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Lecturer (Medford, MA)

A full-time renewable, non-tenure track, lecturer position in
Environmental Studies is available beginning July 1, 2015.

The Environmental Studies Program at Tufts University seeks an individual
with expertise in environmental policy and communication who is committed
to enhancing our students¹ critical thinking and analytical skills, and their
ability to work across disciplines. Teaching responsibilities (equivalent
of 6 courses per year) include an advanced course in the candidate’s field of
expertise, mentoring individual student research as appropriate to
candidate’s expertise, and courses in the following general areas: (a)
environmental policy, (b) environmental communication/negotiation, and (c)
interdisciplinary research methods/analysis. The successful candidate is
expected to advise majors, and lead small group discussions on general
environmental issues as part of our Lunch & Learn seminar series.

For more information about the position and to apply, please go to:

For more information about the Tufts Environmental Studies Program visit:

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2015 and will continue
until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to
Colin Orians, Director, Environmental Studies Program, at colin.orians[at]tufts.edu.

Call for Conference Proposals (Amherst, MA)

Call for Proposals for “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region”

The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum are accepting proposals for the “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region” conference being held at UMass Amherst on April 9-10, 2015.

 Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact

Details for the conference will be posted here as they develop: www.umass.edu/sustainability/northeast

The Key Conference Objectives:

-Collectively understand and discuss the most important and urgent sustainability issues in our region

-Determine what our collective impact could be to address these issues

-Grow as sustainability professionals

Important dates (subject to change)

• December 19, 2014: call for proposals submissions open

• January 23, 2015 (5 p.m.): proposals submission deadline

• February 6, 2015: Proposal Notification

• March 20, 2015: session editing deadline (if proposal is accepted)

• April 9-10, 2015: Conference

**PLEASE NOTE: Your proposal does not need to be a refined proposal by any means. This call for proposal/ideas/input is our attempt at casting a wide net to capture as many ideas as possible and identify who is interested in exploring ideas with the planning committee, and doing the work to develop those ideas and convening colleagues to deliver them into interactive sessions.


Spring Semester Internships (Denver, CO)

Spring Semester Internships
Impact runs action campaigns on issues that matter, like global warming, clean water and big money’s influence over our democracy, and we’re hiring spring interns!

As an intern with Impact, you’ll make a difference on big issues like global warming, clean water and big money in politics. You’ll work side by side with organizers and learn valuable skills by helping us get these issues into the media, build coalitions, and organize events.

Apply today at weareimpact.org/internship-apply.html. Our priority deadline is Sunday, December 14!

And if you’re graduating this year: you can also apply to be an Impact Campaign Organizer – a full-time, two-year commitment that’s all about winning concrete, lasting change in our country. You can read more at weareimpact.org

Climate Change Adaptation Internship (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Deadline to apply is Friday, December 12th.

UNDP Environment and Energy Group (EEG) is based in UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy (BDP) and is responsible for providing leadership and technical support to delivery of the Environment and Sustainable Development pillar of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  Its main focus is to help countries develop the capacity to fully incorporate environmental sustainability into development at national and local, but also global and regional, levels.  The principal areas of work are in environmental mainstreaming, environmental finance, adaptation to climate change, and local governance of resources, including energy.

Climate change is a priority area for the Environmental and Energy Group at UNDP.  Building on a history of climate change projects, tools, and resources, UNDP’s objective is to play a leading role in the UN’s climate change efforts and mobilize greater and more diverse resources for climate change initiatives. UNDP’s Strategic Plan identifies several outcomes which are relevant to climate change adaptation: (a) Growth and development are inclusive and sustainable, incorporating productive capacities that create employment and livelihoods for the poor and excluded (c) Countries have strengthened institutions to progressively deliver universal access to basic services (e) Countries are able to reduce the likelihood of conflict, and lower the risk of natural disasters, including from climate change.

The Green, Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development Team within UNDP/GEF manages UNDP’s activities with regard to policy and projects supported by United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Global Environment Facility (GEF), bilateral, and other sources of funds. The LECRDS Team works to strengthen and expand UNDP’s services more broadly to systematically support adaptation to climate change.  Increasing emphasis will be placed on strategic partnerships, co-ordination, substantive collaboration and knowledge management to support policy coherence, and the further development of the adaptation programme.

In the context of the above, the UNDP-GEF/GLECRDS Team is currently interested in hosting an intern to support the team’s planned activities in 2014. The internship will take place in Addis Ababa where the UNDP-GEF/GLECRDS team supporting countries in Africa is based.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment:

The intern, under the supervision of a Regional Technical Advisor on Adaptation, will support UNDP-GEF’s work on (a) integrated climate change strategies; (b) climate resilient livelihoods and (c) climate information and early warning systems as per the Scope of Work below.

Scope of Work:

The intern will:

  • Undertake research in support of programmes/projects developed by the UNDP-GEF /GLECRDS team. This includes also editing, translation, formatting work and review of documents;
  • Support GLECRDS Regional Technical Advisors with annual project reviews including compiling critical information on project results and impacts;
  • Undertake monitoring visits to projects including supporting monitoring of project results and reporting;
  • Prepare case studies for UNDP-GEF publications including global newsletters, pamphlets, and communication material;
  • Maintain existing UNDP-ALM databases up to date with information from projects including results achieved, pictures, videos, news articles;
  • Supporting the organizing of regional meetings for projects on Early Warning and National Adaptation Plans (in coordination with global and regional UNDP-GEF teams).

Duration of the assignment, duty station and conditions governing the Internship:

The internship will be for a period of 6 months, starting in January 2015.

The internship will be not be remunerated. The intern is responsible to secure and providing proof to UNDP of full coverage of living expenses as well as obtaining any necessary visas and has to provide proof of the enrolment in a health and life insurance plan.



Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to the UN practice areas;
  • Encourages office staff to share knowledge and contribute to UN practice areas;
  • Develops deep knowledge  in practice areas;
  • Demonstrates strong coaching/mentoring skills, regularly providing helpful feedback and advice to others in the office;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to elaborate and implement communications and publications strategies;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing advocacy campaigns, including well-written information about UNCT, its objectives and activities;
  • Ability to effectively manage media engagements;
  • Demonstrates sound political judgment;
  • Demonstrates excellent ability to write and communicate orally with accuracy and professionalism in English;
  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies;
  • Demonstrates strong IT skills including website management.

Management and Leadership:

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Strong team player.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship (if a candidate is graduating before the internship period begins, they are no longer eligible) or;
  • Have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree, if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages;
  • Not have graduated prior to the beginning of the internship.


  • Computer literate in standard software applications and GIS and Stata programming experience would be an added advantage;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UNDP in particular, and have a personal commitment to UNDP’s Statement of Purpose  and to the ideals of the UN Charter; and
  • Demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


  • Proficiency in English and normally at least one additional UNDP working language (i.e., French or Spanish);
  • Fluency in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian is an asset.

Apply Online

Urban Planning Intern (New York/Paris)

Position: Internship – Urban
Location: New York or Paris
Application Deadline: December 12, 2014


The SDSN has established 11 Thematic Groups comprising leading scientists, engineers, academics and practitioners from business and civil society to promote solutions to key challenges of sustainable development. The Thematic Groups are solution oriented rather than research oriented and aim to identify practical solutions to the challenges of sustainable development. The thematic group Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected seeks to  identify practical solutions for improving urban management. It has initiated the Campaign for an Urban Sustainable Development Goal. A dedicated and stand-alone SDG on cities is essential to mobilize local authorities and stakeholders for the SDGs, promote integrated city-level approaches, and ensure that the post-2015 goals address the specific needs of cities.

Scope of work: 

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is pleased to offer a 4-6 month internship for an enthusiastic and motivated masters student, with expertise in urban development, urban policy or urban planning. Excellent written and spoken English is required.

This internship will involve assisting with the preparation of a handbook on sustainable urban development, and supporting SDSN’s managers in ongoing work related to sustainable urban policy and planning. The intern will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive literature review, facilitating consultations with leading urban planning experts, as well as drafting and editing text. Once the handbook has been finalized the intern will work to support the development of online materials and to orchestrate webinars.

Timeline & compensation: 

The intern will report to SDSN managers based in Paris & New York and may work from either office. Interns are expected to work either two days per week throughout the semester until July 2015 or full time for at least four months from January 2015. Interns will be compensated at $18 per hour.

Application process: 

Please submit a CV and cover letter to info[at]unsdsn.org by December 12, 2014, and include “Urban Internship” in the subject line. Late applications will not be considered, and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Apply Online

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