Ecosystem and Biodiversity Portfolio Knowledge Management and Programme Support Internship

Application Deadline :12-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months full time

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.


Within UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), the Ecosystems and Biodiversity (EBD) team under the Global Environmental Finance unit is engaged in supporting developing countries to access finance from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other sources on issues relating to biodiversity and the sustainable management of natural and production landscapes and seascapes. The EBD team additionally provides support through global projects on related policy, finance and capacity development. The EBD portfolio includes over 400 national projects in over 130 countries, with oversight and technical support provided by a Senior Technical Advisor (STA) and Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs), as well as a range of global initiatives including the Biodiversity Finance Initiative and support for the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans and related national reporting.  In order to manage this large portfolio, services of an intern are sought to provide research and product development support to improve knowledge management and communication work to support the portfolio.

Support of an intern is sought to assist the EBD team in strengthening its knowledge management system to better inform ongoing and future  biodiversity and ecosystem management work by UNDP and partner agencies, providing a range of workable solutions that can be upscaled.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will provide support to EBD team’s efforts to strengthen its knowledge management system and production of a series of knowledge management and communication products.  These could include project communication pieces and “position papers” outlining strategies of the UNDP in different thematic areas of EBD work such as illicit wildlife trafficking, sustainable forest management, wetland conservation and restoration, sustainable land management, alternative livelihoods etc. 

Tasks to completed:

  • Review in detail existing EBD portfolio and “mining” of best practice case studies and lessons from individual projects;
  • Analyze critical success/non-success factors, codify and document these, while liaising with regional technical advisers, country offices and project teams as appropriate;
  • Conduct literature review on various thematic areas to ensure technical quality of knowledge management products;
  • Prepare text and photographs for the knowledge management and communication products;
  • Support compilation of communication materials, project stories, and dissemination;
  • Support annual project implementation reporting exercise;
  •   Support the ecosystems and biodiversity portfolio management in ad hoc tasks as they arise.

Institutional Arrangements

The intern will report to the Head of Ecosytem and Biodiversity within the UNDP-GEF team.  S/he will also work with regional technical advisers stationed in regional centers.

Interns’ Expenses

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern's participation in the programme must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution, or government which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.


Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.  Applicants for internships must show proof of valid medical insurance for the duty station in which they will intern.  For applicants which are neither nationals or residents of the duty station, the insurance must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which: 

  • Requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment; 
  • Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence. 

Subsequent Employment

There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.  Interns cannot apply for or be appointed to any position during the period of their internship.

Third-party claims

UNDP is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Strong organizational, analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Results driven, able to meet targets/deadlines;
  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
  • Creative thinking ability;
  • Highly organized and an ability to work independently;
  • Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Have graduated with a university degree in environmental policy, biological sciences, geography, environmental economics or related field, and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Academic and/or voluntary experience in the field of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management;
  • Developing country experience an advantage;
  • Any experience in knowledge management support work is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated research and analytic skills and ability to extract and compile information based on research undertaken as part of University coursework or outside work.


  • Written and spoken proficiency in English.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of:

  • letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • copy of his/her most recent school transcript;
  • copy of passport;
  • a copy of US Visa if the intern is not a US Citizen;
  • completed UNDP internship application form;
  • signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Proof of medical insurance.

Kindly note the above documentation is required within one week after selection.

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.

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