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Research Intern, Smart Cities and Digitalisation
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||25-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 to 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.
The Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD) is a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to identify and co-create technological and innovative solutions to help countries achieve their Sustainable Development Goals. We draw on the expertise of innovative talent in Singapore and around the world, and curate partnerships that will allow us to take this know-how to the places where it is needed most.
Our emerging areas of focus are Sustainable and Digital Agriculture, Smart Cities and Digitalisation, and Sustainable Finance. For each of our programmes we are connecting policymakers, practitioners, think tanks, leading private sector actors, entrepreneurs, civil society, and other stakeholders to build practical solutions that will create lasting impact through deep collaboration.
SMART CITIES & DIGITALISATION
By 2050, nearly 70% of the world's population - an additional 2.5 billion people - will live in urban areas. This rapid urbanisation will bring in new economic opportunities but is also likely sharpen income disparities, greatly increasing the potential for social conflict. Hence, it is a global priority to build inclusive, liveable and sustainable urban areas – that is, smart cities.
Building on Singapore’s pioneering efforts, the Global Centre's smart cities and digitalisation programme focuses on Inclusivity, Sustainability and Adaptability. We have identified cities in Africa and Asia; working together with these cities and partners in Singapore and around the world, we provide technical expertise, knowledge transfer, insights and collaborations needed to drive sustainable smart city projects.
The selected intern will be participating in high-impact projects for Governments from Asia-Pacific and African regions on the domains of digitalization, mobility, waste management and health.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Intern will be responsible for the following:
Required Skills and Experience
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:
***Note - As part of the application process answer 1 of the 3 questions below:
1) What do you think is going to be the most impactful technology for cities in low-or-lower middle income countries in the following decade, and why will this be the case?
2) Tell us about the use of a technology or innovation in a low-or-lower middle income country. What went well, what went less well (or what could have gone wrong) - Does not have to be a project you have worked, it can be one you've read/ heard about.
3) How do you think that innovation can help in achieving a more 'circular economy' in a city in a low-or lower-middle income country?
Conditions of internship:
Internships within the UN system are subject to following conditions, which the candidates should familiarize themselves with prior to applying:
Selected candidates must submit following documents prior to joining: