Intern (Disaster Management Team)

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :05-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Chinese  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :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.


Viewing disasters as a fundamental threat to development, UNDP China strives to promote a more resilient form of development by strengthening national and local capacities towards disaster risk management and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development planning and practices. Working closely with the Government of China, UNDP China is also committed to building global partnerships as it seeks to combat the complex economic, social and human security dimensions posed by disasters.

To facilitate Disaster Management Team as well as international and national stakeholders in summarizing programme experience and lessons learnt; to enhance knowledge building, communication and dissemination; and to explore possible future solutions for sounder disaster/crisis management in China as next steps, UNDP Disaster Management Team plans to recruit an intern to participate in the work of programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Supporting formulation of pipelines in disaster management area, including but not limited to key research support, literature review, and formulation of concept note and project document.
  2. Assisting in on-going projects, supporting work of Project Manager and Project Officers, including coordination, communication, data collection, finance, etc.
  3. Admin support include translation and interpretation, taking meeting minutes, conference booking, workshops preparation, etc.
  4. Supporting coordination and communication with stakeholders, preparing webpage update or regular Disaster Management Updates and other communication materials.
  5. Providing other support upon instructions from Project Manager and Project Officer.



  1. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems in disaster management field
  2. Ability to develop sources and conduct data collection using various methods
  3. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis
  4. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, and work under pressure
  5. Showing pride in work and in achievements
  6. Showing persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges



  1. Speaking and writing clearly and effectively in both Chinese and English
  2. Communicating effectively with team members
  3. Adjusting language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  4. Demonstrating openness in sharing information and coordination



  1. Working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  2. Willing to learn from others and positively share ideas

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Enrolled in a Master-level Degree programme or above. Degree in development-related field such as international relations, development studies, sociology, disaster management, political sciences or environmental studies is desirable
  2. Fluency in both English and Chinese, particularly reading and writing
  3. Ability to hold this position for a full time 6 months duration is required
  4. Experience in the usage of computers and Microsoft Office packages, skills with PhotoShop or other design/video software would be an advantage
  5. Sound understanding of disaster related issues with relevant experiences will be an asset

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