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INTERNSHIP-Call for Application


Grade : N/A

Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : [[5-JUN-2020]]


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



Provide support to implement activities particularly related to e-learning, open sciences and science communication within the thematic areas of Climate Change, Water Resources, Water-Related Disasters, Adaptation, and Capacity Development in accordance with UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) programme Water-Related Disaster and Hydrological Change (Theme 1) and Addressing Water Scarcity (Theme 3) of the approved 40C/5 work plan.

To support IHP work on launching e-learning, open sciences, distance learning for water resources in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought havoc on the planet. The internship will be teleworking but considered as full time and reporting to Water Sciences Division.

Long Description


• Provide support and assistance to implement e-learning, open sciences and distance learning activities a focus on science communication related to thematic areas; climate change, water resources, water scarcity, water-related disasters and adaptation strategies organized by HSS;

• Prepare list of participants, and provide logistical support and assist to prepare web-based meetings and workshop organized by HSS sessions

• Prepare e-brochures and web-based dissemination materials;

• Support to prepare communication material of the planned events;

• Provide support to IHP and Water Science Division related task as required.

Long Description


• The intern will learn about the mandate and activities of the International Intergovernmental Scientific Programme –International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO

• Through involvement in different IHP activities, the intern will learn IHP’s core pillars of implementation IHP VIII (2014-2021) ‘Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’

• The intern will have exposures to IHP e-learning, open science and distance learning activities focusing on developing tools, data and methodologies to address climate change impacts on Water Resources.

• The intern will learn dissemination of scientific information through UNESCO water networks such as centers and Chairs.

Long Description

Working Section

Section for Hydrological Systems & Water Scarcity, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


Enrolled in an undergraduate programme in a Science related field or in Development studies






Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

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Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


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