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Intern - Earth sciences and geo-hazards risk reduction

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters

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Job Purpose

Support the work of the UNESCO’s Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction in the field of disaster risk reduction. Contribute to the development, implementation, and administration of the Section’s initiatives and projects, in particular EU funded (OPERANDUM and RURITAGE) projects. 


● Assist in the organization of international and national workshops, webinars, and consultation meetings both face-to-face and online.

● Assist in the preparation of training materials.

● Assist in collecting inputs from partners, in drafting projects’ reports and deliverables, and in finalizing deliverables. 

● Assist in the preparation of Section’s meetings, workshops, conferences, and other events.

● Get acquainted with the work of UNESCO and perform other related duties as required. 


● Being currently enrolled or have recently completed a Master's Degree or equivalent in disaster risk management, environmental science, natural sciences, geography, architecture, civil/environmental engineering, or other related fields. Previous work experience in the field of disaster risk reduction will be an asset.

● Fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of  Spanish is an asset.

● Knowledge in graphic design (e.g. Photoshop/Illustrator, is an asset. 


Up to six months, starting date: as soon as possible, latest in January 2021.

Working Section

The Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction (SC/EES/EGR), Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO. The candidate will be supervised by Mr. Soichiro Yasukawa, Programme Specialist, SC/EES/EGR, at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, France.


Kindly note that internships at UNESCO are unpaid.


Please visit this site for UNESCO activities in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction.

EU funded projects:

OPERANDUM: OPEn-air laboRAtories for Nature baseD solUtions to Manage environmental risks  

RURITAGE: Rural regeneration through systemic heritage-led strategies 

Learning objective

The intern will acquire experience on how UNESCO makes decisions and implements projects internally and externally by supporting programme specialists both on logistics and substance.

At the same time, the intern will broaden his/her knowledge on DRR and other domains in which UNESCO is engaged by interacting with programme specialists.


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