Intern (UNDP Accelerator Lab Pacific (Tonga))

Location : Nuku'alofa, TONGA
Application Deadline :03-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Six Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

The Accelerator Labs are UNDP’s new way of working in development. The labs will transform our collective approach by introducing new services, backed by evidence and practice, and by accelerating the testing and dissemination of solutions within and across countries. Sense-making, collective intelligence, solutions mapping, and experimentation will be part of the new offer from UNDP to governments.

Together with national and global partners, the UNDP Global Accelerator Labs started with 60 Lab teams covering 78 countries and have now expanded to 91 Labs covering 115 countries. The Accelerator Labs will work together to find radically new approaches that fit the complexity of current development challenges. The labs will analyze challenges within local contexts to identify connections and patterns in search of new avenues of work to act effectively in addressing wicked development challenges.

The intern will work with the Accelerator Lab Pacific to develop and deploy Accelerator Lab methodologies to address development challenges in the Pacific. 

Duties and Responsibilities


Duties and responsibilities

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Knowledge support

  • Assist with data collection and management, including identifying unusual or untapped data sources/communities
  • Assist with Community Research and Ethnography
  • Assist in documentation of Accelerator Lab learnings



Project and programme support

  • Assist in event management and logistics
  • Assist with experimentation design and execution
  • Assist in volunteer recruitment, management, and mobilization
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed
  • Assist building and establishing an online community of practice for solutions mapping in Tonga



Technical support

  • Assist in setting up systems and processes for the Accelerator Lab
  • Assist in the teaching and dissemination of Accelerator Lab methodologies
  • Assist in communications and publicity
  • Assist with administrative duties as and when required



  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and proactive, initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Good writing skills
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree; or
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
  • have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent studies; or
  • enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.

Field of study: All academic backgrounds welcome, but priority will be given to candidates with interdisciplinary experience, e.g., anthropology, social sciences, data science, innovation, human geography, society, arts and humanities, policy or equivalent.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Familiarity with solutions mapping, data analysis, experiment design and/or social media tools and platforms is an advantage.

Language skills:

  • English required;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

Application procedure
The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;

Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a 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.

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance.

Subsequent Employment

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.
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