Climate data usage by farmers Research Intern

Organisation Name: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka (Janathakshan Office, Anuradhapura Sivalakulama Cascade)
No. of places available: 2

Teaching Periods Applicable: Semester 2 (23/7 – 19/10), Trimester 2 (14/5 – 17/8), Term 3 (1/7 – 30/9)
Duration: 8 Weeks

Unit Offered : APG 5044

Last Date to Apply : 16th June 2018

About the Organisation

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. The UNDP Programme adopts a UN inter-agency approach, and has built partnerships with a range of stakeholders, from government ministries and local government agencies to community-based and non-government organizations.

Role Description: To identify catalytic interventions which will support the transformational change in establishing and use of the weather/climate information among the dry zone farmers

Rains have a very high correlation with the farming practices in dry zone of Sri Lanka and the prediction of the weather has become an important determinant to averse the risk of nature based livelihoods. It is important to analyze the current and future availability and applicability of weather and climate information in Sri Lanka with special focus on the dry zone farmers which will also help development facilitators to track the transformation, milestones and entry points for interventions. 

The objective of this research:

  • Identify tools for qualitative analysis of weather information/forecasts among farmers in the selected location
  • Field testing the tools in a selected area for current and future scenarios (appropriate time frame)
  • Present the outcome among a cross-section of stakeholders for feedback

Outcomes: Findings report and policy recommendations

Students will work with Dr Samanthi Gunawardana (Director, Masters of International Development Practice, School of Social Science, Faculty of Arts) to refine the study design and finalise the report and policy recommendations.


  • Currently enrolled in a Graduate Arts program at Monash University
  • Able to adapt to the living conditions in a remote area with average facilities (not necessary reliable as in Colombo)
  • Able to interact with the local communities from different cultures, respect their knowledge and cultural values

Desired Competencies and Skills: Environment & Sustainability, Technical studies, Science related fields (ex: Hydrology) Agriculture; Technical knowledge in weather forecasting and communicating techniques will get preference

Scholarships & Funding: This opportunity falls under the Asia Postgrad Scholarship Program. Please click here to read more. This means that successful students will be eligible for a grant of AUD 2000. 

For further information about available scholarships and funding please click on the links below:

How to Apply

Please follow the step-by-step guide on how to apply for APG5044 Overseas Internship. Select Option A in Step 2. When you log onto inPlace, you will see “UNDP Research Graduate Internship Sri Lanka” opportunity available to apply to. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the WIL International Team on email via, or give us a call on (03) 9903 8866.