The Energy & Environment (EE) component of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is looking for two upcoming young professionals (national) to serve in the capacity of UNDP Interns for a four- six-months period who are committed and passionate about the wise utilization, protection and sustainable management of Namibia’s environment, considering the global, regional and national environmental challenges. Overall, they should aspire to contribute to Namibia’s long-term economic progression, social transformation, environmental sustainability and good governance.
Namibia is amongst the best African conservation successes; 44% of the land mass is under conservation management, and community participation in the management of natural resources has led to an increase of communal conservancies from 66 in 2012 to 92 in 2016; creating about 5,808 jobs in 2014 and generating approximately USD 7.7 million towards local communities’ benefits. Yet, utilization of other natural resources continues to be unsustainable owing to higher demands for such services; expansion of mining; increased volumes of waste and pollution, notably in ecologically sensitive areas. Further, illegal wildlife trade and human wildlife conflict are growing challenges. Weak institutional capacity and inadequate coordination amongst institutions, evidenced in limited implementation and enforcement of existing legislation and compliance with environmental regulations, remain critical challenges. About 20% of urban households cook on fire, and 50% of population relies on daily use of woody biomass for thermal power leading to air pollution and deforestation. Therefore, alternative and diversified renewable energy sources (biomass, solar, wind and hydro) need to be enhanced to improve domestic and economic use of energy in Namibia.
Improved harmonization of environmental policies, including through availability of credible data, will ensure sustainable management of natural resources. Though sparsely populated, the majority of the Namibian population is rural and vulnerable to economic and weather-related shocks, highlighting the need for increased resilience and enhanced ecosystem services. Namibia’s economy is overly dependent on the extractive industry with inadequate investments in economic diversification activities. Jobs and skills mismatch have resulted from limited investment in technical and vocational training perpetuating high unemployment impacting particularly women, youth, persons with disabilities and the marginalized. Weak implementation capacity for inclusive growth strategies is impeding pro-poor income and livelihood activities.
Thus, the UNDP EE Programme focuses on building and catalysing nature-based solutions for economic, social and environmental resilience so that Namibia (the State, the People, and the Institutions) can safeguard its developmental gains and pathways towards sustainable development as articulated in Agenda 2030; Agenda 2063; Vision 2030; fifth National Development Plans; and policies, strategies and action plans for water, land, environment, forestry and energy management.
UNDP Current Programme: 2019 -2023 is structured along two streams, i.e. (A) Sustainable, Inclusive and Green Growth (i.e. (i) Diversified employment, pro-poor income and sustainable livelihoods for women, youth, persons with disabilities and marginalized population and (ii) Sustainable environmental management and enhanced resilience to shocks and crises); and (B) Improved governance for accountable, responsive institutions and civic engagement.
The specific call in question is for two (2) National Interns to be hosted and seated at the UNDP office, Windhoek, Namibia. This will aid the two to gather and build collective national and international intelligence to enhance nature-based solutions.
Duties and Responsibilities
The general tasks of the Internship include Concept development, Research and Publication, and Advocacy and Communication. Explicitly, the intern/s will:
The specific tasks of the Internship include:
Required Skills and Experience
Criteria for selection:
In addition to the Education, prospective Intern Applicants must fulfill and meet the following first five criteria:
Fluency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
The Interns will be reporting on a day-to-day to the Programme Head /Specialist, while interacting with and working in collaborations with entire UNDP Programme and Operation Teams, and other UN Agencies in Namibia.
Energy and Environment Intern
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Windhoek, , NA