Location : Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline : 20-May-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 10-Jun-2016
Duration of Initial Contract : 3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 6 Months
Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1998, for decades UNDP has provided assistance to disaster-prone countries globally prevent, prepare for and recover from disasters associated with natural hazards. UNDP works through a network of 177 country offices and is one of the largest global public-sector actors in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). UNDP's DRR and recovery programmes spread over 163 countries with average annual expenditures over US$195 million, with similar scale programming also on climate change adaptation and mitigation. UNDP plays an important and unique role in supporting high risk countries to achieve their development goals by reducing loss to life and assets, and by strengthening long term resilience. UNDP works with governments at national and local levels to ensure that climate change and DRR responses are nationally-led and owned, as well as integrated into national development planning.
At UNDP, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development are one and the same. Disasters, while linked to natural hazards, are exacerbated by poor, risk-blind development decisions that expose people and communities to risk. Conversely, disasters destroy development gains and trap people in poverty. It is clear therefore that sustainable development cannot happen without DRR. UNDP's work integrates issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at the country level, focusing on resilience building and ensuring development remains risk-informed and sustainable. To do this we assist governments in systematically and comprehensively delivering on risk-informed development through the communication, reduction and management of risk.
Over the period 2005-2014, UNDP has invested 1.7 billion in building resilience and providing support to countries in DRR and recovery. Under the new UNDP Strategic Plan for the years 2014-2017, the focus on DRR is reflected against two corporate outcomes: Outcome 5: Countries are able to reduce the likelihood of conflict, and lower the risk of natural disasters, including from climate change;
Outcome 6: Early recovery and rapid return to sustainable development pathways are achieved in post-conflict and post-disaster situations;
To support these outcomes, as well as the Hyogo and Frameworks for Action (HFA) and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the UNDP Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction team (CDT), under the new Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), has developed three strategic objectives on Disaster and Risk Reduction:
Duties and Responsibilities
The internship will be part of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Team (CDT) under the overall umbrella of the CDT Climate and Disaster advisor based in Geneva with reporting and working closely with CDT personnel, the intern will perform one or more of the following duties and responsibilities: Maintain and actively update collection of climate change and disaster risk reduction donor policies and mapping of program activities;
Required Skills and Experience
Conditions of the Internship:
Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents:
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.
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