Intern (Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

New York, NY, US

Background

The United Nations Development Program (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 over 170 countries, employing participatory approaches to developing local solutions to national and global development challenges. UNDP’s core vision is to help countries achieve simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion. 

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has the overall responsibility for providing policy, programmatic and technical support to facilitate sustainable and resilient development at national and sub-national level. The UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017 identifies addressing disaster and climate risks as key to building resilience and sustain long-term development. The Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster (CDT) of BPPS has corporate responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan by ensuring that climate and disaster risk considerations are fully integrated not only into UNDP’s development programming and into the overall development planning at all levels .The cluster provides technical advice in these areas to Country Offices; advocates UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogue initiatives.

Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDP’s approach to achieving its core vision. In line with the UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017, UNDP works with partners to promote gender equality and to empower women as agents of change and leaders in global, regional and national policy and programming development processes related to climate change, disaster risk reduction and recovery, and sustainable energy. More specifically, UNDP works with partners to:

  • Ensure that gender responsive approaches and solutions are adopted in the key global processes and agreements related to climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable energy and guides the integration of gender equality dimensions into the relevant regional and national bodies, mechanisms and processes.

  • Support the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment into national, sectoral and local policies, strategies and planning for climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable energy.

  • Raise awareness and build capacity on the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment principles in climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable energy responses and activities at international, national and local levels. 

  • Support governments to ensure that all women and men have access to affordable and reliable energy services and that women are empowered as energy entrepreneurs and productive end-users. This includes promoting women’s participation in efforts to identify, innovate and expand clean energy and end-use solutions.

  • Ensure that existing and emerging climate finance mechanisms equally benefit women and men at the national and local level.

  • Provide women with the necessary resources and skills in the development and testing of innovative approaches to strengthen communities to the impacts of disasters and climate change as well as to allow their access to modern and clean energy services.

 
Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the gender focal point of the CDT cluster, the intern is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Update gender results and toolkits database of the CDT cluster by taking stock of the 2016 results, toolkits and knowledge products produced by UNDP at HQ, regional and country level

  • Assist in developing country case studies on gender in climate, disaster and energy policy and programming work at country level supported by UNDP

  • Assist with research and writing for discussions on UNDP knowledge networks i.e. gender networks and the climate and disaster networks.

  • Assist with compiling communications materials for advocacy and outreach, including on UNDP’s public website and social media platforms

  • Assist with the preparation and analysis of charts, briefing notes, etc. to support corporate reporting i.e. 2016 GSIC report, Annual Reports, Infographics etc.

 
Competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

  • Strong organizational, reporting and writing abilities;

  • Results driven, able to meet targets/deadlines;

  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;

  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;

  • Self-starter and organized;

  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.

 
Required Skills and Experience

UNDP may accept interns providing the following conditions are met: 

  • Enrolled in a master’s programme in the areas of climate change, energy, sustainable development, gender studies or related field in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship (if a candidate is graduating before the internship period begins, they are no longer eligible); or

  • Pursuing their university studies, having completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree, if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages;

  • Not have graduated prior to the beginning of the internship.

    Other experience and skills required:

  • Good writing and oral presentation skills, as well as strong analytical capacity.

  • Good organizational, time management and interpersonal skills.

  • Attention to detail and proven ability to work independently and effectively with minimum supervision.

  • Computer proficiency: excellent command of MS Office

  • Language: Fluent in English

    In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of:

  • Copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;

  • Letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;

  • Letter of recommendation from a professor;

  • Copy of his/her school transcript;

  • Copy of passport;

  • Completed UNDP internship application form (to be provided upon selection);

  • Signed UNDP Internship Agreement (to be provided upon selection);

  • Medical Certificate of Good Health (to be provided upon selection);

  • Proof of medical insurance (to be provided upon selection).

    Kindly note the above documentation is required within one week after selection.

    Important Notes:

    Interns’ Expenses

    Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern’s participation in the programme must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.

    Insurance

    UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.  As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, and they should not travel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNDP. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work. It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which requires transportation to the Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; or results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Home Country, or Country of Residence.

    Subsequent Employment

    The purpose of the Internship Programme in UNDP is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement the intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Should an offer of employment be envisaged, a 3-month break, from the end of the internship, must be respected. Interns cannot apply for posts or consultancies during the period of internship.

    Third-party claims

    UNDP is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.


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