Gender Sensitive Agriculture Research Intern

Organisation Name: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka (Red Cross Office – Kurunegala Galgamuwa 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 the issues and challenges to promote gender sensitive climate smart agriculture in project locations

The Dry Zone of Sri Lanka has been suffering from drought over the last three – four years. While agriculture is considered as a male driven livelihood, closer studies reveal that both men & women take part in agriculture livelihood. The prevailing drought situation has put a lot of pressure on livelihoods and in turn income generation ability of small farmers in the Dry zone. Some consequences of this is male/female migration to urban areas looking for alternatives,  and chronic kidney disease, leading in women and more vulnerable members of the family taking on greater responsibility and having carry out agricultural practices in the rural areas. It is important understand the gender dynamics of Dry Zone societies, in order to design effective climate smart agricultural practices.

The objectives of this internship;

  • Identification of gender roles in relation to agriculture in the project areas;
  • Identifying how climate change has impacted agriculture in these areas;
  • Identifying shifts and changes that have taken place in gender roles as a result of climate change
  • To come up with solutions and policy to respond to these issues

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
  • Interest and knowledge of gender studies or topics in gender and development.
  • 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: Gender studies, Development Studies, Disaster Risk Reduction, Environment & Sustainability knowledge

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. 

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How to Apply

Please follow the step-by-step guide on how to apply for APG5044 Overseas Internship. 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.