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Org. Setting and Reporting
Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices.
The internship is for a period of two to six months depending on the needs of each office. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Assist in drafting and preparing background documents, reports, issue briefs, talking points, articles, presentations, etc.
Assist in research on data for National risk information, data collection of disaster risk reduction practices and sustainable development issues, assist in preparing reports, good practice examples, and briefings based on data collection, research, and analysis. Provide basic analytics with visuals and graphics using the available data.
Support research on risk knowledge and analysis on DRR-related topics.
Support the mapping and analysis of initiatives and tools on the disaster-data collection, the mapping of NGOs, national red cross societies, and UN agencies that work on disaster-related data; support the mapping of DRR targets and indicators integrated into disaster risk reduction strategies, climate change adaptation strategies and development plans.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
Interested candidates must be pursuing or pursued their degree in areas related to this Job Opening.
In addition, interested candidates must:
– Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
– Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and,
– Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for this internship.
Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates who have been identified as potential will be contacted.
How to apply
For more information and job application details, see; United Nations, for Disaster Risk Reduction Intern Programme Management – Jobs in Kenya