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RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT INTERN
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||17-Nov-13|
|Additional Category||Crisis Prevention and Recovery|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English French Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 - 6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
UNDP is the UN’s global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to development knowledge, experience and resources that can help them build a better life for their citizens. UNDP’s networks link and coordinate global and national efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of: Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Environment and Energy, HIV/AIDS, Capacity Development, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.
UNDP’s organizational model is based on dispersed capabilities and decentralized networks. As part of its mission to assist developing countries to positively influence global trends and benefit from global knowledge, the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) – UNDP’s policy advisory body – supports UNDP’s transformation into a globally networked policy advisory organisation. The bureau takes a matrixed, regionalised approach to development policy through a network of Regional Centres and Sub-regional Resource Facilities (SURFs) and thematic Global Knowledge Networks.
The internship has three positions for each semester (Winter / Spring / Summer / Fall) to provide support to the UNDP Bureau of Development Policy (BDP) Democratic Governance Practice Network, the Capacity Development Network and the UN Human Rights Policy network – HuriTALK.
Democratic Governance Practice Network:
UNDP draws on a global network of democratic governance practitioners to provide timely and high-quality advice, expertise and know-how to policy makers and other partners in the countries where we operate – helping them pursue the best possible development solutions.
In the area of Democratic Governance (DG), UNDP supports its democratic governance practice through the Democratic Governance Practice Network (DGP-Net), and promotes local, national, regional and global knowledge sharing and application. It works as a global exchange forum to inform more than 2000 practice members of the new and upcoming practice initiatives, innovations, and resources available within UNDP’s governance community (Democratic Governance Community of Practice-DG COP) and as a tool for sharing comparative experiences, good practices and discussion of substantive issues related to Democratic Governance.
Capacity Development Network:
Established in 2007 as part of UNDP’s Knowledge Services initiative, the Capacity Development Network (Capacity-Net) is open to all development practitioners and experts interested in sharing knowledge on key issues of capacity development (CD). Discussions on the network include topics such as capacity assessments, capacity development responses (institutional arrangements, leadership, knowledge and accountability), programming for CD, evaluation of CD, aid effectiveness, public-private partnerships for local service delivery, national implementation capacities and use of country systems, and many more. The network is comprised of 1400+ members from 100 countries.
The capacity development approach of UNDP ensures that when countries undertake programmes and other interventions, they do so in cognizance of best fit with their national development priorities, and that programmes are well entrenched within national institutions and systems. The ultimate aim for UNDP is to graduate out of individual programmes and leave behind sustainable systems, people and institutions. The Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (KICG) that hosts Capacity-Net, is UNDP’s source of in-house expertise for optimizing the impact of development interventions through capacity development.
UN Human Rights Policy Network – HuriTALK
The UN Human Rights Policy network – HuriTALK, is a virtual network which facilitated dialogue among UN and development practitioners on how to best integrate human rights standards and principles in their work. Through the exchange of information, good practice and lessons learned, members develop their knowledge on human rights-related issues as well as their capacity to integrate human rights-based approaches (HRBA) in their work. The network currently has a membership of over 1600 practitioners from more than 15 UN entities across 100 countries and serves as a valuable practical tool for translating the UN’s commitment to mainstream human rights into all aspects of its work.
HuriTALK provides various products and services to the community including maintaining the UN HRBA Practitioner’s Portal for Development Programming (www.hrbaportal.org) which brings together a wide range of resources on integrating HRBA into development programming, making them accessible to users through a single entry point.
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
The Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) is committed to the long-term goal of transforming UNDP into a global leader in crisis prevention and recovery. To achieve this goal, it tries to capture and share the vast wealth of knowledge and expertise that exists within the organization and externally on CPR-related issues and programmes.
This means developing user-friendly KM tools, connecting UNDP practitioners with expertise in crisis prevention and recovery, facilitating an exchange of knowledge among them and ensuring that valuable lessons learned from CPR practice are shared and built upon in order to improve the way we work to prevent and respond to crises. This knowledge management strategy is supported by a robust CPR community of practice network (CPRP-Net) and web-based knowledge sharing platform Teamworks.
The Internship offers the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation. The intern will support the Network Facilitation Team in maintaining the high quality of network knowledge products while also allowing for in-depth research on a variety of topics related to democratic governance and capacity development for poverty reduction.
In addition, the Intern will be exposed to UNDP’s highly recognized Knowledge Management approach and will participate in developing new KM innovations.
Working under the direct supervision of the Knowledge Management Specialists, the incumbent will be responsible for providing the knowledge networks with research, documentation, codification, and analysis for generating and managing knowledge in the practice.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of Knowledge Management teams of the Democratic Governance Group, and the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group, the intern’s duties and responsibilities are not limited to the below but could include:
News Update – Due every 2-4 weeks:
Support the knowledge management team in the preparation of the biweekly news update:
Document management on UNDP knowledge and information management platforms:
Consolidated Replies, and e-discussions:
Work with the KM Research Analyst/KM Specialist in the preparation of consolidated replies in answer to queries UNDP practitioners may have in relation to democratic governance or capacity development . When required, support planned e-discussions with research on the issues of relevance to the discussion and in the preparation of the summary and other key products of the e-discussion.
Support the maintenance and growth of the various Groups’ public image and presence through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Ustream, Flicker, and others.
Work with the Knowledge Management Team to support DGG, KICG and CPR:
Time frame and Resources:
The intern will be expected to support the above DGG or KICG activities. The intern will be granted access to:
UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.
Further Career Opportunities:
The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern's studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.
Required Skills and Experience
Qualified candidates must be:
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. All the required documents listed below should be compiled into one pdf. file which must be uploaded with your application online.
The application MUST contain these application materials (Note that only complete applications will be considered).
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Please compile all the documents into one pd.f file to be uploaded with your application.
The selection process will consist of interviews AND a written test.
Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior the interview the following documents:
Questions to be answered while submitting the application
You will only be considered for this internship if you answer the 2 questions below.
Mandatory – Why should you be selected for this internship?
Please limit your answer to a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words.
Mandatory - You must answer one of the questions below.
Please limit your answer to a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words.
Discuss how Democratic Governance affects the achievement of Sustainable Human Development? or
Discuss how knowledge management, innovation and capacity development as an integrated approach is essential in achieving Sustainable Human Development? or
Discuss why and how Human Rights are relevant for achieving sustainable human development?
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.