UNDP in India is committed to support the efforts of the Government of India towards working with partners and key stakeholders to advocate for an environmentally sensitive response to COVID-19 that resets towards greener pathways for recovery. Our focus is to not only move towards a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery, but also help to strengthen recovery by focusing on emerging and innovative green job opportunities. The COVID 19 global pandemic could potentially threaten to deepen inequalities and undo progress on the SDGs. We are already witnessing the detrimental impact of the pandemic on the economies and the populations especially poor and vulnerable populations. India is no exception to this challenge that can jeopardize India’s gains in reducing poverty, improving access to livelihoods and social protection for 1.3 billion people. There is therefore an acute pressure on the Government to accelerate economic recovery, creating a risk that economic imperatives may dilute environmental sustainability considerations.

UNDP has globally rolled out the COVID response strategy across nations and the next phase is designed to help decision-makers look beyond recovery, towards 2030, making choices and managing complexity and uncertainty in four main areas: governance, social protection, green economy, and digital disruption. It encompasses our role in technically leading the UN’s socio-economic response. In this regard, UNDP India is initiating a Project titled “Green Recovery Pathway for India – transitioning towards a green and resilient COVID-19 recovery”. This programme aims to address the critical need to advocate for an inclusive and environmentally sensitive response to COVID-19 that resets towards sustainable and inclusive pathways to recovery to build back better.

In addition to policy advocacy for a green recovery with Government and other key partners, our the project will promote nature-based jobs and livelihoods, addressing linkages between nature and health through a one health approach, integrating climate commitments into urban planning, agriculture and land use solutions, and accelerating transition towards green energy as part of the COVID response. This approach will have a special focus on reaching and empowering women and young people as well as marginalized communities such as disadvantaged tribes and castes. Through this approach, UNDP will support investing in rural jobs and livelihoods including by promoting public works in the areas of water conservation, horticulture and animal husbandry, increasing nature-based micro-entrepreneurship opportunities for rural women and vulnerable communities, advocating for one health approaches that address links between human and animal health, and supporting policy advocacy for green recovery and green financing.

At the national level, UNDP will work closely with various ministries to advocate for green recovery and financing. UNDP will also work closely with few selected State Governments to implement programme activities, while collaborating with community-based organizations and private sector partners respectively to ensure outreach to women and marginalized groups and expand access to job and livelihood opportunities and create markets linkages for micro-entrepreneurs.

Under the guidance of the Policy Specialist and direct supervision of Project Coordinator- Green Recovery the intern will extend support in fast-tracking the overall objective of this project.

Duties and Responsibilities

Prime responsibilities of the intern including reporting lines.

  • The intern shall assist the Project Coordinator- Green recovery, in implementing the activities related to the project and provide support in effective implementation
  • In close coordination with Project Coordinator the intern will collate monthly and quarterly reports and quality check of all reports submitted (against deliverables) and monthly data capturing
  • Provide necessary technical assistance and research inputs for the preparation of research papers, knowledge products and related contexts
  • Document and prepare briefs on the progress of project activities, minutes of meetings and outcome papers
  • Provide support for organizing consultations (online/offline) with relevant stakeholders and prepare background material and assist in capacity building exercises
  • Develop knowledge products, facilitate knowledge exchange, and establish knowledge networks on issues related to livelihoods, green transport, one-health, social protection, energy, and environment.
  • Assist in RFF communication by developing social media content, blogs, case-studies, relevant communication tools for amplifying project activities.
  • Any other related task assigned from time to time by the Project Coordinator.


  • Strong sense of collaborative work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Excellent analytical and research skills;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • Is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

(c) Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

(d) Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.  

Candidate having degree/pursuing in Environmental Science/ Social Sciences/ Agriculture/Public Policy/Development Studies/Economics preferred.


  • Experience in data collection and analysis in the field of social or economic development fields;
  • Strong commitment to promoting gender equality, excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Good command in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as handling web-based applications.  

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and working language of the duty station. 



The completed “Internship Intern Form” available on the UNDP India website at Internship Intern Form (available at: Jobs/Internships | UNDP in India) should be completed along with a current and detailed Resume. 

Please group the above two documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload document.

Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents, upon selection: :

Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in their undergraduate or graduate-level degree programme;

Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

Working arrangements:

Interns may be given a stipend according to UNDP Internship Policy, if it is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government foundation or scholarship programme. A stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. Interns must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan.

Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes. 

The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.

Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship. 

Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity. 

The purpose of the internship 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.  The intern will be evaluated at the end of the internship.

IMPORTANT: Family relationships are required to be disclosed in order to avoid real or perceived family influence or conflict of interest, within UNDP. If the candidate/ hiring manager has not disclosed that he/she was related to an individual employed by UNDP in whatever contractual modality and irrespective of the nature of the family relationship, this may constitute a basis for withdrawing the offer of internship or, if the internship has started, to terminate it without notice or indemnity.  

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.  

UNDP does not tolerate Sexual Exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. 

All selected candidates will be required to undergo rigorous reference and background checks.