UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries’ efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.
UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:
• Sustainable development
• Democratic governance and peacebuilding
• Climate and disaster resilience
In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.
Internship Office Background
Most commodity sectors in developing countries are afflicted by poor production practices that lead to increasing pressure on ecosystems and fail to improve the livelihoods of rural communities. Poor production practices lead to negative environmental impacts such as biodiversity loss, deforestation, carbon emissions, soil erosion, depletion of water resources and contamination from chemicals. In fact, the largest driver of deforestation is the production of agricultural commodities. On the social side, working conditions in commodity production are often not in line with basic labor rights. Despite recent commodity booms, small producers are held in poverty, mostly due to low productivity and product quality.
Despite the progress made through standards and supply-chain initiatives, weaknesses in the underlying enabling environment limit change at a larger scale. An effective enabling environment consists of elements such as clear public policies, a well-functioning legal framework, clarity regarding land-use planning, effective enforcement mechanisms, accessible credit structures, and effective farmer extension services. As a result of the absence of these elements, work on commodity sustainability remains less effective than it could be, and costlier and more time-consuming than it should be. Improving the enabling environments will increase the chances of sector-wide change to sustainable production practices.
UNDP established the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) in 2009 in recognition of the importance of global agricultural commodities and how they contribute to economic, social and environmental sustainability and the need to strengthen UNDP’s support and leadership in the field. GCP was initiated with seed funding from the UNDP and was tasked to evolve into a global programme supporting UNDP’s Strategic Plan, building on almost a decade of GEF supported projects mainstreaming ecosystem services into productive landscapes. GCP’s global targets, objectives and delivery strategies are based on inclusive and sustainable growth and development – combining governments and markets in agriculture through public private-partnerships and democratic dialogue processes. GCP’s focus on strengthening the livelihoods of smallholder producers within commodity supply chains and reducing environmental footprints, particularly deforestation, through public-private partnerships can be key for UNDP’s ambitions to reduce poverty, reduce deforestation and engage the private sector in SDGs.
The Green Commodities Programme (GCP) exists to improve the national economic, social, and environmental performance of agricultural commodity sectors. GCP works within agricultural commodity production in countries of UNDP operation where the programme can have significant impact on rural livelihoods, mitigate climate change, and maintain the ecosystem services and resilience of landscapes and seascapes.
The GCP has pioneered the concept of National Commodity Platforms to help governments facilitate shared visions and actions for sustainable commodity production among key stakeholders. GCP operates in over 10 countries globally.
GCP is coordinating the Good Growth Partnership (GGP) Program, an integrated “supply chain” approach to tackling the underlying root causes of deforestation from agriculture commodities, specifically beef, oil palm, and soy, which together account for nearly 70% of deforestation globally. The GGP Program is delivered through a multi-agency consortium including WWF, IFC, UNEP, and CI. The Program provides support to production, generate responsible demand, support enabling transactions and foster adaptive management and learning through multiple child projects. UNDP GCP is implementing the production project within the GGP which includes global support and activities in three target countries (Paraguay, Liberia and Indonesia), as well as the Adaptive Management & Learning project (in partnership with WWF) focusing on programme level coordination, knowledge management, community of practice development, communication and partnerships.
Within the Green Commodities Programme (GCP), and under the supervision of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist, the GCP MEL Team operates to ensure adequate monitoring, evaluation and learning of the GCP programme, and of a range of projects within the GCP portfolio, including the Good Growth Partnership (GGP).
The Data Analysis Intern will constitute integral part of the team, and assist the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist in delivering on the MEL Agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
Support to the UNDP Green Commodities Programme (GCP) team and specifically the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist in:
– Quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, and visualization in dashboards, flowcharts, tables or slides;
– Preparation of draft reports, presentations, and other materials;
– Other relevant tasks as needed.
Competencies and Skills
– Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
– Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
– Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
– Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
– Interest and motivation in working in an international organization.
– Mastery of MS Office package;
– Experience with GIS and handling geospatial data is an advantage;
– Excellent writing and editing skills.
– Strong qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and visualization skills.
– Experience with developing dashboards is an advantage
– Creative, proactive and supportive;
– Able to take initiative and work independently.
– Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities.
– Ability to work in team, creating a positive environment.
– Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
– Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Requirements and Qualifications
a) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor level or equivalent) in Development Studies or other relevant study area, such as social sciences, environmental studies, economics, global development, or any other related field.
b) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Development Studies or other relevant study area, such as social sciences, environmental studies, economics, global development, or any other related field.
c) Have graduated with a university degree such as defined in (a) and (b) in Development Studies or other relevant study area, such as social sciences, environmental studies, economics, global development, or any other related field and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
Mastery of MS Office package;
Strong qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and visualization skills;
Excellent writing and editing skills;
Experience with GIS and handling geospatial data is an advantage;
Experience with developing dashboards is an advantage.
Fluent English and Spanish
All internships should be on a full teleworking/ telecommuting basis until further notice. (Remote Internship / Home Based).
As of January 1 2020, Interns may be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme.
•UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
•Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
•Interns must provide proof of enrolment in Health Insurance Plan valid for the location, and the duration of the internship.
•Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
•Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
•UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months;
•Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas, arranging travel, accommodation.
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