Internship on support to knowledge management and programming on climate change adaptation in LAC

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Panama City, , PA


UNDP has a portfolio of around 100 M USD worth projects under implementation in CC Adaptation in the LAC region in 20 countries, with a considerable pipeline of upcoming initiatives (including a variety of funding sources, such as GEF/TF/SCCF/LDCF, AF, GCF, bilateral donors). In addition, there is a set of projects in the focal areas of ecosystems and biodiversity and international waters that have an ecosystem-based adaptation focus. These projects aim at enhancing resilience to climate risks in key development sectors, livelihoods and resources, including agriculture/food security, water, health, forestry, coastal areas, protected areas. The projects provide support at various levels, including:

  • Integrating CC in national, sub-national and sectoral level policies and strategies;
  • Implementing on-the-ground adaptation solutions in communities;
  • Improving technical capacities (planning, meteorological info systems);
  • The initiatives promote an integrated approach, including ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA), reducing risks to climate-induced disasters, adaptation-mitigation (energy) linkages at territorial level.

Systematic support is also being provided to the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The Regional Hub in Panama also has programmes in disaster risk management, governance and has a regional programme on climate change (providing policy support and application of analytical tools).

Duties and Responsibilities

Main tasks
Preparation of a regional publication on delivering results in climate change adaptation and enhancing resilience in LAC:

  • Compilation and analysis of existing project information (both recently finished, ongoing and pipeline projects) – involves desk research and liaison/coordination with Regional Technical Advisors of the UNDP-GEF Team (including CC-A, Ecosystems, Int. Waters), Country Offices and Project teams;
  • Gathering of visual materials (photos), and quotes/testimonies from project beneficiaries;
  • Supporting the structuring and drafting, editing of the content of the publication;
  • Collaborating with other support persons (editors, media specialists), as well as other teams in the Regional Hub (Disaster Risk Management, Governance, CC Regional Programme);
  • Assist in the UNDP Quality Assurance (QA) process steps for publications.

Assist in project preparation and monitoring/oversight processes:

  • Assis in the preparation and review of project concepts and proposals (data analysis, support in some particular sections);
  • Assist in the review of annual, mid-term and final evaluation reports.

Expected outcomes

  • Baseline information, result data and visual materials gathered and analyzed and structured for the regional publication;
  • A complete draft of the regional publication prepared;
  • UNDP QA processes assisted;
  • Project concepts and proposals are supported;
  • Project reporting processes are supported.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Strong IT skills.

Personal Skills

  • Creative, proactive and supportive;
  • Ability to work in team; creating a positive environment;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to write concise and analytical reports.
Required Skills and Experience


  • Be enrolled in a Master’s degree Programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) related to environment, management of natural resources or climate change; or
  • Have graduated with Master’s degree Programme related to environment, management of natural resources or climate change and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Desired experience or knowledge in project development and implementation support, in analyzing project information and results for knowledge management purposes, in preparation of project reports, information and dissemination documents.

Language Requirements
Fluency in English and Spanish.

Financial Issues
Internships within the UN system are unpaid and subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with prior to signing his/her internship agreement. The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.

Application Procedure
The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance.

Subsequent Employment
The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. 
Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.