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Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

This internship is located within the Disaster Risk Reduction Section (DRS) of the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of ESCAP. The internship is UNPAID and full-time for a period of two to six months, depending on the needs of the division or office. Qualified applicants who can commit to a longer internship duration will be preferred. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) in-person under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer, Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness. Applicants who wish to do their internship remotely will be considered on a case- by-case basis. ESCAP, through the Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness supports member states to address unmet needs in multi-hazard early warning systems and promote social and economic resilience. Enhanced disaster and climate risk management is achieved through regional cooperation and mainstreaming of science, technology and innovation. The ESCAP Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness was established in 2005, originally to support tsunami early warning through a multi-hazard approach. This followed the destructive Indian Ocean Tsunami that occurred in December 2004, which stressed the need for an effective regional disaster preparedness mechanism in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. In 2010, the Trust Fund was broadened to encompass disaster and climate preparedness, and in 2015, it expanded its geographic scope to include SIDS in the Southwest Pacific. For more information on the work of the section, please refer to: and Under the direct supervision of Programme Management Officer, Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness, the intern will support the Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting under the Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness. The intern will be working in a dynamic team. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: i) Communications support to the 20th Commemoration of Indian Ocean Tsunami events and campaign ii) Support in the planning and running of high-level events and consultations on disaster risk reduction with Trust Fund partners and member states, including the 20th Commemoration of the Indian Ocean Tsunami iii) Provide research assistance on unmet needs in early warning systems in Asia and the Pacific, contributing to regional publications iv) Assist in reviewing progress/terminal reports and evaluations of Trust Fund projects, and summarize main findings v) Support the Disaster Risk Reduction Section in day-to-day project activities and tasks

Qualifications/special skills

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent). 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 spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

Additional Information

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to the client.

Intern Specific text

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.

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