengthened through a learning-by-doing approach in which the project itself is a vehicle for acquiring practical knowledge and organizational skills as part of a longer-term adaptive management process. The project will also take prior years’ experience and identify and implement a number of potential upscaling opportunities during this project’s lifetime.
SGP Ecuador web site:
SGP Ecuador (English):
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of SGP National Coordinator, the International Intern will undertake the following tasks:
Required Skills and Experience
Learning and development are a central part of the assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the intern’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the intern’s motivation high.
Learning elements for the intern include the development of:
Internships within the UN system are unpaid and subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with prior to signing his/her internship agreement.The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.
The application should contain:
Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Candidates who are selected must submit prior to the interview the following documents:
UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.
There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador. It is located in the Pichincha province in the Sierra Region, at 2800 meters above sea level. As a city located in the Andes, Quito enjoys a temperate climate during the all year, which has brought Quito to be nicknamed as the city of the eternal spring. Quito offers good quality of life through access to shopping, good medical services, banks and cultural events, among others. Thanks to its mega diversity, both in its cultural, geographical and environmental dimensions, Ecuador attracts a lot of tourism.
Visits to communitarian projects in other provinces (rural areas) are required.
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.