Application Deadline :03-Aug-14
Additional CategoryDemocratic Governance
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Part-time internship (6 months) or full-time internship (3-6 months)
Expected Duration of Assignment :Part-time internship (6 months) or full-time internship (3-6 months)


UNDP is the UN’s global development network. It advocates for Sustainable Human Development and supports countries in the development of best quality knowledge; policy advisory and exchange of experience and resources aimed at building a better life for their citizens.

UNDP’s knowledge networks link and coordinate global, regional and national efforts to effectively strengthen: Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction efforts, Crisis Prevention and Recovery and sustainable development.
UNDP’s organizational model is based on up to date 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 Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) – UNDP’s policy advisory body – supports UNDP’s transformation into a globally networked policy advisory organization.

UNDP’s Global Anti-corruption Initiative (GAIN) (2014-2017)

On 13 September 2013, the Executive Board of UNDP has approved UNDP Strategic Plan (2014-2017), Changing with the World. To support the new strategic plan, UNDP has developed a Global Programme (2014-2017) in line with the organization’s vision ‘to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.’ To support the new strategic plan, UNDP has developed a Global Programme (2014-2017) in line with the organization’s vision ‘to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.’

UNDP’s work on anti-corruption cross-cuts all three development pathways of the new strategic plan – Sustainable Development, Democratic Governance and Resilience-building.  More specifically, on voice and accountability, the new strategic plan envisioned that citizen’s expectations for voice, development, the rule of law and accountability are met by stronger systems of democratic governance (Outcome 2 of Strategic Plan). Moreover, the strategic plan also recognizes the vital role of institutions to progressively deliver universal access to basic services (Outcome 3 of Strategic Plan) and faster progress needed to reduce gender inequality and promote women’s empowerment (Outcome 4 of Strategic Plan).
As UNDP’s main vehicle for policy and programming support on anti-corruption, GAIN provides a lead role in strengthening UNDP’s global, regional and national advocacy strategies, mainstreaming anti-corruption norms and standards in UN/UNDP programming processes, continuing global partnership, knowledge management, policy dialogue and analysis as well as leadership on the emerging issues of anti-corruption. The policy and programming support on anti-corruption focus on: strengthening state/institutional capacities (the supply side of anti-corruption); promoting social accountability (the demand side of anti-corruption) through youth and women’s empowerment and the participation of civil society and the media; and promoting  meaningful policy dialogue and interaction with governments and partners for effective implementation of anti-corruption initiatives and monitoring their effectiveness.

The Internship with GAIN provides an opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. The intern will support desk research on a variety of topics related anti-corruption. In addition, the Intern will be exposed to UNDP’s Knowledge Management approach and will participate in the management of a new knowledge management platform for anti-corruption practitioners  

Working under the direct supervision of the GAIN’s Research Analyst, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the following areas of the Community of Practice: communications, research and codification of existing knowledge products.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will support the following key areas:
In this area, the responsibilities of the Intern will include: drafting and editing communication materials, including newsletters, articles and online communications for the public website and for the internal audience; staying well-informed with current developments and resources for inclusion in the Anti-corruption for Development News update.

Document management and maintenance of GAIN’s knowledge management platform

The intern will support the process of systematizing corruption and anti-corruption-related content for the anti-corruption web portal ( The web portal serves as the cutting-edge portal focusing on the nexus between anti-corruption and sustainable human development.

Support the global anti-corruption community of practice in mapping external knowledge, expertise and resources to capture lessons learned and good practices related to anti-corruption interventions.

The intern will support GAIN’s facilitation Team in the day-to-day operations of the Network by combining responses and conducting comparative research in response to queries from UNDP Country Offices and by assisting in preparation of knowledge products and services. S/he will also be carrying out data analysis and desk research assignments.


  • Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills; ability to compile and interpret data easily;
  • Prior background or experience in anti-corruption is an asset;
  • Effective at applying web search tools and conventions;
  • High degree of knowledge of MS office, internet-based applications;
  • Knowledge of social networking and KM2.0 technology is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in economics, Law, political science development studies or international affairs.


  • A desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.


  • Written and spoken proficiency in English;
  • French is desired.
Financial Arrangements:

UNDP does not pay for internships and do not process visa applications before the USA Embassy.  The costs associated with the internship must be covered 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 and visa etc.

Further Career Opportunities:

The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as mentioned, 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.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV and completed UNDP by email to ASAP (no later than 3 August).

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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.

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