The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global anti-poverty network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1998, for decades UNDP has provided assistance to disaster-prone countries globally prevent, prepare for and recover from disasters associated with natural hazards. UNDP works through a network of 177 country offices and is one of the largest global public-sector actors in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
UNDP plays an important and unique role in supporting high risk countries to achieve their development goals by reducing loss to life and assets, and by strengthening long term resilience. UNDP works with governments at international, national and local levels to ensure that climate change and DRR responses are nationally-led and owned, as well as integrated into national development planning. UNDP’s work integrates issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at the country level, focusing on resilience building and ensuring development remains risk-informed and sustainable. To do this we assist governments in systematically and comprehensively delivering on risk-informed development through the communication, reduction and management of risk.
To support these outcomes, as well as the Hyogo and Frameworks for Action (HFA) and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the UNDP Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction team (CDT), under the new Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), has developed three strategic objectives on Disaster and Risk Reduction:
This internship is specifically intended to support UNDP’s work with the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Vulnerable Twenty Group (V20), a South-South cooperation initiative currently led by Ethiopia, and involving over 40 countries highly vulnerable to climate change from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. UNDP provides secretariat support to the CVF/V20 and its participating countries with assistance on a range of cooperation, communications and research activities. The CVF Support Unit leads technical assistance, event organization, online communications and outreach for the initiative and is seeking a graduate student with an interest in global issues, analytical research, web publishing and social media to assist in increasing the support project’s impact. Currently, the UNDP is supporting the CVF to realize its Vision, 2016-2018 Road Map and the 2020 Action Plan for the V20, the finance ministers’ initiative of the CVF. Together with civil society partners, UNDP also supports the CVF with its #1o5C campaign to raise awareness on the significance of 1.5 degrees Celsius limit enshrined in the goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change and promoting efforts towards its achievement. This internship will provide the opportunity to assist in the organization and communication CVF/V20 activities in relation to relevant international policy-making bodies such as the UN Human Rights Council, the World Health Assembly, the International Labour Conference and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including raising awareness for and engaging people in the CVF/V20’s efforts to assist countries highly affected by climate change to respond to this global challenge.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this internship is to contribute to the UNDP CDT Geneva work and to support the CVF and V20. The internship will be part of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Team (CDT) under the overall umbrella of the CDT Partnership Advisor based in Geneva with reporting and working closely with the CVF Support Specialist and/or CDT personnel, the intern will perform one or more of the following duties and responsibilities:
Communications support and event organization/coordination:
Any other activities as requested.
Strong service orientation.
Required Skills and Experience