UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 170 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
World leaders have pledged to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. UNDP’s network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. The 17 Global Goals are more ambitious than the previous 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that culminated in 2015, as they go much further to include areas that were not in the MDGs, such as inequalities, economic growth, decent jobs, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, peace and justice for all. These 17 Goals provide the goal posts and will guide our work over the next 15 years.
The UNDP Multi-Country Office (MCO) based in Apia covers four Pacific island countries (Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau), and manages regional programs for 10 additional countries. The UN programmatic framework (2013-2017) currently under review covers 14 Pacific countries through a Sub-Regional Programme Document for Pacific Island Countries. Most of MCO is focused in climate change and environment (CC&E, about 90 percent of the total budget), although the office also provides significant support in poverty eradication and governance.
The MCO’s portfolio has a large portfolio of about US$85million. The CC&E unit, spread over about 18 small and large projects, manages about US$75 million of this. The ultimate objective of UNDP’s EE&C unit is to have a positive impact for the sustainable use of natural resources and resilience to climate change. Financial oversight, effective strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation is critical to ensure the successful implementation of projects and to further develop the portfolio. Management and coordination is also gradually moving from a project-based approach to a wider approach where several sectors are considered under one project, in order to have stronger impact, more results, and more efficient management of resources.
The Samoa Multi-Country office has about 40 staff, consisting of regular staff, consultants, United Nations volunteers and interns. The UNDP office is located on a compound shared with FAO, UN Women and UNESCO. WHO and UNEP also have offices in Samoa, although not located in the same compound as UNDP. The head of unit will manage a staff of 5 people, of which four are national staff and one international consultant.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Programme Manager (Environment and Climate Change) and in close coordination with the staff of UNDP MCO E&CC Unit, the Intern will undertake the following responsibilities:
Assist in resource mobilizing for Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF):
Assist in mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the UNDP MCO Samoa:
Develop and maintain a calendar for key international/regional events on the environment. This task involves:
Develop lessons learned and knowledge management documents on ongoing projects for the environment. This task involves:
Assist with youth and climate change programme & the Small Grants Programme (SGP):
Assist with Meetings, Workshop & Trainings:
Undertake other responsibilities as requested by heads of programme units:
Required Skills and Experience