Over the past decade more than 1.5 billion people have been affected by disasters that have cost at least US$ 1.3 trillion. Climate change, weak governance, and an increasing concentration of people and assets in areas exposed to natural hazards are driving disaster risk upwards, especially in poor and fragile countries. UNDP’s support to countries on climate change and disaster resilience is shaped by three important global agreements: the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UNDP works with countries to help them reduce greenhouse gases and advance a long-term goal of risk-informed zero-carbon development. At the same time, we work together with partners to adapt to the impacts of climate change, enhance access to clean energy, reduce the risk of disasters and, where needed, support resilient disaster recovery. Taken all together, these efforts are the path towards sustainable development that is risk-informed, zero-carbon and resilient.
UNDP’s work integrates issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at the country level, focusing on resilience building and ensuring development remains risk-informed and sustainable. To do this we assist governments in systematically and comprehensively delivering on risk-informed development through the communication, reduction and management of risk.
To support the achievement of UNDP’s strategic plan outcomes, as well as global agendas i.e. Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Sendai Framework of Actions for DRR and the sustainable development goals, the UNDP Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction team (CDT), under the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) focuses on four thematic areas:
To support these CDT thematic areas, the CDT partnership team posted in Geneva works more specifically on initiatives and programmes focused on partnership engagement and global knowledge management. Two interns are required to work on some of the diverse work of the team.
A first position is to support some of the key programmes being implemented out of Geneva around risk and preparedness:
Secondly, an intern position is required to work with the team on a range of private sector and insurance for development work including:
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this internship is to provide support in implementation CDT partnership programme/projects in drafting various reports, support research analysis, communication articles and creation of various online tools & documents that is required to keep the team work streamlined.
The internship will be part of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Team (CDT) under the overall umbrella of the CDT partnership advisor based in Geneva with reporting and working closely with the programme analyst, the intern will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
The second intern will report to the special advisor, external engagement within the climate/disaster/energy team of UNDP. Their primary responsibility will be to:
Required Skills and Experience
Internship for research and report development support (2 positions)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭