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Intern - Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
|Location :||Home Based - Istanbul, Turkey, TURKEY|
|Application Deadline :||16-Jan-21 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 to 6 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||January 2021 - July 2021|
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.
Historically the world has seen significant human suffering and severe disruption of social and economic development as a result of disasters. The threat of climate change has increased the level of risk and vulnerability of many of the world’s population to climatic hazards, adding to the urgency with which these issues must be addressed. Over the past couple decades there has been increasing awareness of the negative socio-economic impacts of disasters and concerted efforts have been made to both respond to and mitigate against these impacts.
The global efforts at Disaster Risk Reduction are underpinned by a number of international strategies and agreements including the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, The Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World, The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. These agreements reflect the evolution of the awareness that disaster management must become an integral part of a country’s development policy.
Building on the Hyogo Framework for Action, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 aims to achieve the following outcome over the next 15 years: The substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries. To attain the expected outcome, the following goal must be pursued: Prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk through the implementation of integrated and inclusive economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political and institutional measures that prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to disaster, increase preparedness for response and recovery, and thus strengthen resilience.
Within the frame of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 following four Priorities for Action have been agreed:
1. Understanding disaster risk
2. Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
3. Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
4. Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
CADRI is an inter-agency DRR capacity development platform with Secretariat hosted by UNDP in Geneva, Switzerland. CADRI has conducted number of engagements in ECIS region since 2008. New methodology of CADRI and digital assessment tools allow for partners of initiative (over 22 UN and non-UN partners) to offer more timely and relevant services to the UNCTs and Governments in the region.
In the area of DRR capacity assessment and development, UNDP is working with its partners under the umbrella of CADRI. UNDP co-leads the regional group of agencies under the CADRI initiative in the Europe and Central Asia region. UNDP and partners have agreed on the 2021 workplan, which requires additional support, and this is where the internship comes in.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objective of the assignment is to provide daily support to UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub in management of the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation portfolio. The intern will work under the guidance and technical supervision of CC&DRR Team Leader of UNDP for ECIS. He/she will also work closely with the ECIS UNDP Country Offices
Specific tasks are as follows:
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background and the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Required Skills and Experience
(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in environmental science, disaster risk reduction, climate change, or another relevant field;
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent); in in environmental science, disaster risk reduction, climate change, or another relevant field;
(c) Have recently graduated with a university degree in environmental science, disaster risk reduction, climate change, or another relevant field; (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation
· Fluency in written and spoken English is required for this assignment. Knowledge of Russian is an asset
Internships within the UN system are subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with before signing his/her internship agreement.
Starting from January 2020 interns may receive stipends according to UN rules and regulations. Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.
Any further costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs.
The application should contain:
Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents:
UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.
The purpose of the Internship Programme 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. It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents and need to plan for these well in advance.