The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the focus of the political process to address climate change. The secretariat supports the Convention, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement by a range of activities, including substantive and organizational support to meetings of the Parties.
The Adaptation Division of the UNFCCC secretariat supports the intergovernmental process relating to adaptation. This process includes activities relating to national adaptation plans, the Nairobi work programme, the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage and its Executive Committee, the Adaptation Committee, the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform, adaptation communications and the adaptation registry. The Adaptation Division also engages Parties and stakeholders, including national, regional, multilateral and international organizations, across public and private sectors, civil society and other relevant stakeholders.
The intern is expected to contribute to the work on coordinating the collaborative implementation of the Paris Agreement, especially in relation to external communications on adaptation. The intern is expected to perform a range of research, compilation and drafting related tasks, including but not limited to:
- Undertaking background research of the latest news and developments in the area of climate change adaptation in and outside the negotiation process.
- Supporting the work on external communications by researching, drafting and disseminating adaptation-related information through the secretariat’s and programme’s communication channels;
- Supporting Adaptation programme’s events and outputs (ex. newsletters, social posts, articles, documents) from a communications perspective;
- Undertaking background research on the programme’s communications channels and structure in order to identify possible ways to enhance its use or propose new ones.
- Candidates must be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree (minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) or a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) at a recognized university at the time of application and during the entire period of internship.
- Candidates must be fluent in English (both oral and written) and have strong writing and note-taking skills. Knowledge of additional UN languages is an asset.
- Preference is given to candidates studying in the fields of economics, development studies, environmental sciences, international relations, or other related fields with good understanding of climate change and its negotiating process.
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