Intern - UNOSSC

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :03-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3-6 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.



The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) was established to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation globally and within the United Nations system. UNOSSC, hosted by UNDP since 1974, was established by the UN General Assembly with a mandate to advocate for and coordinate South-South and triangular cooperation on a global and UN system-wide basis. UNOSSC receives policy directives and guidance from the General Assembly and through its subsidiary body, the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation. UNOSSC is headed by the Director who reports to the UNDP Administrator.

UNOSSC works to be a robust knowledge hub providing advisory and consulting services to Member States, UN entities, IGOs, NGOs and other stakeholders on South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC). It advocates for Southern perspectives within the multilateral system and enables developing countries to effectively face their development challenges and harness opportunities to address them, while monitoring progress on the implementation of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, New Directions Strategy and the Nairobi Outcome.

In order to respond to the requests of Member States and the United Nations system, UNOSSC focuses its work along three pillars: (1) advocacy, (2) knowledge building, and (3) innovative programming.


UNOSSC offers internship opportunities to serve in its Regional Office for Asia-Pacific in Bangkok. The UNOSSC Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, located within United Nations Development Programme Bangkok Regional Hub (UNDP BRH), supports South-South cooperation in this dynamic, fast-growing and diversified region. A microcosm of the global office, the Asia-Pacific Office facilitates knowledge exchanges, forging strategic partnerships through South-South and triangular cooperation, mapping Southern development solutions, and undertaking outreach, advocacy and strategic communication on issues of critical importance to the South that call for South-South dialogue and solutions.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Coordinator, the intern will assist UNOSSC Regional Office for Asia-Pacific with the tasks outlined below:


Duties and responsibilities

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Research, documentation and knowledge management

  • The intern will give support to research and knowledge management activities on various issues related to South-South and triangular cooperation in Asia-Pacific countries.  
  • He/She will provide support: (i) research inputs to the Regional Office website; (ii) assist the Regional Office in preparation of South-South in Action (SSiA) publications with Asia-Pacific countries; and (iii) prepare reports, minute meetings, news releases, speeches, and presentations.
  • He/She will support the development of information management, communication and advocacy materials on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, and
  • He/she will assist regional office on due diligence assessments of partners. 
  • He she will support staff participating in the Issues Based Coalitions.




Support to UNOSSC events organizations

  • The intern will:
  1. Liaise with respective focal points to support the preparation of the South-South Entrepreneurship Academy and Global South-South Development EXPO 2022.
  2. Support preparation for the inaugural meetings of sub-regional DG forums as well as workshops and training that the office may be involved in.  
  3. Draft interview reports for South-South profiles.
  4. Support the compilation of materials for UNOSSC promotional videos production.  



Other activities

  • Provide support to the team as required.



  • Demonstrate commitment to the UN’s core values;
  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Communicate effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Respond positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) or;
  • Currently enrolled in a final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) or;
  • Graduated with a university degree - and if selected, must start the internship within one year after graduation.

Field of study: Public Administration, Public Policies, International Development, International Relations, Master of Laws or any other relevant field.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Computer literate in standard software applications and familiarity with Internet-based research.

Language skills:

  • Excellent writing and drafting skills in English as well as good communication skills required;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.



  • UNDP will not pay interns for internship but will provide a stipend in the amount of THB 8,302.50 monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP internship policy; all other expenses connected with it will be borne by me or my sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are 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 must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.



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