Internship with the Global Environmental Finance Unit, Regional Service Center for Africa

Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :26-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3 to 6 months


Corporate Background:

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.

Internship Office Background: 

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 support to the project implementation review (PIR) process for projects funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) underway in the African region. This will include:

  • contributing to guidance documents designed to assist project teams with facilitating the PIR process,
  • reviewing project documents, mid-term evaluations, past PIRs, logical frameworks, and other materials to understand project targets and milestones,
  • reviewing and providing edits to draft PIRs to ensure high quality and accurate representation of project progress;
  • coordinating PIR inputs with country offices, project teams, and Regional Technical Advisers to ensure progress is on track with internal and GEF deadlines, and
  • coordinating with the UNDP-GEF CCA team across regions to ensure a standard approach to PIR support.

In addition, the intern will provide support to project programming for development of adaptation interventions in multiple countries within the Sub Saharan Africa region seeking environmental finance from a variety of sources (including the GCF and the GEF). These tasks can include (but are not limited to): supporting project pipeline and portfolio management; data analysis; conducting desk research and analysis on country contexts; supporting project monitoring and evaluation and the development of 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 Addis Ababa Regional Service 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:

Support the development of GEF project implementation reviews (PIRs) for approximately 25 ongoing projects in the Africa region. (60%)

  • Support proposal development and baseline articulation for projects in the region via research and analysis on various topics related to climate change adaptation and writing and editing of proposal content. (30%)
  • Support project monitoring and evaluation and the formulation and design of knowledge management products and/or publications through targeted research and content generation. (5%)
  • Assist the team in organizing workshops, events, conference calls, and meetings with various UNDP staff and other organizations as needed. (5%)


  • Proven quantitative and qualitative analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research;
  • Proven writing and editing skills;
  • 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


  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); in development related fields such as environmental studies, economics, statistics, computer science, data analysis, public or business administration, law, public health or international relations;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development, environment and natural resources management, in particular, climate change adaptation and mitigation is preferred;
  • Previous experience in monitoring and evaluation is 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.

Information and Technology 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 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).

Intern requiements:

  • Applicants should indicate which months they are available part and/or full time and when they complete their studies;
  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • The Intern is expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for his/her education programme;
  • The intern will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation etc.;
  • Additional information regarding the UNDP Internship Programme may be obtained at

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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