Intern - GEF

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :03-Jan-19 (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



UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is an Implementing Agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an Accredited Entity to the Green Climate Fund, and Multilateral Implementing Entity to the Adaptation Fund. UNDP’s Global Environmental Finance Unit supports developing countries in accessing funding from these vertical funds to finance activities that enhance their efforts to address climate change. It provides countries with highly specialized technical services for eligibility assessment, project design and formulation, identification and mobilization of project co-financing, project implementation management, project results management and evaluation, and knowledge management. UNDP staff support countries in identifying, designing and implementing financing mechanisms that can support and catalyze investments for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of the internship is to provide research analysis support for a variety of tasks targeting interventions in multiple countries within the Asia and Pacific region, which will seek financing from a variety of sources. This can include (but is not limited to): supporting pipeline and portfolio management, data analysis and GIS; conducting desk research and analysis on country contexts, climate change adaptation and mitigation projects and vertical funds; supporting knowledge management products and publications; and providing administrative support to the team.

The intern will work closely with members of the UNDP-GEF unit in the Bangkok Regional Hub and will coordinate with various teams performing specialized tasks (proposal development, implementation, knowledge management, safeguards, gender, procurement, budget and etc.) that together enable the efficient mobilization and delivery of impact and results that assist countries to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:


Duties and responsibilities

% of time


Support the development of databases and portfolio data analysis to inform information management products development



Analyze qualitative and quantitative data from climate change projects that can be used in research products and reports



Conduct research on various topics related to climate change adaptation and mitigation with the aim of providing baseline research for proposal development



Support the formulation and design of knowledge management products and/or publications through targeted research and content generation



Synthesize key information from policy and procedural documents of relevance that can be used as input to the formulation and design of a standard package of presentation materials needed for various international conferences and workshops



Design and edit maps required for project funding proposals, regional pipeline and portfolio reports, and online portals



Assist the team in organizing workshops, events, conference calls, and meetings with various UNDP staff and other organizations



  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Proven quantitative and qualitative analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research;
  • Confident and initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mindset;
  • Effective communicator when working in teams and independently;
  • Excellent skills in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree; or
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
  • have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent studies.

Field of study: development related field such as environmental studies, economics, statistics, computer science, data analysis, public or business administration, law, public health or international relations.


  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development, in particular, climate change adaptation and mitigation would be preferred;
  • Previous experience in a developing country context is an advantage;
  • Previous experience in qualitative/quantitative research in the field of environment is an advantage;
  • Previous experience in knowledge management products and publications is an advantage.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Knowledge of at least one statistical analysis software such as Stata, R, SPSS is an advantage;
  • Knowledge and proficiency in GIS is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of advanced data management software and SQL is an advantage.

Language skills:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage (French preferred).

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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