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Work with us: Intern – Climate Change and Monitoring and Evaluation

25 November 2022

The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) is currently recruiting an Intern to support with the collection, analysis and visualisation of data as part of ICAT’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Uptake (MELU) framework. The framework aims to capture the impact of ICAT’s work in countries.

The incumbent may also be asked to conduct background research related to different aspects of ICAT’s work and activities, in particular in relation to the work progress in developing climate action transparency frameworks implemented together with the ICAT beneficiary countries. The research findings will be used by the Secretariat as input for ICAT’s impact assessment and other planning activities, and for material to be used for outreach purposes. 

Please visit the UNOPS website for the full vacancy announcement.

Duty station: Bonn, Germany

Contract type: Full time – Internship

Contract level: N/A

Duration: 6 months (preferable start date February or June/July 2023)

Application closes: 7 December 2022


1. Main Responsibilities:

MELU Reporting:

  • Liaise with ICATs implementing partners to support the collection and collation, review and analysis of data for the MELU framework;
  • Ensure timely provision of surveys related to the MELU KPIs and follow up where required. This includes keeping track of new BUR, National Communication, NDC submissions and End of Project Surveys;
  • Assist in interpretation of trends and drawing insights from project and survey data;
  • Support the further development of the MELU framework based on experience in data collection and analysis, this includes supporting an external consultancy commissioned to review ICAT’s impact so far and the MELU framework with provision of data and contacts with implementing partners;
  • Assist with developing strategic information, including data visuals and reports, that communicates key evidence with diverse stakeholders.

Grants Management Support:

  • Assist the tracking and review of deliverables under ICAT Grant Support Agreements;
  • Assist maintenance of dashboards used for Grants management;
  • Assist the review of Grant Agreements and Grant Agreement Amendments.

Research support:

  • Assist with background research on aspects related to the work of ICAT, in particular analyzing the role ICAT plays globally in supporting countries to build their institutional transparency infrastructure. Assistance will also be required for research on specific topics related to the countries covered by ICAT, with a focus on their GHG emissions and climate policies and actions in a global, regional and national perspective, in particular, the importance of their NDCs, the sectors covered by ICAT work, and other parameters;
  • Assist analysis and assessment of the different ICAT transparency initiatives and their contribution and impact on ICAT countries’ climate policies and actions aimed at contributing to the implementation of transparency frameworks and further enhancing of their NDCs;
  • Assist on compiling metrics used by countries as part of the climate action MRV, besides emissions data;
  • Assist the preparation of statistical charts, tables and reports, extracting data from various sources to contribute to the preparation of background papers and outreach material;
  • Assist the preparation of background research for the preparation of meeting notes and draft work plans for ICAT projects;
  • Perform other duties as required based on ICAT Secretariat’s needs.

2. Training components and learning elements

The incumbent will have full access, for his/her thesis research, to ICAT’s project files, in particular to files and products developed in the context of the implemented activities at the country level.

The incumbent will have the opportunity to join the ICAT Secretariat meetings, including any relevant high-level meetings, and get exposure to key stakeholders involved with climate action and transparency, such as other UN agencies (UNFCCC, UNEP, UNDP, UNU), several country and multi-partner donors, international non-governmental organizations and representatives from country beneficiaries. The incumbent will also have full access to UNOPS intranet, the Project ERP system and the Communities of Practice (COPs) in Project Management, Gender Mainstreaming, Innovation and Research, Sustainable Infrastructure, etc.

3. Participation in missions or training courses

The incumbent will have access to the UNOPS Learning Zone and apply for training in Programme Management, Gender Mainstreaming, Coaching, Competency Based Interviews and mandatory training as per UNOPS policy.

4. Education/Experience/Language requirements:

1. Academic qualifications

  • Should be enrolled in a university programme such as Bachelor or Masters OR have graduated from such studies within three (3) years prior to the applications date of the internship and be in possession of a residence permit or nationality permitting them to stay and conduct the internship in Germany during the full time of the internship
  • Area of study should preferably relate to climate change, developmental studies, and/or environmental management.

2. Language Skills

  • Proven fluency of English – oral and written required.
  • Any other UN language would be a distinct advantage.

3. Computer Literacy

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office/Google Suite is essential, including knowledge of the advanced functions of Excel. Experience with data visualization tools (e.g. Google Data Studio) is also essential to this role. 

4. Internship-related experiences

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience but experience working or volunteering in any of the following areas is highly desirable:
    • Climate change
    • Monitoring and evaluation of programmes in the development field
    • Statistical analysis

5. Additional requirements

  • Strong data analysis skills;
  • Ability to synthesise large amounts of information and communicate it clearly;
  • Efficient time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple ongoing projects alongside tasks requiring a quick turnaround;
  • The incumbent is responsible for abiding by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS;
  • The incumbent is responsible for arranging their own travel and securing any necessary visas;
  • The incumbent should provide confirmation that they are fit specifically for the duty station conditions, as certified by a medical practitioner. Interns are responsible for receiving clearance from a medical doctor.

To Apply:

  • Applications are open until midnight Copenhagen time (CET) 7 December, 2022. To apply, please visit UNOPS website and click ‘Apply’ at the bottom of the vacancy announcement.