Climate Justice Intern

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Sunday, April 7, 2019, 11:45pm


United States

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The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice. 

UNRISD is now accepting applications for a three-month internship position (with the possibility of extension to six months), starting in May or June 2019, to assist the Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development Programme’s work on climate change response in cities. 

The work will include a number of research-related and administrative tasks for two main projects, phase 2 of Just Transition Research Collaborative (40%), and Transformative Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Cities(40%), as well as communications and outreach support for the Risk-Nexus-Initiative (20%).

While at UNRISD, the intern will be asked to:

  • provide general research assistance related to the topics of just transition, climate justice and climate change adaptation with a focus on cities
  • assist with the preparation and editing of publications and project outputs, including copyediting and formatting of individual contributions, and preparing content for website and social media postings
  • assist with the organization of workshops and other project-related events
  • contribute to ongoing tasks related to project management, including keeping track of activities and drafting meeting notes and reports
  • support communications and outreach work for the Risk-Nexus-Initiative, including the drafting of content for the website, liaising with the initiative’s partners to compile content and news items, crafting of social media posts

Qualifications, skills and competencies

  • Education in geography, development studies, sociology, public policy or a related field at an accredited university, with academic and/or professional experience in issues related to climate change and disaster risk reduction. We are especially interested in candidates with strong expertise in social aspects of climate change and climate policy (e.g. environmental/climate justice, adaptation and development, disaster risk reduction).
  • Written and spoken fluency in English, knowledge of other UN languages an asset.
  • Ability to work effectively on a team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and take initiative.
  • Experience with crafting communications material and social media posts and asset.
  • Experience with editing (substantive and copy-editing) an asset.

This UNRISD internship is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the UN Internship Programme.

  • At the time of application, applicants must meet one of the following requirements (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns);
  • (i) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • (ii) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) or;
  • (iii) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (i) and (ii) above) and, if selected, commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  • Interns are not financially remunerated;
  • UNRISD is not responsible for interns' travel expenses to and from Geneva, or for mandatory medical insurance during the period of the internship.

The deadline for applications is 7 April 2019 (23:59 Central European Time), with a start date in May or June to be mutually agreed upon. The usual duration of the internship is three months, with the possibility of extension to up to six months.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this position, please apply online by clicking the button below. Please use the "motivation" section to submit a cover letter specifying your interests and qualifications, making clear how your expertise relates to the work in the Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development Programme and tasks specified above. 

The “statement section” can be used to underline your knowledge and interest in the topic of climate justice. Kindly note that, due to limited staff resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a skype or telephone interview to take place in the second half of April.


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Dunja Krause

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