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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Ulaanbaatar
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Banking and Finance
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-21

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Intern to Biodiversity finance initiative (BIOFIN) (Proofread and edit reports in English)

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)


The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is a global partnership available in 30 countries including Mongolia. BIOFIN is managed by United Nations Development Programme Country Office (UNDP CO), and funded by the European Commission and the Governments of Flanders, Germany, Norway and Switzerland. UNDP believes a transformation is needed in the way biodiversity finance is planned and managed, unlocking resources to meet the Aichi Targets, defined in the CBD’s Strategic Plan 2011-2020. Primary goal of BIOFIN is to build a sound business case for increased investment in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Guided by a global steering committee representing the partners, BIOFIN global team developed a methodology for quantifying the biodiversity finance gap at national level, for improving cost-effectiveness through mainstreaming of biodiversity into national development and sectoral planning, and for developing comprehensive national finance strategies. Since the commencement of the project in Mongolia, the national team has completed the main outputs under Component 1-3, including: 1) Biodiversity Policy and Institutional Review; 2) Biodiversity Expenditure Review; 3) Finance needs assistance; and 4) Biodiversity Finance Plan (BFP). UNDP CO is seeking an intern to proofread/finalize the reports in English and provide administrative support to the project team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general supervision and guidance of the project coordinator the intern will be responsible for proofreading and editing the reports in English. She/he is also expected to provide administrative support to the project team. Key duties and responsibilities will include:

·         Proofread reports (PIR, BER, FNA, BFP) in English;

·         Edit and improve the English version of the reports;

·         Liaise with project team and pertinent stakeholders to develop an executive summary of the reports;

·         Assist in developing communication products;

·         Provide administrative support to project team and engage in project activities;

·         Support in conducting researches and collecting data as requested.

·         Perform any other substantive and/or administrative task that might be required.


·         Basic understanding of the concepts and challenges of development issues;

·         Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills;

·         Ability to follow up immediately and facilitates solutions to challenges;

·         Ability to focus on a variety of tasks within deadlines and to work under time pressure; 

·         Strong work ethics and commitment;

·         Team player organized and resourceful.

Required Skills and Experience

Eligibility requirements

1.         Commit at least 15 hours per week and work in the office for the duration of 3 months;

2.         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);

(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.


·         Degree in environmental studies, environmental economics, communications, social science, or a closely related field, or another field combined with relevant work experience;

·         Experience in proofreading, editing or revising reports is desirable;

·         Excellent command of written English is a must.

Note: Native speaker preferred

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to review the details of the ToR. Please submit the the personally tailored resume, a copy of your national ID and/or student ID

The contact details (email and telephone number) of at least three (3) academic or professional references if available

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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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