Internship - Environment Portfolio

Location : Colombo, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :24-May-19 (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 :Six months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Six months


UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

UNDP’s Environment Portfolio cluster works with the government agencies to carry out projects that deal with promoting environmental sustainability, renewable energy, climate resilience and managing risks posed by disasters.

The programme supports the Government to meet their international obligations, such as abiding by three Rio conventions, and strengthening the policies and institutions that are in place to ensure environmental sustainability and disaster resilience. The Programme also helps promote partnerships, improve networks with stakeholders, and share knowledge on how best to tackle issues pertaining to the environment and disasters, and support efforts made to achieve sustainable and environmentally sensitive development. The cluster is implementing projects and programmes in above areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will support the work of the Unit, and work under the direct supervision of the Quality Design Analyst in closed consultation with project teams. The specific tasks are outlined below:

  • Support the coordination of the environment portfolio implemented by and/or funded through UNDP;
  • Facilitate the coordination of projects including organizing meetings, workshops, field visits, and the recruitment of consultants;
  • Coordinate and liaise with government officers, local universities, and school officials to implement activities related to the portfolio;
  • Capture success stories and lessons learned for reporting purposes;
  • Support the project team with administrative duties, including taking minutes and writing concept notes.



  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Delivery
  • People Management
  • Gender


Required Skills and Experience

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • 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 (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
  • Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Natural Resources, Business Administration or any other related field;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office packages;
  • Experience working in cross-cultural environments and assets;
  • Good inter-personal skills.

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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