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Internship Opportunity - Policy Support Intern (ITN055)

Conventions and Policy Support | Fixed term, full-time,

£7.83 per hour

Closing date: 2018-09-24

We are looking for a conscientious and self-motivated intern to join the Ecosystems Assessment and Policy Support Programme. This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate or postgraduate student to gain experience in some of the work under way at the global level to support the increased use of science and other forms of evidence in policy development and implementation.

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.

The Centre supports countries in effectively implementing national obligations under key international agreements on biodiversity and ecosystem services; and provides technical support to the secretariats, governance and advisory bodies of individual conventions and to the intergovernmental processes. In particular this internship will support the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). And will provide the successful applicant with experience on some of the work under way at the global level to support the increased use of science and other forms of evidence in policy development and implementation.

The internship will involve supporting the development of documentation to inform the Plenary on the work undertaken in the intersessional period, as well as identifying elements or developing options to help inform the potential role of policy support within the next work programme of the Platform up to 2030. In addition, through this internship, the applicant will undertake research that will help to inform the further development of products aimed at fulfilling IPBES policy support function.

To illustrate, the catalogue aims to facilitate access by decision makers to policy support tools and methodologies, and to provide guidance on how to promote and catalyse their further development. The work relating to the catalogue will involve populating it with information on policy support tools and methodologies of relevance to IPBES, based on already developed templates, including undertaking relevant background research, as well as supporting the development of material aimed at promoting and facilitating the use of the catalogue.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please send your CV and a short covering letter by clicking on the link below by 24th September 2018. Please note, no application form is required for this post.

We anticipate that the internship will start in late October for 8-12 weeks. 

Please note this is not a UN post and we can only accept applications from those eligible to work in the UK.

WCMC is a UK charity, based in Cambridge, which supports the United Nations Environment Programme. We work in collaboration with UNEP, under the banner of UNEP-WCMC. Our mission is to evaluate and highlight the many values of biodiversity and put authoritative biodiversity knowledge at the centre of decision-making. Since our establishment in the 1970s, the Centre has been at the forefront of the compilation, management, analysis and dissemination of global biodiversity information, and has an outstanding record of achievement.