Intern - Gender, Climate Change Action and Disaster Risk Reduction

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Bangkok, Thailand
Application Deadline :06-Nov-20 (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 :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.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Project Background:

The Asia and the Pacific region is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change impacts in the world. According to the World Risk Report, 10 out of the 15 most at risk countries to climate change and disasters are in Asia and the Pacific. The region combines high exposure to frequent and damaging natural hazards with a low capacity to manage the resulting risks. Climate change and climate-induced disasters remain the largest threat to the achievement of global sustainable development today. When disasters hit, often women and girls face secondary negative impacts such as gender based violence, forced marriage and human trafficking. Lack of or inadequate and unequal women’s access to essential resources such as land, water, finance, information, technology, and energy makes women extremely vulnerable to climate change and undermines their capacity to adapt.  The capacities, skills, and resources that women and girls and other diverse groups possess in effectively addressing climate change often go untapped due to stereotypes that devalue their knowledge and result in their exclusion from decision-making at household and community level. Therefore, enabling women’s and diverse groups’ voices, agency, and leadership are a pre-requisite for resilience building and sustainable development.

UN Women is currently implementing a project on Strengthening Gender Equality and Human Rights in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Actions that addresses the above issues. The project is implemented in partnership with the UN Environment. UN Women’s project team needs to recruit an able intern to support the implementation activities of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities


The overall objective of this assignment is to conduct web-based desk research, information collection, review and analysis of national and regional policy documents governing the work in the areas of climate change, DRR and gender equality; provide technical support to the project team working in the regional office and country offices; and assist in organization of the virtual meetings and events relating to the Project, including preparation of meeting agendas, notes and outcome documents.

Support to Project Implementation:

The intern shall closely work with the Regional Project team to contribute to:

  • Assistance in preparation and launch of the knowledge products relating to gender and climate change.
  • Desk based review of relevant online training materials and e-learning courses for adult education and distance learning and contribution to the content development for a new training course.
  • Organizing the peer review process to increase quality of technical reports on assessment of gender equality and climate change interlinkages.
  • Supporting the organization of a knowledge-sharing workshop on gender statistics in climate change policies.
  • Preparation of concept notes for resource mobilization and fund raising for implementation of activities relating to gender and climate action.
  • Preparation of policy briefs and communication materials and organizing awareness-raising events on human rights and climate change.

Support to Project communications and M&E activities:

  • Development of communications materials (key messages and visuals) to launch a regional study on human rights and climate change. 
  • Maintenance of the project website and knowledge products, as needed.
  • Researching information on various Project outputs and any other information outlined in the Project Document.

Learning Objectives:

  • A sound understanding of the UN Women’s mandates and how to position gender equality issues in climate change and DRR discourses.
  • Result based project management.
  • National and regional policies related to climate change, DRR and gender equality.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of gender related issues and human rights, including laws that promote gender equality;
  • Knowledge and related to current policies and practices in the fields of climate change or disaster risk preparedness;
  • Some knowledge of intergovernmental processes and bodies;
  • Ability to undertake policy research and prepare qualitative studies;
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: environmental science, natural resource management, gender and women’s studies or other relevant subjects is required.
  • 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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation, or Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertake the internship as part of the program requirements.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

Application Information:

  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • Successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as applicable).


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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