Event Organization and Administration Intern - UNDP Green Commodities Programme
Panama (United States of America)
Most commodity sectors in developing countries are afflicted by poor production practices that lead to increasing pressure on ecosystems and fail to improve the livelihoods of rural communities. Poor production practices lead to negative environmental impacts such as biodiversity loss, deforestation, carbon emissions, soil erosion, depletion of water resources and contamination from chemicals. In fact, the largest driver of deforestation is the production of agricultural commodities. On the social side, working conditions in commodity production are often not in line with basic labor rights. Despite recent commodity booms, small producers are held in poverty, mostly due to low productivity and product quality.
Despite the progress made through standards and supply-chain initiative, weaknesses in the underlying enabling environment limit change at a larger scale. An effective enabling environment consists of elements such as clear public policies, a well-functioning legal framework, clarity regarding land-use planning, effective enforcement mechanisms, accessible credit structures, and effective farmer extension services. As a result of the absence of these elements, work on commodity sustainability remains less effective than it could be, and costlier and more time-consuming than it should be. Improving the enabling environments will increase the chances of sector-wide change to sustainable production practices.
UNDP established the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) in 2009 in recognition of the importance of global agricultural commodities and how they contribute to economic, social and environmental sustainability and the need to strengthen UNDP’s support and leadership in the field. GCP was initiated with seed funding from the UNDP and was tasked to evolve into a global programme supporting UNDP’s Strategic Plan, building on almost a decade of GEF supported projects mainstreaming ecosystem services into productive landscapes. GCP’s global targets, objectives and delivery strategies are based on inclusive and sustainable growth and development – combining governments and markets in agriculture through public private partnerships and democratic dialogue processes. GCP’s focus on strengthening the livelihoods of smallholder producers within commodity supply chains and reducing environmental footprints, particularly deforestation, through public private partnerships can be key for UNDP’s ambitions to reduce poverty, reduce deforestation and engage the private sector in SDGs.
The Green Commodities Programme (GCP) exists to improve the national economic, social and environmental performance of agricultural commodity sectors. GCP works within agricultural commodity production in countries of UNDP operation where the programme can have significant impact on rural livelihoods, mitigate climate change, and maintain the ecosystem services and resilience of landscapes and seascapes.
The GCP has pioneered the concept of National Commodity Platforms to help governments facilitate shared visions and actions for sustainable commodity production among key stakeholders. GCP operates in over 10 countries globally.
Duties and Responsibilities
Main tasks:Support to the UNDP Green Commodities team:•Organization and logistics of project events such as planning workshop and thematic workshops•Travel arrangements, administrative tasks and related correspondence both in Spanish and English•Translation, proof reading and editing of documents;•Preparation of presentations, briefing notes, meeting minutes and reports;•Data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation in flowcharts, tables or slides;•Maintaining internal filing system up to date;•Draft routine correspondence and communications;•Ensure flow of information and dissemination of materials amongst project team, Initiatives, and partners as needs be;•Support and assist project team members, as and when needed•Assist in other project management related tasks, as needed.•Other related tasks.
Competencies:-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 including MS Office;-Excellent writing skills;-Interest in logistics and event organization.
Personal Skills:-Creative, proactive and supportive;-At ease with multitasking and precise;-Able to take initiative and work independently;-Ability to work in team; creating a positive environment;-Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;-Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skill.
Required Skills and Experience
Education, Experience, Language requirementsEducation:Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) such as administration, accounting, business administration, project or event management, logistics or related field;orBe enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) such as administration, accounting, business administration, project or event management, logistics or related field;orHave recently graduated with a university degree such as administration, business administration, accounting, project or event management, logistics or related field and (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation
Experience:- Experience in administrative and accounting tasks is an asset- Experience with event organization is an asset
Language Requirements:Fluency in English and Spanish
Internship ConditionsAs of January 1 2020, Interns may be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme,UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;•Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;•Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;•Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;•Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;•Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;•Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.