Specific internship opportunity: UNU INWEH Coastal Ecosystems Programme
The aim of the internship is to provide an opportunity for a young graduate to learn about the work of the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health coastal programme through practical involvement and experience in a project aimed to develop three long-term comprehensive business management plans for three marine protected areas in Jamaica.
The internship will run from August 1 to December 1, 2012.
The intern will be located at the United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment and Health office in Hamilton, Ontario.
Deadline to apply
Please apply by August 1, 2012.
Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coordinator, the intern will undertake the followings activities for the duration of this internship —
Collect and compile information on the three marine protected areas (MPA) in Jamaica
Review literature on existing MPA business management plans and case studies for MPAs, available valuation studies on coastal ecosystem services and goods, as well as policies related to managing the coastal zone and MPA management in the central Caribbean, and particularly Jamaica (and internationally, if relevant)
Compile and review available guidelines and toolkits developed to guide economic valuation and the sound development of MPA business management plans
Review each of the existing three technical MPA management plan elements and prioritize the key elements. Summarize prioritized activities into a five-year operating plan
For each MPA identify potential ecosystem goods and services and their economic value based on available valuation studies on coastal ecosystems and resources in this region
Review the currently available financial resources and potential new sources of funding and business opportunities for each MPA. Short list most viable finance options
Review and summarize past and current revenues and expected expenses and identify financial needs for each MPA
Draft a detailed five-year financial plan for each of the three MPAs
Assist in drafting the three business management plans
At the end of the internship the intern will have gained experience working in an international multicultural environment, knowledge of how the UN system functions and in-depth knowledge on coastal management issues, specifically MPAs, in a developing country. The intern will be included as co-author on the three management plans and the final technical report.
The internship eligibility requirements are detailed at www.inweh.unu.edu/internship/EligibilityRequirements.htm .
The following minimum qualifications are required —
Enrolment in a graduate-level degree program in the field of (coastal) environmental science and/or environmental economics
Proficiency in English
Excellent computer knowledge (Microsoft Office applications)
Ability to work in a multicultural environment
Experience in a developing country setting is an asset
How to apply
Interested students must send the following documentation to UNU-INWEH electronically or by mail —
A completed UNU internship application form
E-mail your application material to email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer to send your application by mail, please address it to —
United Nations University
Institute for Water, Environment and Health
175 Longwood Road South, Suite 204
Hamilton, ON L8P OA1