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Climate Change– COP26 Research Internship

New Delhi (India)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi (India)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-28

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Background

UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities, poverty and exclusion while protecting the planet. UNDP helps countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships, and institutions so they can sustain a multidimensional level of progress that extends beyond economic gains. UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from systems and institutional strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, as well as sustainable energy, environment, and resilience. 

The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021. The event will bring together climate negotiators from 196 countries, including India, as well as businesses, organizations and experts in the field. COP26 is expected to emphasize on issues on carbon neutrality, carbon pricing, climate risk disclosure, scaling up green financial instruments, embedding climate into economic and financial priorities, and enhancing NDCs. Countries and block of countries are working on various elements of these priorities. UNDP intends to consolidate insights coming from various sources and support the Government of India in run upto COP26 to better understand priorities, issues and challenges, roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders. 

The research intern will be responsible for supporting the Chief, Climate Change, Resilience, NR and Chemicals Management in research and overall support in the run up to COP26. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of Chief, Climate Change, Resilience, NR and Chemicals Management, UNDP India the intern is expected to:

  • Create a repository of key highlights / viewpoints on issues discussed in previous COPs and subsidiary meetings on climate change negotiations
  • Support the team in identifying the main issues at stake at COP26, its importance and analysis of viewpoints of developed and developing countries
  • Support the team in developing reports / discussion papers for the Government of India in the runup to COP26.
  • Support the team in organizing side-events and/or discussions at the COP26.
  • Support the project team in conducting research and reviewing discussion papers / articles on topics such as “climate and SDGs” , adaptation and resilience, climate finance and technology.
  • Any other task as advised by the team.

Competencies

Competencies: 

  • Strong sense of collaborative work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Excellent designing skills;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • Is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

 Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) on relevant subject such as Environmental / Climate Change Studies.  

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) on relevant subject such as as Environmental / Climate Change Studies.  

(c) Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above);

(d) Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.  

Skills: 

  • Excellent understanding about climate change, international relations & negotiations in the Environmental field.
  • Good understanding on issues such as Climate Change, energy, international and national negotiation on climate change issues.
  • Experience of working with/ volunteering with research institutes/ civil society organisations on climate change research projects/
  • Ability to produce quality document with quick turnaround time.
  • Experience in writing blogs, features, articles & documenting gender specific case studies would be an asset.
  • Good team player and ability to adapt to change in work environment.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English, while understanding of Hindi is desirable.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE/ HOW TO APPLY : MANDATORY REQUIREMENT

THE APPLICATION SHOULD CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING:

The completed “Internship Intern Form” available on the UNDP India website at Internship Intern Form (available at: Jobs/Internships | UNDP in India) should be completed along with a current and detailed Resume. 

Please group the above two documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload document.

Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents, upon selection: :

Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in their undergraduate or graduate-level degree programme;

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.

Working arrangements:

Interns may be given a stipend according to UNDP Internship Policy, if it is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government foundation or scholarship programme. A stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. Interns must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan.

Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes. 

The intern is 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 are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity. 

The purpose of the internship 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.  The intern will be evaluated at the end of the internship.

IMPORTANT: Family relationships are required to be disclosed in order to avoid real or perceived family influence or conflict of interest, within UNDP. If the candidate/ hiring manager has not disclosed that he/she was related to an individual employed by UNDP in whatever contractual modality and irrespective of the nature of the family relationship, this may constitute a basis for withdrawing the offer of internship or, if the internship has started, to terminate it without notice or indemnity.  

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 be required to undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 

 

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