United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭


UNDP’s Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) provides leadership and technical support to deliver on the UNDP’s Strategic Plan priorities on Sustainable Development Pathways and Resilience and Governance. The UNDP-GEF Team within BPPS, among its many foci help countries to develop their capacity to fully incorporate environmental sustainability into development at national and local levels. The principal areas of work are in environmental mainstreaming, environmental finance, adaptation to climate change, and local governance of resources, including energy.                                                 

Climate change is a priority area of work for UNDP. Building on a history of climate change projects, tools, and resources, UNDP’s objective is to play a leading role in the UN’s climate change efforts and mobilize greater and more diverse resources for climate change initiatives. The Green, Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development Team within UNDP/GEF manages UNDP’s activities with regard to policy and projects supported by United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Green Climate Fund (GCF), bilateral, and other sources of funds. The Green LECRDS Team works to strengthen and expand UNDP’s services more broadly to systematically support adaptation to climate change. Increasing emphasis will be placed on strategic partnerships, co-ordination, substantive collaboration and knowledge management to support policy coherence, and the further development of the adaptation programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will provide support to Regional Technical Advisors by conducting quantitative and qualitative research and producing written outputs on specific and selected projects in the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) portfolio of the Green LECRDS team. Projects to be supported by the intern include both those in the formulation and implementation stage. The specific tasks will include, but not limited to, supporting RTAs in undertaking background research for and writing sections of funding proposals, undertaking a portfolio-level analysis based on specific thematic research areas, and synthesizing information about development/adaptation impacts from UNDP-GEF financed adaptation projects.

The intern will;

  • Review, synthesize and analyze comments received from the GCF Secretariat and Independent Technical Advisory Panel and discussions during the Board Meeting, and revise the annotated GCF proposal template to reflect key requirements from the Fund.
  • Collect additional information on specific sections of GCF funding proposal for selected project(s) under preparation based on a desk review and other primary or secondary sources. Prepare write-ups as per the agreement with the RTA in charge of the project(s).
  • With guidance from RTAs, prepare case studies of adaptation projects based on a specific thematic area. The theme of the analysis will be determined in discussion with RTAs.
  • Conduct a policy analysis on a relevant topic on climate change that enhances the internal knowledge and understanding among the Green LECRDS team.
  • Put together presentations on specific topic based on Prepare a paper on Bankable Adaptation Projects- A review of UNDP-GEF projects, complete with introduction, acknowledgements, table of contents, maps and graphics to highlight key points.
  • Undertake other tasks that are considered a priority in the Green LECRDS team.

Final Products:

  • A summary report of performance reviews of CCA projects funded by UNDP-GEF.
  • A conclusive report of case studies with NPV component and barrier identification and removal analysis of CCA projects funded by UNDP-GEF.
  • A manuscript on a Publication on Bankable Adaptation Projects that has addressed review comments received by UNDP and external review

Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls:

  • The intern will report and submit final products at the end of internship (or upon internal arrangements) to the Head-Adaptation (Global), UNDP-GEF or his designate as directed.


  • The intern may be required to travel. Destination shall be assigned and approved prior to travel depends on specific assignments. The travel costs will be compensated, in accordance with the prevailing UNDP rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the UN’s core values;
  • Respects individual, gender and cultural differences in dealing with others;
  • Treat all people fairly without favoritism.
Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme or in a final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in a development related field such as economics, public or business administration, international relations, law, or environmental studies, or;
  • Graduated with a university degree – and if selected, must start the internship within one year after graduation.


  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development;
  • A desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.


  • Language skills: written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is an asset.


  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • 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 any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Subsequent Employment:

  • There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.