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Intern - Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 16/01/2021
Company Name UNDP
Contact Name Human Resources
Website Further Details / Applications
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The main objective of the assignment is to provide daily support to UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub in management of the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation portfolio. The intern will work under the guidance and technical supervision of CC&DRR Team Leader of UNDP for ECIS. He/she will also work closely with the ECIS UNDP Country Offices

Specific tasks are as follows:

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background and the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the CADRI co-hosts in the ECIS region (UNDP and UNICEF) in communicating the CADRI offer to the selected UN RCs as per agreed CADRI regional workplan for 2021.
  • Assist in other basic research i.e. collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Conduct a research to collect and analyses the best practices (globally and in the region) in policy, legislation and institutional arrangements to follow up the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Climate Action in the framework of the UNFCCC. The research will enable better Capacity Exchange planning.
  • Support the preparation of virtual CADRI and DRR/CC events supporting advancing the CADRI agenda in ECIS region;
  • Collaborate with research institutions and other stakeholders within the region to undertake CADRI related research and needs analysis for the implementation of on-going initiatives.
  • Assist in projects planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programme initiatives related to DRR and CCA in the region, including on coherence initiative of UNDRR/UNFCCC.
  • Collaborate in the development of knowledge and communication products content and design.
  • Assist in the drafting of reports and organization of meetings.
  • Assist in preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
  • Assist in administrative and substantive support to meetings and conferences, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics etc.
  • Perform other duties as directed by the Supervisor.


  • Good communication and time management skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.


Required Skills and Experience


(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in environmental science, disaster risk reduction, climate change, or another relevant field;

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent); in in environmental science, disaster risk reduction, climate change, or another relevant field;

(c) Have recently graduated with a university degree in environmental science, disaster risk reduction, climate change, or another relevant field; (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation


  • Relevant professional experience in environment, climate change and/or disaster risk reduction would be a strong advantage;
  • Particularly knowledge of environment, climate change and DRR issues would be a strong advantage;

Language skills:

·      Fluency in written and spoken English is required for this assignment. Knowledge of Russian is an asset

Financial Issues

Internships within the UN system are subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with before signing his/her internship agreement. 

Starting from January 2020 interns may receive stipends according to UN rules and regulations. Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.

Any further 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 arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs. 

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;

Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official document(s) confirming your education status stated in Section 4;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

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. 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.

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