Location : Minsk, BELARUS
Application Deadline :30-Jun-14
Additional CategoryManagement
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 weeks
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 months


Internships offer a small group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work.

Internships are not alternative forms of employment. They are a way to offer students the opportunity to compliment their studies with hands on experience. This is excellent outreach for UNDP Belarus as well as a chance to have resources for a short period of time for focused contributions.  As interns are not paid, it is the relationship of the work experience to their studies and/or their future academic or career ambitions which gives the internship assignment value. They cannot be used to replace support staff or conduct strictly support functions. While some routine functions may be components of internship assignments, they are intended to be learning and developmental experiences that compliment advanced studies.  Providing an opportunity to make substantive contributions to an office’s work is an essential requirement of offices taking on interns. 

Assignments vary greatly in terms of content. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. However, they will normally last no less than six weeks and no more than six months.
Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns.

Duties and Responsibilities

Typical Tasks performed by interns:

•    Conducting research;
•    Drafting documents;
•    Cataloguing information;
•    Assisting in the organization of meetings, conferences, or other collaborative events;
•    Preparing knowledge products (stories/best and worst practices).
•    Identifying innovative development solutions in specific areas
•    Provide operational and administrative support
•    Undertake field visits and attend meetings and workshops where appropriate
•    Supporting monitoring and evaluation, communications and resource mobilization


Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Strong track record of research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of gender and/or human rights;
  • Editing skills are helpful;
  • Computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UNDP in particular, and have a personal commitment to UNDP's Statement of Purpose  and to the ideals of the UN Charter; and demonstrate the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Enrolled in a degree programme in an undergraduate or graduate school at the time of application and during the internship (if a candidate is graduating before the internship period begins, they are no longer eligible)
  • Fluency in English, Russian and Belarusian

Important information:
UNDP may accept interns provided the following conditions are met:

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP;
UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship;
The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Only a successful candidate will be required to submit the following ten documents:
Acopy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
A letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
A copy of his/her school transcript;
A letter of recommendation from a professor;
Internship Terms of Reference;
A signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
A Medical Certificate of Good Health;


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.

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