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Natural Sciences Unit, UNESCO Phnom Penh Office
Terms of Reference
Reference No: INT/NSU/003
Functional Title: Environmental Research Intern
Organizational Unit: Natural Sciences Unit, UNESCO Phnom Penh Office
Duty Station: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration of the contract: At least 3 months to 6 months (full-time)
Application deadline: 10 August 2021
Language Requirement: Excellent spoken and written English and Khmer is required for this assignment
Start Date: As soon as possible
As the United Nations specialized agency with a specific mandate for science, UNESCO works to advance and promote science in the interests of peace, sustainable development and human livelihoods, in close collaboration with its Member States and a wide variety of partners, through its Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).
Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia, covering up to 1-1.6 million ha in the wet season with 8-11 m deep. It harbours rich biological diversity and ecosystems as well as vast cultural heritage, being one of the world's most productive inland fishing waters. Recognizing its unique ecological, economic and cultural values, Tonle Sap was inscribed on the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 1997, and intently enforced by Royal Decree in 2001.
The Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve (TSBR) project, implemented by the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, line ministries, and relevant stakeholders and partners, aims to provide a robust coordination architecture for the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, to preserve the lake's resources and sustainably improve livelihoods of local communities, by strengthening functions of the TSBR, which include conservation, livelihoods development, and knowledge-exchange, as outlined through UNESCO's MAB Programme. The project is implemented as part of the 'FAO Complementary Support to the Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector - Capture Component (CAPFISH-Capture program)', funded by the European Union.
A qualified Intern is required to support the implementation of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve project, and related Natural Science initiatives of Phnom Penh Office, in line with the functions of the assignment.
Overview of the functions of the assignment:
Under the overall authority of UNESCO Representative to Cambodia, and the direct supervision of the Associate Project Officer and National Project Officer of Natural Sciences Unit in UNESCO Phnom Penh Office, the national intern shall undertake the following tasks in relation to the TSBR project, and related natural science initiatives including:
*Knowledge and demonstrated experience with GIS-software is desirable for this assignment. Sound background in computer science and programming is preferred.
The following outcomes are expected:
Outputs during the assignment will include:
Education: Degree of full-time university studies (bachelor's degree or equivalent) at a university or equivalent in a relevant field such as environmental sciences, natural resource management, environmental management, environmental policy, geography, GIS, hydrology, ecosystem services, social science or a related field is required. Advanced degree in the above or related fields is preferred.
Language: Excellent English and Khmer language skills are essential.
Required Skills: Sound understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues and governance in Cambodia is essential, preferably with a special focus on the Tonle Sap ecosystem. Knowledge and demonstrated experience with GIS-software is desirable.
How to Apply:
You can apply for this internship if:
Interested candidates, who are eligible, must apply by completing both steps (1) and (2) below:
The subject of the email should be 'Internship Application: UNESCO PNP Office - Natural Sciences Unit - Ref: INT/NSU/003'
(2) To know more about the internship programme, please carefully go through this webpage: https://en.unesco.org/careers/internships
Applicants are requested to carefully go through the instructions given and ensure that they meet all requirements before submitting an application.
Applicants are also requested to submit their applications to the UNESCO Internship Programme, available at the following link: https://en.unesco.org/careers/internships
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.
In line with UNESCO's overall gender mainstreaming strategy, the incumbent is expected to integrate a gender perspective in all activities and apply gender analysis and mainstreaming concepts whenever possible.
UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.