Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project Internship (Gender Sensitive Agriculture Research Intern)
Colombo (Sri Lanka)
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. The UNDP Programme adopts a UN inter-agency approach, and has built partnerships with a range of stakeholders, from government ministries and local government agencies to community-based and non-government organizationsGovernment of Sri Lanka secured financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through UNDP to implement the Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project with an aim to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers in the Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events.The Project will benefit 770,500 people living in three river basins (i.e. Mi Oya, Malwathu Oya, and Yan Oya) directly through investments in irrigation, drinking water and disaster risk management. Moreover, another 1.2 million people living in these districts will indirectly be benefitedfrom the project through increased capacities of the Agrarian Services centres and early warning systems. The Project will be implemented in seven Dry Zone districts (i.e. Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Vavuniya, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Trincomalee, and Mannar) over seven years starting from 2017. The Project covers three key Outputs:Output 1: Climate resilient investment to rehabilitate small tank-based cascading systems and related infrastructure and facilitate sustainable, climate-proof agricultural practices in targeted areas Output 2: Investments to increase access to and quality of drinking water in remote and rural areas through a multi-pronged partnership approach that seeks to replenish sources, build storage, purify contaminated water and address root causes of water quality issuesOutput 3: Improve community access to timely early warning for flood and drought to avoid losses and impacts on key livelihood assets. This includes the generation, coding, modelling, dissemination and access to weather related data/knowledge including advise and early warning.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Internship is based in Kurunegala, and the intern will work alongside the NGO Field Coordination Officer based in Anuradhapura. The intern will work under the direct supervision of the UNDP Field Coordination Officer and the academic supervision will be by the Faculty of Agriculture & Plantation Management of Wayamba University The specific tasks are outlined below:
- Identification of gender roles in relation to agriculture in the project areas
- Identifying how climate change has impacted agriculture in these areas
- Identifying shifts and changes that have taken place in gender roles as a result of climate change
- Proactive (able to pro-actively undertake tasks that fall under the TOR)
- Team Player
- Excellent writing skills
- Quick learner
- Good computer skills
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet the following requirements: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 :Gender studies OR Development Studies OR Disaster Risk Reduction OR Environment & Sustainability with an exposure to data analysis 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.Additionally:
- Excellent command of written and spoken English required and proficiency in Sinhala and/or Tamil will be an advantage
- Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail
- Ability to write clearly and concisely
- Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.
- Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, interpersonal).