INTERN – “ADDRESSING CC IMPACT THROUGH WILDFIRES MANAGEMENT”
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Three months (with possible extension of another three months)
(Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract: Internship
Post Level: Intern
Starting Date(date when the selected candidate is expected to start): 04-Jun-2018
This project will help address the critical issue of forest and wild fire risks exaggerated under the climate change, by supporting national partners building necessary technical capacity and establishing sustainable practices of monitoring, prevention and coordination of roles and responsibilities during suppression of forest fires. The project thus will contribute to the application of sustainable forest management practices enhancing carbon sink, as well as conservation of carbon in agriculture lands and protection of forest ecosystems’ rich biodiversity.
The stated objectives can be ensured through provision of assistance for improvement and enforcement of the relevant policy and regulatory framework, strengthening forest fire early warning and monitoring systems, establishment of clear roles and responsibilities of corresponding national structures, and developing their technical capacity to execute their mandates. The project will provide for contemporary equipment, technologies, and other capacities to consolidate the efforts of respective stakeholders at regional and national levels.
The project will involve forest neighbouring communities in all project activities as key stakeholder and steward for sustainable management of forest resources, including assistance in transfer and application of climate change mitigation innovative technological solutions, e.g. production of pellets and bricks; energy efficient stoves, involving them in agroforestry system through cooperation with technology accelerator, thus generating income, and jobs.
The project builds on a number of past and current UNDP activities in the area of sustainable management of natural resources and disaster risk reduction. The project foresees significant cooperation with the Russian Federation, both through technical and advisory support and in terms of technology transfer.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties and responsibilities of the Intern will include:
- Assistance with collection of data on existing approaches to wildfire prevention and monitoring, classification of forest fire danger, as well as relevant projects implemented, under implementation or planned in the region;
- Assistance with conduction of thematic research focusing on innovations that could be adopted and prototyped within Wildfire Project;
- Provision of support in maintaining social media pages of the Project, Climate Change Tech Accelerator and development/update of the Project Web content;
- Provision of support in development of project outreach materials, project factsheets, maps, publications, as well as organization of Project-related events in cooperation with Project Assistant.
- Provision of support with translation and interpretation services from/to English and Armenian of letters, documents and during meetings, draft letters when required.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- High level of motivation, ability to show initiative and work independently;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Ability to focus on a variety of tasks within a deadline-driven environment;
- Excellent interpersonal and representational skills;
- Effective communications skills;
- Demonstrable skills in analytical thinking, research and policy development;
- Ability to work efficiently and maintain positive interpersonal relationships while under pressure from tight deadlines;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Required Skills and Experience
a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Natural Sciences, Forestry, Social Sciences or related field;
b) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
Computer skills: Proficient in MS Office (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.), Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator skills are considered as an asset.
Languages: Fluency in English and Armenian. Knowledge of Russian is an asset.
Note: Please be aware that internships with UNDP are not paid.
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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