Intern (Environment Law)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Colombo, , LK


The UNDP “Intern ESDR- Environment Law” performs his/her duties under supervision of the Project Coordinator (NC) who is responsible for the overall functioning of the BIOFIN Project in Sri Lanka. The Intern will be based in the UNDP Country Sub Office and reports to the Project Coordinator and will spend significant time in the field engaged in identification of key environmental law enforcement cases.

The candidate will have an academic background in Law (Bachelor level) and interest in development problems in general and particularly in the linkages between development and environment within the country and of their implications for the global environment. S/he should demonstrate willingness for working with NGOs, CBOs, and other relevant professionals in the field.  Strong writing and communication skills are a must.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist the Unit in the following tasks:

  • Identify key law enforcement related issues on environment management in Sri Lanka.
  • Review documents related to the previous court cases and compile a booklet on different environment related laws in Sri Lanka and their applicability
  • Conduct one to one meetings with 10 selected environment law experts and other key stakeholders such as lawyers, judges, police, private sector, CSO in the country and identify the major barriers related to environment law enforcement;
  • The intern will prepare a final report of the duties performed under this Terms of references and make a presentation to the ESDR cluster.
  • Proactive (able to pro-actively undertake tasks that fall under TORs)
  • Team Player
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Quick learner
  • Good computer skills
  • Polite and outgoing
  • Please capture below statement as well.
Required Skills and Experience

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a)       Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); in the field of communications, public relations, languages, journalism or equivalent;
(b)       Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c)       Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

  1. Persons in the development-related fields, preferably with a focus on environment/ natural resource management.
  2. Demonstrated interest in environmental issues, and demonstrated academic ability in law
  3. Demonstrated interest in community-oriented environment and development programmes, and in project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
  4. Excellent command of written and spoken English required and proficiency in Sinhala and/or Tamil is an advantage
  5. Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail
  6. Ability to write clearly and concisely
  7. Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  8. Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, interpersonal).