The UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and with additional offices in Dakar, Senegal and Nairobi, Kenya, serves UNDP’s 45 Country Offices in sub-Saharan Africa, develops high quality knowledge and policy, is the organization’s main interface with regional and continental bodies such as the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities, and implements UNDP’s Regional Programme for Africa.
This continent-wide Regional Programme supports Africa’s transformation agenda by 1) enhancing inclusive and sustainable growth, 2) widening political participation and giving everyone a voice, and 3) developing responsive institutions which deliver desired services and promote inclusive processes of state-society dialogue. The work builds on UNDP’s expertise in development thinking and practice, and decades of experience working at country level and globally.
Specific areas of work led from the Centre, on a regional and continent-wide basis include: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), improving countries’ public finance management, mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS, building capacity for disaster risk management and climate change mitigation and adaptation, enabling access to sustainable energy and sustainable use of natural resources, promoting gender equality and empowerment, and enhancing food security in the Sahel. The Centre also provides support to countries on aid and development effectiveness and South-South Cooperation.
Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction/Management and Resilience building:
This area leads the development and coordination of policy in climate change adaptation and mitigation, climate risk management, disaster risk reduction (DRR) early recovery and resilience building. The Cluster specifically incorporates risk as a key element of strategies to pursue sustainable development, to anticipate weather related extreme events and hazards and to strengthen early warning systems for early action and resilience building. Specific areas of work include:
Country Office Support:
The Climate Change and DRR Team works with the Country Support Team to provide policy, technical and programmatic advisory support to country offices on a regular basis and ensures coordinated support to their day-to-day activities, including but not limited to programme and management-related matters from a corporate perspective, planning, monitoring and reporting, and troubleshooting.
Objective of the UNDP-RSCA Internship Programme:
The internship will be beneficial to the intern as well as to UN Office. The internship is intended to familiarize the intern with UNDP system and with its multidimensional activities in Africa. The placement should further add practical knowledge and skills to the intern’s theoretical knowledge of international development issues disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
The UNDP-RSCA will also benefit from the wide variety of academic knowledge, professional experience and personal creativity of interns. Interns can bring new, refreshing ideas/thoughts to the Office. Moreover, they can contribute by keeping the Office self-reflective and critical of its own performances.
The intern will not be given responsibilities equal to staff members in the execution of tasks. The task package, accorded to the intern, shall be supplementary to the regular responsibilities of the staff member. No responsibilities may be transferred to the intern. The staff member bears ultimate and sole responsibility for successful implementation of the programme work, projects and supplementary activities.
Nature of Assignment:
The intern will assist a staff member in the Office, who will concurrently function as the supervisor, in the execution of his/her work. The intern may be asked to perform any task indicated in the Terms of Reference or designated by the supervisor. The intern will be involved to the greatest possible extent in substantive Office activities. Interns could also add valuable contribution in preparations to specific or incidental activities such as forums, exhibitions or workshops.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Intern is responsible for performance of the following duties:
Technical / Functional Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience