Environment, Climate and Natural Resource Management

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country programme Document (CPD) 2017 – 2021 expresses the clear desire for greater involvement of civil society in the development of Suriname based on defined national priorities. This by utilizing internationally accepted concept of sustainable development, integrating the 3 interrelated dimensions of Economic, Social and Environmental sustainability. The agreed sustainable development goals provide guidance as well as targets that need to be realized by 2030.

Suriname is classified as a middle-income country, with a gross national income of $9,950 (2014).1 It has a Human Development Index value of 0.714,2 ranking 103 of 188 countries. The gross domestic product (GDP) has doubled since 2006, growing from $2.6 billion to $5.2 billion in 2014,3 averaging a significant 4 per cent yearly increase. Growth has been fueled by high commodity prices for gold, lumber, oil and bauxite, as well as higher remittances.

UNDP will be a strategic partner, responding to critical national challenges as proponed in the National Development Plan, consistent with the new United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF) and the UNDP Strategic Plan, 2104-2017.

UNDP will particularly emphasize promoting the effects of sustainable economic practices and reducing natural hazard risks for the most vulnerable groups, including indigenous/tribal people and coastal dwellers exposed to the effects of sea level rise. Through its focused strategy to engage local communities in building resilience to address climate change impact, UNDP will support the integration of the ongoing needs of communities in the hinterland and the coastal regions into efforts to promote sustainable livelihoods and greater ownership of natural resource management, leading ultimately to behaviour change.

One output of the CPD aims at; empowering Indigenous & Tribal peoples and coastal communities to plan and carry out sustainable livelihoods activities that improve conservation of biodiversity and/or combat the effects of climate change.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme specialist Environment, the intern is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Assist in sourcing country case examples that have successfully empowered indigenous and tribal peoples or coastal communities to carry out sustainable livelihoods activities that also improved conservation of biodiversity and combat the effects of climate change by UNDP.
  • Assist with research and writing for discussions on the roles of Indigenous and Tribal peoples particularly women and youth within the identified country cases.
  • Assist with research and writing for discussions in Environment, climate and Natural resource management and Sustainable livelihoods programming work at country level on UNDP knowledge networks i.e. the Environment, Climate, Extractive industries and Sustainable Development networks.
  • Assist with compiling information for sensitization and preparation of materials for advocacy and outreach.
  • Assist with the preparation and analysis of meeting notes, charts, briefing notes, etc. in response to Environment and Natural Resource Management team needs i.e. 2016 portfolio performance, CIP reporting, project reporting, Infographics etc.
  • 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;
  • Able to work independently and organized;
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.
Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

UNDP may accept interns providing the following conditions are met: 

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • 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
  • 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 Dutch and English

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide hardcopy or 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 two weeks after selection.