Intern - Environment and Climate

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :22-Mar-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)
Duration of Initial Contract :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.


Uganda’s environment is currently typified by adverse changes in wet and dry seasons. In a country where irrigation-based farming is practiced by few, diverging weather patterns have rendered year-long planning on farms nearly impossible with many farmers finding difficulty in predicting rainfall patterns.  At the same time, the country’s biodiversity and natural resources are also threatened due to the interplay of climate change and human activities. The rates of deforestation, wetland loss and encroachment areas for urbanization, mining, industrialization, settlement and agriculture are alarming.

UNDP’s Environment and climate change program is working with government of Uganda and other stakeholders to develop and implement interventions designed to scale back the effects of climate change on top of helping farmers adapt to its consequences.  The program also works to conserve biodiversity, especially by promoting the protection of protected areas. Emphasis has been put on forest reserves, the Albertine Rift Forests, and wetlands. Support is given to communities living around the areas to get involved in conservation activities, on top of redrawing boundaries and creating conservation strategies for the areas.

UNDP is now looking for an intern to assist with this program.

Objective of the Internship

This internship is intended to familiarize the intern with the organization’s system.  It will also benefit the intern with an understanding of multidimensional activities in the field of climate resilience, environment and sustainable development. The placement will impart practical knowledge and skills to the intern’s theoretical knowledge of international development issues climate resilience and the environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision by the allocated person, the intern will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Provide support to the department in climate and environment,
  2. Support in preparation of meetings, workshops, conferences and other gatherings
  3. Support in monitoring and tracking progress of activities and projects
  4. Assist in reviewing reports and other relevant documents and studies related to climate change and providing comments, where appropriate
  5. Engage in the collection and analyses for climate resilience information and data, assist in updating a database for on-going and pipeline projects on climate change mitigation by state and non-state actors if existing
  6. Participate in meetings, seminars, international and local fora, conferences and workshops, knowledge products and other applicable materials; and
  7. Any other responsibilities as may be allocated from the supervisor.

Expected outputs

  • Analysis on effectiveness of programme with local wisdom element and knowledge product to be shared on knowledge session in the office
  • Successful implementation of series of events/workshop as applicable and proper documentation lesson learnt of programme initiatives.
  • Effective support to the analysis on strategic implementation of new initiatives for future programming 
  •  Development of TORs, proper documentation of minutes of meeting and presentation materials
  • Effective support for programme team in development information about project


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrate commitment to UNDP mission, vision and values
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies

  1. Interest and motivation in working in an international organization
  2. Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation
  3. Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set
  4. Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently
  5. Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities
  6. Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view
  7. Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  8. Excellent writing and communication skills in English, and
  9. Willingness to travel to the field when required.

Required Skills and Experience

Education Requirements

The applicant must meet at least one of the below educational requirements:

  • Be enrolled on a tertiary institution programme (university degree or equivalent, or higher from a recognized institution) in Environmental Science/Climate Change or other relevant fields;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a tertiary institution level in any of the fields listed above; and
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation


  • Candidates must be able to adapt to an international, multicultural, multilingual environment, have good communication skills and can work in a team;
  • Previous experience from volunteering or extra-curricular activities linked to the Vision and Mission of the UN would be considered an asset;

Conditions of Internship

  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  • UNDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualified Women are encouraged to apply.

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