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Intern – Urban Risk Management and Resilience (Homebased)

Intern – Urban Risk Management and Resilience (Homebased)

CAREER CATEGORYPublic Administration
SALARYNot Specified
DURATION6 months
DEADLINE01 March 2024

Intern – Urban Risk Management and Resilience (Homebased)


UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, reduction of inequalities and building resilience to crises, shocks and disaster/climate risks in an effort to safeguard development. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and access cutting edge technical and advisory support in the pursuit of their sustainable development objectives. UNDP’s policy work is carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, and forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge that contextualizes global perspectives and advocacy.

Recognizing the imperatives brought about by rapidly evolving development and risk management landscape, UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN) works across knowledge domains and thematic areas to support countries and communities identify context specific development interventions, in support of the signature solutions and outcomes envisioned in the UNDP Strategic Plan (2022-2025). The GPN also aims to provide rapid and integrated support to UNDP country offices, combining policy advice, technical expertise, financial resources, agile tools and procedures, and partnerships.

Within the GPN, the Crisis Bureau (CB) guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-related strategies and vision for risk reduction, crisis prevention, response and recovery and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery for Building Resilience Team (DRT) supports the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR (2015-2030) by providing integrated policy and programme support on disaster risk reduction and recovery in the context of UNDP’s broader approach to resilience building. It fosters mainstreaming of disaster/climate risk reduction as a key element to deliver sustainable development at the national, sub-national and sectoral level with a focus on integrated approaches and the mainstreaming of risk considerations across other strands of the 2030 Agenda.

One of the key focus areas under DRT’s strategy and its technical, policy and programmatic support to countries relates to urban risk management and resilience. Given the rapidly urbanizing world, concentration of socio-economic development assets and increasing evidence of accumulation of disaster and climate risks in urban areas, the primacy of addressing/reducing urban risks and fostering resilience has become a sine qua non for achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda including the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda, Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for DRR.

Over the past decade, UNDP has implemented several urban risk management and resilience building projects at global, regional, national and city level to support local and municipal authorities on different facets of urban risk management and resilience. Recognizing the convergence of thematic workstreams like climate adaptation and mitigation, sustainable development, inclusive growth, local governance, poverty eradication, migration, crisis prevention, fragility and disaster/climate risk reduction etc. in urban contexts, the need to advance an integrated approach addressing different dimensions of resilience and all typologies of risks in a comprehensive manner has been strongly felt. As a key milestone in the process, DRT conducted an analysis of the policy and programmatic work on urban risks and resilience over the past decade identifying existing demands and emerging needs in ‘A Decade of Urban Resilience: An Analytical Review’, which informed the development of the ‘Urban Risk Management and Resilience Strategy’ to advance policy, programmatic and technical action at national and sub-national level.

The need to strengthen UNDP’s urban risk management and resilience thematic area and to augment partnerships with key actors and stakeholders to implement global, regional, national and city-level urban resilience programs has gained urgency. One of the key areas inviting greater focus from city counterparts and offering significant potential to contribute towards advancing urban risk management and resilience related programmatic work pertains to effective water governance at city level to catalyze urban resilience through improved management of water resources and reduced consequences of water-related risks within an urban context.

Task Description

In line with the needs and priorities above, both the thematic focus areas have assumed greater centrality within the on-going urban resilience related programs – while constituting key components of upcoming global, regional and national/city-level initiatives.

With a view to scale-up DRT’s capacity to support the process of programmatic advancement of the urban risk management and resilience building strategy, it is considered essential to augment technical expertise around these areas. Accordingly, the scope of work and key objectives of the assignment(s) as envisaged to be performed by the Intern are as follows viz. 

Improved water governance to build water resilience

  1. Identify tools and methodologies to assess water infrastructure and services to identify gaps and needs to build water resilience;
  2. Research and identify potential interventions to improve access to and to ensure effective delivery of water resources;
  3. Research and review good practices and successful initiatives for integrated water governance for sustainable water resource management and risk reduction;
  4. Identify potential for application of digital technologies and innovation to improve provision, supply, management and monitoring of water infrastructure and services; and
  5. Support development of contextual water resource management interventions like water and rainwater harvesting, recycling, waste reduction and other innovative practices with potential for being advanced as part of community-led approaches towards urban resilience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme or in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) with focus on focus on urban planning, architecture, disaster management, climate change, environment, water resource management and related academic areas; or

(b) Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a)  and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

(c) Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

The applicant should be enrolled in a programme, as stated in requirements (a).


  • Fluency in English, both oral and written is required.
  • Working knowledge of other official UN languages (preferably French or Spanish) is an asset

Additional Information

  • Good understanding and familiarity with disaster and climate risk related issues, climate adaptation, urban planning and development, sustainable development, etc. will be desirable including a discipline relevant to resilience building and sustainable development.
  • Relevant academic/research experience in areas relevant to the objectives of the Internship.
  • Research and analytical orientation and demonstration of understanding of 2030 Agenda including Sendai Framework, New Urban Agenda, SDGs, urban resilience etc.  
  • Familiarity with appropriate IT tools and emerging technologies and knowledge of using the Adobe Creative Suite and MS tools etc.
  • Strong organization, inter-personal skills and ability to work in a team environment with cultural sensitivity and ability to engage with a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Sound computer skills, experience using web-based applications, social media and data management systems including Power BI.

How To Apply?

Interested candidates should apply for this opportunity by following the link below:

Carlos Seth

Carlos Seth is an international recruitment consultant with more than 10 years experience in global recruitment and executive search.

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