Internship - Multi-dimensional crisis and fragility analysis, Policy Engagement Team (CFPET), Crisis Bureau

Location : Geneva / Home-based (telecommuting arragement during COVID-19 restrictions), SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :14-Dec-21 (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 :6 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.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP works through 136 country offices to provide development advocacy, advice and assistance to 166 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Arab States, Eastern Europe, CIS, Latin America and the Caribbean, working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Strategic Plan 2022-2025 will direct UNDP’s work with countries to expand people’s choices for a fairer sustainable future, to build the world envisaged by Agenda 2030. Nowhere is this more critical than in countries experiencing crisis, conflicts and fragility, home to 76.5% of the world’s extremely poor where all aspects of Agenda 2030 are at risk.

Coordinated by UNDP’s Crisis Bureau, the forthcoming Framework for Development Solutions for Crisis and Fragile Contexts will deliver on the Strategic Plan’s vision and provide a coordinated framework for UNDP’s work in crisis settings.

The Framework adopts a 2030-time horizon with three different strategies:

  • For Today's crises: Development solutions that address the root causes of today’s protracted crises, protect, and foster systemic development gains, and promote a risk-informed, resilient recovery with a focus on the furthest behind.
  • For Tomorrow's crises: Development solutions to prevent, anticipate and build resilience to foreseeable crises and shocks looming on the horizon, addressing structural vulnerabilities and risk drivers, and seizing opportunities to deliver change.
  • 2030 and beyond: Development solutions - informed by innovative policy and programming - in response to change drivers and challenges and opportunities uncovered through future scenarios and foresight.

The internship will be part of the Crisis Fragility Policy Engagement Team (CFPET) of the Crisis Bureau in Geneva and work with the Team charged with the drafting and the implementation of the Framework for Development Solutions for Crisis and Fragile Contexts.


Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will be based in the Crisis Fragility Policy Engagement Team (CFPET) and will work closely with the Partnership Policy Advisor and the Programme Specialiat and contribute to the following tasks:

Research and design of risk-informed multidimensional analyses:

  • Support and undertake desk-based research on specific fragile and conflict affected countries to support the development of resilience systems analysis ‘briefing packs’ prior to in-country multi-stakeholder workshops. This will include the identification of key risks in the relevant country context and the mapping of capacities in a society to manage and withstand risks at national, sub-national, community and household levels.

Coordination of design of risk-informed multidimensional analyses:

  • Assist in the coordination of the information and analyses including the preparation of agendas, participant lists and liaising with key stakeholders on administration and logistics requirements.
  • Support communication with internal and external stakeholders and, if necessary, the administration of meetings.

Communications and presentation of multidimensional analyses:

  • Contributing to the communications packaging and presentation of the multidimensional analyses, including inputs into the development and design of materials.




  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose;
  • Demonstrated interest and motivation in the field of development;
  • A desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.


  • Demonstrated research and administration skills and the ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders at different levels of seniority;
  • Skilled working with data management and analysis;
  • Exemplary planning and organizational skills with a high degree of detail orientation;
  • Strong electronic communication skills including writing, summarizing and editing short items;
  • Experience working with data visualization tools a plus;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task;
  • Attention to detail is crucial;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Responsible, responsive and enthusiastic.


Required Skills and Experience


Applicants must at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a post graduate degree programme (Master programme or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficient in written and spoken English; 
  • Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.


Institutional arrangements:

  • The intern will be part of UNDP’s Crisis & Fragility Policy and Engagement Team (CFPET) in Geneva.
  • In the current context, the intern is expected to work from home, as travel may be restricted to/from Geneva.
  • S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist and under the overall strategic guidance of the Senior Policy and Partnership Advisor.

Conditions of internship

  • As of 1 January 2020, Interns may be given a stipend in accordance with the UNDP Internship Policies, if the intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme; a stipend is intended to compensate for the cost of living at the duty station.
  • 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.
  • To travel to the duty station, 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 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.
  • The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.
  • For more information about the application process and UNDP's internship terms and conditions, visit:

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter, and CV through the online portal. Please note that only one document can be uploaded, therefore please scan the cover letter and CV all into one document.

Selected candidates will be contacted by email and will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • Letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • Copy of his/her most recent school transcript;
  • Copy of national passport;
  • Completed UNDP internship application form (to be provided upon selection);
  • Signed UNDP Internship Agreement (to be provided upon selection);
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health (to be provided upon selection);
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage for the duration of the internship assignment in Switzerland (to be provided upon selection).

Kindly note the above documentation is required within one week after selection


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