Research Intern - CCE Portfolio/Chemicals and Waste Cluster

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th November, 2018

Job Description


What we do?

UNDP Turkey works for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Inclusive and Democratic Governance and Climate Change and Environment. For more than 50 years the UNDP has worked in close partnership with the Turkish Government and numerous national and international institutions, including NGOs, academics and the business community.

UNDP supports Turkey's ambitious reform agenda where EU accession figures prominently.

UNDP Turkey aims to find practical solutions to Turkey's development challenges and manages projects together with the Turkish Government and other partners to address them. Since 1986 it has implemented over 80 programs across the country. In addition, the UNDP has played a major role in response to crises and disasters in Turkey and the surrounding region.

Climate Change and Environment at UNDP

UNDP Turkey Climate Change and Environment Portfolio (CCE) focuses on strengthening the capacity to prevent and respond to environmental degradation, particularly in relation to biodiversity, forest management and chemical waste prevention and management. It is guided not only by UN values, but also by the 11th National Development Plan’s objectives with regards to integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into development planning. The purpose of this portfolio is to improve the implementation of more effective policies and practices on sustainable environment, climate change, biodiversity by national and local authorities and stakeholders including resilience of the system/communities to disasters. UNDP is cooperating with various national counterparts in the referred field, such as Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, General Directorate of Forestry, etc. CCE Portfolio seeks sustainable solutions for climate change adaption and mitigation action across sectors and initiatives to strengthen systems and tools for risk-centered and integrated disaster management and increase the resilience of society by also taking into account of differentiated gender impacts.

One of the projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) is a 4 year long (2015-2019) GEF Full Size Project, namely POPs Legacy Elimination and POPs Release Reduction Project. The objective of the project is to protect human health and the environment globally as well as locally through addressing POPs legacies including elimination of POPs Pesticide and PCB stockpiles, and initiating clean-up of associated POPs and chemical pollutant contaminated sites, as well as dealing with longer term PCB phase out consistent with the country’s Stockholm Convention obligations, reducing U-POPs release in major industrial sectors , and providing targeted institutional, regulatory and technical capacity strengthening, all within a sound chemicals management framework. The project is directed by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. It will meet this objective by eliminating a large POPs pesticide stockpile and associated high concentration POPs waste and PCB stockpiles as well as supporting assessment, cleanup and monitoring of priority POPs contaminated sites involving representative range of site contamination situations, remediation approaches and clean-up financing modalities. The project will also demonstrate the sustainable treatment of cross contaminated PCB transformer units by means of de-halogenation technologies, will provide technical assistance for setting up a national plan for treatment of PCB contaminated transformers, and will provide technical assistance for the establishment of BAT/BEPs among priority U-POPs emitting sectors Additionally the project will support the qualification of needed hazardous waste infrastructure and national technical capability for the ongoing management of POPs and other chemical hazardous wastes as well as supporting the strengthening of institutional and regulatory capacity within an overall chemicals management framework.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance/direct supervision of Chemicals and Waste Cluster Lead of UNDP Turkey Country Office, the intern provides support to the Chemicals and Waste Cluster ensuring high quality of work, accurate, timely and properly performed/documented delivery of Project Activities.

The Research Intern shall work in close collaboration with POPs Elimination and POPs Release Reduction Project Team members and other units/projects of UNDP Turkey CO, as well as Procurement, Operations, Programme and projects staff in the UNDP Turkey Country, and will report to the UNDP Chemicals and Waste Cluster Lead.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Intern

Under the direct supervision of the UNDP Chemicals and Waste Cluster Lead, Research Intern shall assist Project Team members in the following tasks:

  • Participation in meetings with key project staff and consultants to fully determine the content of the work done in the previous years;
  • Provision of clerical support in consolidating and writing the project deliveries of the POPs Project per components, outputs and activities;
  • Participation in archiving project materials (including workshop and meeting notes, published materials produced, etc.);
  • Conducting the assigned literature research in chemicals and waste management and combine reports into concept notes, etc.
  • Delivery of progress report and a presentation summarizing the project to the project team


Functional Competencies

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Strong organizational, time management, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Keeping highest level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Research Intern shall be available for flexible working hours.
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
  • IT skills and experience in the usage of computers and office software packages
  • (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Excellent research skills combined with a proven analytical aptitude
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member
  • Excellent inter-personal and communications skills.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
  • Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience

Application of the UNDP Internship Program MUST, at the time of application, fulfil the following requirement(s):


Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Life Sciences, Engineering or
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent) in Life Sciences, Engineering or
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Experience: No experience required.

Evaluation Process

The applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements above shall be shortlisted and invited for an interview. The candidate who secures the highest score in interview shall be considered for Research Intern Assignment.

Availability & Duration:

  • Available full-time for a minimum period of 6 months with 2 weeks probationary period.
  • Research Intern is expected to work full time: Monday – Friday.

Language: Proficiency in both Turkish and English.


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