INTERN - Greenhouse Gas inventory Project
Location : Yaounde, CAMEROON
Application Deadline : 26-Nov-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category : Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required : English, French
Climate change is emerging as an important concern in UNDP as well as the broader UN system. More than a core environmental issue, climate change is seriously undermining efforts to achieve the SDGs. Its adverse impacts are already in evidence and are likely to disproportionately affect the developing countries where UNDP operates in collaboration with key partners part and in particular with Government. The UN agencies, funds and programs have recognized their particular responsibility to ‘walk the talk’ on climate change mitigation and have decided to take action by joining forces to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions collectively.
In October 2007, the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) adopted a decision to move towards a climate neutral United Nations. Climate neutrality means an organization has zero net greenhouse gas emissions. This is achieved by introducing sustainable administrative policies to reduce workplace greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible, followed by purchasing carbon offsets (that is, investing in projects that reduce emissions elsewhere) to neutralize those emissions that cannot be avoided.
Within this scope, UNDP, as one among of the leading organization in the fight against climate change, is committed to comprehensively compile its annual GHG inventory and to take action towards reducing (and ultimately, offsetting) its GHG emissions towards a target of institutional climate neutrality. This approach is at the heart of a process supported by a Country Office Technical Working Group (COTEW – List in Annex1) set up by UNDP Country Office in October 2018. The main objective of the COTEW is to formulate a UNDP Cameroon “Green Office Strategy” for the next three years. To this end, an intern will be recruited for 6 (six) months to facilitate the collection and the analysis of the necessary data under the supervision of the COTEW. The baseline considered for this exercise come from the 2013 Country Report (Annex2).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Sustainable Development and Environment unit of UNDP Cameroon, the intern will be responsible for the following key tasks:
- Compile the UNDP Cameroon annual greenhouse gas (GHG) data on:
- Electricity consumption (kWh) and source of electricity
- Combusted fuel on site (type, gallons)
- Official air travel
- Vehicles: fuel type and miles travelled
- Other transport (bus, taxi, etc.): distance travelled
- Number of staff in the office
- Office space (m2);
- Other identified sources;
- Compare the situation of UNDP Cameroon annual greenhouse gas in 2013 and 2018
- Calculate the UNDP Cameroon GHG footprint by means of GHG and ICAO calculators (with the UNDP HQ assistance);
- Identify GHG reduction opportunities within the UNDP Cameroon offices (with GEF, UNDP Environment unit support);
- Start the implementation of the strategy document to reduce GHG footprint on environment towards a target of UNDP climate neutrality
- Final internship report
- Communication & innovation,
- Working in teams
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher in Environmental science, Geographical science, Crop Biology science, Physical, Mathematics, Chemistry, Forestry, Economic, Agronomic or in social science);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in Environmental science, Geographical science, Crop Biology science, Physical, Mathematics, Chemistry, Forestry, Economic, Agronomic or in social science (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent);
- 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.
Relevant: Candidate with Holder of BSC degree, Engineer Diploma or Master’s degree in Environmental, Forestry, Agronomic science or a related subject can apply;
- Research project on climate change;
- Familiar with GHG emission computational issues;
- Capacity to deliver the desired outputs within the specified schedule;
- Excellent command ofEnglish and French
- Good report writing skills.
HOW TO APPLY?
All interested candidates are invited to apply online through the following link: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=82161