Internship- Securing Livelihoods in the Himalayas

Location : New Delhi, INDIA
Application Deadline :16-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :4 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 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 Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India along with UNDP is implementing a GEF funded project: SECURE Himalaya (Securing livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems) in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Union Territory of Ladakh.

The project supports the Government of India in conservation of globally significant biodiversity and threatened species while securing sustainable livelihoods and community resilience and ensures conservation of globally significant biodiversity and threatened species. It will engineer a paradigm shift from the current approach of conservation to demonstrate a new approach of landscape-based conservation. This is an integrated approach, which focuses on working with various sectors and partners in areas within and outside protected areas, to effectively reduce threats to biodiversity of local, national and global significance.

The project will build up on the existing socio-economic development efforts in the region, for evolving innovative and participatory models for sustainable use of natural resources. It aims to achieve the objective of conservation by engaging local communities and collaborating with government and non-government agencies for conservation and promotion of sustainable resource use and livelihood.

The project aims to identify and support the demonstration and implementation of climate smart and energy efficient solutions to reduce stress on natural ecosystem in select project landscapes of SECURE Himalaya.  Within this, the project will develop and implement a carbon neutral plan to demonstrate two climate smart villages. This will entail communities and stakeholders to critically understand the link between livelihood, biodiversity, natural resources and climate change, identify context specific vulnerability to climate variability, extremes events, existing adaptation strategies and opportunities available for adaptation and mitigation.

The project would be implemented over a period of six years in the high altitude trans-Himalayan region and has the following major outcomes: (1) Improved management of high range Himalayan landscapes for conservation of Snow Leopard and other endangered species and their habitats and sustaining ecosystem services; (2) Improved and diversified livelihood strategies and improved capacities of community and government institutions for sustainable natural resource management and conservation; (3) Enhanced enforcement, monitoring and cooperation to reduce wildlife crime and related threats; (4) Effective knowledge management and information systems established for promotion of sustainable management practices in the High range Himalayan ecosystems.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Head, NRM and Biodiversity and SPO Uttarakhand, the intern will perform the following tasks:

  • Review the baseline energy audit report prepared by the consulting agency, with a view to validate the information therein.
  • Guide the community mobiliser to verify the beneficiaries list prepared by the agency.
  • Finalize the identified solutions in consultation with the state govt, district administration and other experts.
  • To conceptualize and prepare a plan for demonstrating an energy efficient village.
  • Prepare a plan for Govt. Facilities established in National parks to make them energy efficient and operational round the year in snow bound areas.
  • Study the relevant Govt. schemes and develop the strategy for convergence-based implementation plan in landscapes on renewable and alternate energy.
  • Assist in developing 2 proposals to be submitted under National adaptation fund for climate change.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Results/Expected Outputs:

  • Recommendations to fill the gaps in the Energy audit report studied
  • Submissions of the final list of beneficiaries along with the identified solutions
  • Submit the list of schemes for convergence
  • Prepare a concept note along with village action plan
  • Submission of 2 draft proposals under National adaptation fund for climate change 


  • Strong sense of collaborative work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. 

Required Skills and Experience


  • Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet following requirement:
  • Candidate must be pursuing bachelor’s in environmental sciences/Engineering or any other related field


  • Good Understanding of matters related to Hydrology.
  • Candidate must have completed at least 2 years of the degree.


  • Experience in research and analysis
  • Working knowledge of FTIR analysis and tools
  • Good command in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as handling web-based applications. 

Desirable: Knowledge of tools like AutoCAD & MATLAB will be an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English. 

UNDP strives to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance and applies an equal opportunities approach.  All selections are on merit. Qualified Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.




The completed “Internship Intern Form” available on the UNDP India website at Internship Intern Form should be completed along with 

a current and detailed Resume. 

Please group the above two documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload document.


Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents, upon selection: :

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in their undergraduate or graduate-level degree programme;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.
  • Kindly note, UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Working arrangements:

  • Interns will be given a stipend according to UNDP Internship Policy, if it is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government foundation or scholarship programme. A stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
  • Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. Interns must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan.
  • Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes. 
  • 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. 
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity. 
  • The purpose of the internship is not to lead to further employment with UNDP, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.  The intern will be evaluated at the end of the internship.
  • IMPORTANT: Family relationships are required to be disclosed in order to avoid real or perceived family influence or conflict of interest, within UNDP. If the candidate/ hiring manager has not disclosed that he/she was related to an individual employed by UNDP in whatever contractual modality and irrespective of the nature of the family relationship, this may constitute a basis for withdrawing the offer of internship or, if the internship has started, to terminate it without notice or indemnity.  
  • 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 be required to undergo rigorous reference and background checks.       


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