Research Intern, Smart Cities and Digitalisation

New Home, TEXAS | 4 days | Deadline: 25 Sep 2020

Job Summary

New Home
UNDP

Job Description


The Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD) is a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to identify and co-create technological and innovative solutions to help countries achieve their Sustainable Development Goals. We draw on the expertise of innovative talent in Singapore and around the world, and curate partnerships that will allow us to take this know-how to the places where it is needed most.

Our emerging areas of focus are Sustainable and Digital Agriculture, Smart Cities and Digitalisation, and Sustainable Finance. For each of our programmes we are connecting policymakers, practitioners, think tanks, leading private sector actors, entrepreneurs, civil society, and other stakeholders to build practical solutions that will create lasting impact through deep collaboration.

SMART CITIES & DIGITALISATION

By 2050, nearly 70% of the world's population - an additional 2.5 billion people - will live in urban areas. This rapid urbanisation will bring in new economic opportunities but is also likely sharpen income disparities, greatly increasing the potential for social conflict. Hence, it is a global priority to build inclusive, liveable and sustainable urban areas – that is, smart cities.

Building on Singapore’s pioneering efforts, the Global Centre's smart cities and digitalisation programme focuses on Inclusivity, Sustainability and Adaptability. We have identified cities in Africa and Asia; working together with these cities and partners in Singapore and around the world, we provide technical expertise, knowledge transfer, insights and collaborations needed to drive sustainable smart city projects.   

The selected intern will be participating in high-impact projects for Governments from Asia-Pacific and African regions on the domains of digitalization, mobility, waste management and health.