UNDP Internship for a Household and Building Damage Assessment (HBDA)

January 5, 2023

Hurricane Lisa made landfall approximately 10 miles south of Belize City as a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph at 3:20 pm on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 2, 2022. Radar data and surface observations showed the eastern edge of the eyewall began affecting the Belize City area from midday with conditions deteriorating into the afternoon. Hurricane Lisa brought with it an estimated 9 inches of rainfall coupled with 3-5 feet of storm surge resulting in flooding in the low-lying regions of Belize City and Ladyville Village. Hurricane Lisa making landfall adjacent to Belize City meant that some 61,500 of city residents were directly exposed to associated winds, rains and storm surge. After landfall Hurricane Lisa continued tracking to the northwest exposing the communities of the rural Belize, Orange Walk and Cayo Districts to hurricane/ tropical storm force winds and rains, and the capital city of Belmopan to Tropical storm force winds.

The Initial Damage Assessment prepared by the government of Belize suggests in excess of 10,000 persons (3044 households; 6735 Adults, 3721 children) recorded direct losses in the aftermath of the hurricane. Of the Adult population impacted by Hurricane Lisa, 54% were female while 46% males. Of the children population 49% of those affected were female, while 51% male. Affected households included 301 households listed as single parent households, 256 households as elderly only households, 312 housing disabled persons, and 73 housing pregnant women. In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, some 53,000 residents were without electricity and water for between 3-7 days as utility infrastructure were damaged or compromised by Hurricane Lisa.



Duties and Responsibilities


  • Support the development, maintenance and editing of questionnaires in KoBo Toolbox software environment;  
  • Support the data export, conversion, cleaning and export in different data formats; 
  • Participate in and support enumerator training and monitor data collection progress on the ground; 
  • Support design of data collection tools, especially for mobile data collection, sampling frameworks, data storage systems, and analytical products; 
  • Monitor quality of data collected, perform data cleaning activities, log any changes to the dataset on the cleaning log, ensure regular updates on data quality; 
  • Support on data analysis and the creation of data visualization products, including dashboards, infographics, and maps, especially using Power BI; 
  • Support the technical team in the GIS/Satellite Imagery analysis; quality control of spatial databases; and production of GIS-based information products; 
  • Assist on preparing the data reports to handover data, methodology, logistics arrangement to the government and any other national or international partner involved in the assessment; 
  • Support the UNDP CO in any UN coordination and interagency mechanism related to assessments and information management; 
  • Any other tasks as required by the UNDP CO. 




  • Solid understanding of designing and conducting primary data collection and research, including survey design and implementation, facilitating research interviews, etc.; 
  • Looks at experience critically, drawing lessons, and building them into the design of new approaches; 
  • Possesses strong analytical and research capabilities, including the ability to produce high quality reports and knowledge products; 
  • Knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction, crisis preparedness and response; 
  • Demonstrates innovation and innovative thinking; 
  • Ability to coordinate and conduct trainings, ensure knowledge management, identify and share best practices. 



  • Promote ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents; 
  • Build staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation; 
  • Create and promote enabling environment for open communication; 
  • Create an emotionally intelligent organization; 
  • Share knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning; 
  • Make fair and transparent decisions; calculated risk-taking. 


Required Skills and Experience


  • Currently enrolled or recently completed an Undergraduate or Post Graduate degree in geography, disaster risk management, information management, GIS, social science or related. 



  • Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required. Spanish is an asset. 


To apply for the internship, click on the link below. Deadline for application is January 24, 2023