Intern Climate Change and Climate Education

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Istanbul, Home-Based / Remote
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Climate change is happening with unprecedented speed and intensity in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, threatening continued economic growth and development progress. Climate change is identified as a key elevation theme for the implementation of the UNDP Strategic Plan. In addition to helping implement the Paris Agreement, the transition to a low-carbon economy can help tackle our region’s specific challenges, spurring more stable and diverse economic growth, creating new jobs, helping to slow rural depopulation and labor emigration across the region.

UNDP’s “Climate Promise” announced at the 2019 UN Climate Summit supports 115 countries globally in enhancing their NDCs with demonstrated increase in ambition. RBEC is committed to ensure full coverage of NDC support in the region. UNDP will help countries undertake an inclusive and transparent process to revise and submit enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Building on UNDP’s extensive climate and sustainable development portfolio and partnerships with the UN, NDC Partnership, coalitions, IDBs, private sector, academia and civil society groups, the initiative provides technical and financial support across a tailored set of services to address bottlenecks and scale-up key success factors.

In order to achieve these goals, countries should increase their ambition, accelerate climate action, and mobilize society as a whole around their climate goals. For the later, UNDP supports countries to promote a country’s NDC vision and ensure an inclusive approach for its enhancement. Special efforts will be made to empower the voices of women, youth and other marginalized and/or vulnerable groups that may be at risk of being left behind. We must have all voices at the table if the world is to make transformational change to address the climate crisis. That includes specifically the younger generations whose future is directly concerned.

The Climate Box (CB) is an interactive curriculum on climate change and a comprehensive climate education programme offering capacity building, educational and knowledge exchange activities for teachers, educational experts and students. It is implemented in 9 ECIS countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). The programme supported engagement with the formal education sector to mainstream climate education; trainings for teachers on how to apply new learning tools and present climate change topics in schools; support and oversight of the CB piloting at national level; contests of youth projects based on the CB materials; knowledge exchange conferences for teachers; monitoring and impacts evaluation, and other activities. The project is built upon strong national ownership and cooperation with national educational authorities and offers opportunities for broad public awareness and youth engagement.



The main objective of the assignment is to provide daily support to UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub in management of the climate change portfolio with the focus on the regional climate education programme. The intern will work under the guidance and technical supervision of Climate and 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:

  • Conduct research to collect and analyze best practices (globally and in the region) in policy, legislation and institutional arrangements for ambitious Climate Action in the framework of the Paris Agreement.
  • Assist in other basic research i.e. collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Support regional exchanges under the climate education programme Climate Box engaging UNDP Country Offices, school teachers, children and youth and broader education community.
  • Support rolling out of the new Climate Box web portal (testing and piloting phase, training and roll out), prepare/edit new content for the multi-lingual web portal.
  • Help moderate on-line discussions on the Climate Box web portal, prepare consolidated technical notes on the discussions.
  • Prepare and mobilize advocacy and awareness materials on climate education.
  • Collaborate with research institutions and other stakeholders within the region to undertake CC research and needs analysis for the implementation of on-going initiatives.
  • Assist in projects planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programme initiatives.
  • Collaborate in the development of knowledge and communication products content and design.
  • Assist in the drafting of reports and organization of meetings.
  • Assist in preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
  • Assist in administrative and substantive support to meetings and conferences, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics etc.
  • Perform other duties as directed by the Supervisor.



  • Good communication and time management skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.



(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in environmental science, climate studies, green economy and sustainability, disaster risk reduction or other relevant field;

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, climate studies, green economy and sustainability, disaster risk reduction or other relevant field;

(c) Have recently graduated with a university degree in environmental science, climate studies, disaster risk reduction or other relevant field; (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;


  • Relevant professional experience in environment, climate change and/or resilience would be a strong advantage;
  • Particularly knowledge of environment, climate change and resilience issues would be a strong advantage;

Language skills:

·      Fluency in written and spoken English is required for this assignment. Knowledge of Russian is an asset

Additional Information:

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 a 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.

Application procedure

The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;

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:

  • Official document(s) confirming your education status stated in Section 4;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.


UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
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.

Subsequent Employment

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.

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