Environmental Sustainability & Disaster Resilience (ESDR) Team

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Colombo, , LK


UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
UNDP’s Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Management Programme cluster works with the government agencies to carry out projects that deal with promoting environmental sustainability, renewable energy, climate resilience and managing risks posed by disasters.
The Programme supports the Government to meet their international obligations, such as abiding by three Rio conventions, and strengthening the policies and institutions that are in place to ensure environmental sustainability and disaster resilience. The Programme also helps promote partnerships, improve networks with stakeholders, and share knowledge on how best to tackle issues pertaining to the environment and disasters, and support efforts made to achieve sustainable and environmentally sensitive development. The cluster is implementing projects and programmes in above areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Intern will support the work of the ESDR Unit, and work under the direct supervision of the Assistant Country Director and Programme Analyst in close consultation with project teams. The specific tasks are outlined below:

  • Work with the ESDR team to strategize on policy and planning support;
  • Support ESDR team in mapping out low emission, climate resilient development schemes for Sri Lanka.
  • Proactive (able to pro-actively undertake tasks that fall under the TOR);
  • Team Player;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Quick learner;
  • Good computer skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills.
Required Skills and Experience

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); in the field of communications, public relations, languages, journalism or equivalent;
  • 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 (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages;
  • Experience working in cross-cultural environments an asset;
  • Good inter-personal skills.