Environmental Affairs Intern

Economic Commission for Africa
Posted On:
June 14, 2024
Experience Level
Entry Level
Job Type
Work Mode
Bangkok, Thailand
Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting The Environment and Development Division, Sustainable Urban Development Section internship is for a minimum period of 2 months with an opportunity for extension up to 6 months, if required by the division. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. The Sustainable Urban Development Section works with member States and key stakeholders to promote sustainable and inclusive urban development in Asia and the Pacific through a programme of work focused on:

  1. Developing and disseminating knowledge products that foster enhanced awareness and informed decision-making;
  2. Providing technical assistance and supporting capacity development;
  3. Strengthening intergovernmental processes; and
  4. Networking and partnership development, among others. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
    Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  5. Provide succinct analysis of current and emerging issues and trends of urban development processes in the Asia-Pacific region (30%)
  6. Conduct research and identify case studies on urban policies and programmes and their impact on inclusive, sustainable and resilient development in the Asia-Pacific region (30%)
  7. Assist with various tasks linked to organizational and substantive dimensions of programme and project implementation (20%)
  8. If applicable, provide support to organize and conduct meetings relevant to the work of the section, including the drafting of documents, preparation for and backstopping of Intergovernmental meetings, and follow-up activities (10%)
  9. Participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the Section, such as servicing requests for information, support for developing presentations, updating of web pages on the section’s work etc. (10%)
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Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.

Company Info
Economic Commission for Africa
The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is a centre for knowledge generation and delivery to strengthen, influence and enable the transition to climate-resilient, inclusive, and sustainable development through responsive policies, plans and programmes towards transformed economies, healthy ecosystems, and human wellbeing. ACPC was established in 2008 at the First Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (COM) and became operational in 2010 with the dual mandate to provide climate policy guidance to member countries and to serve as the secretariat of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme. The ACPC was created with the intention of mainstreaming climate change into the work of ECA to support Africa countries and to enable African countries build economies that are climate resilient because, Africa’s core economic sectors are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate variability and change. Taking agriculture as an example, the sector contributes to around 30 per cent of GDP and employs up to 80 per cent of the population but the sector is highly vulnerable to rainfall variability and shifting seasons, and future projection are not promising. More efforts are needed to cap the GHG and transitioning to low carbon development. According to the Global Stoke Take reports, the current national commitments fall short by 20.3 to 23.9 gigatons of CO2 equivalent compared to the levels required to limit warming to 1.5 °C by 2030. To achieve the Paris Agreement targets, the GHG emissions must be cut by 40% by 2030 and by 60% by 2035 from the 2019 levels, and ultimately reach the net zero CO2. Therefore, bold transformative changes across all sectors are needed increase mitigation efforts by scaling up renewable energy investments while phasing out fossil fuels, and curtailing deforestation to curb global warming. Notwithstanding enhanced mitigation efforts, strengthening adaptation measures are needed to cope with intensifying climate impacts, particularly for communities least equipped to handle them. These impacts escalate with each fraction of a degree of global warming, with some effects becoming irreversible if temperatures rise beyond 1.5°C. Accordingly, the GST invited organizations in a position to provide capacity-building support in the preparation and communication of the next NDCs. In particular, African countries will require significant support on various aspects of NDC preparation and implementation.
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