Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Intern

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :25-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
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.


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.


Uganda has set out an agenda through its Vision 2040, of transforming the country from a largely peasant to a modern and prosperous economy and to achieve upper middle-income status by 2040 by building a people centred, independent, integrated, resilient, and self-sustaining economy. The vision is to be achieved through six successive five-year national development plans.  The overall goal of the current and third five-year development plan (NDP III) is to increase average household incomes and improve the quality of life of Ugandans. Uganda has made impressive gains in social and economic transformation and this progress is manifested, inter-alia, in; a) doubling of GDP over the last 10 years, from US$ 17.2 billion in 2010/11 to US$34.4 billion in 2019; b) increase in per-capita income from US$745 in 2012/13 to currently US$825; and c) increase in life expectancy from 54.5 years in 2012 to 64 years in 2017. 

However, several structural development challenges exist, coupled with the unprecedented long-term impact of COVID-19. The key constraints to accelerated and inclusive growth in Uganda include,  i) low productivity in the exploitation of the growth opportunities in agriculture, tourism, minerals and trade; ii) high cost of doing business; iii) existing gaps in social service delivery; iv) widening inequality as well as increase in poverty level from 19.7% in 2013 to 21.4% in 2016/17, albeit a light reduction to 20.3% in 2019/20; v) constraints to private sector investment, including access to and high cost of credit,  trade barriers, and business regulatory gaps; vi) increase in poverty levels exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic; vii) rise in levels of inequality and vulnerability; viii) a high youth unemployment rate - estimated at 13.3%;  and ix) increased influx of refugees into Uganda, with the accompanied pressure to sustain them. 

Uganda is the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, with over a million refugees (1.2 million by February 2019), and over 48 percent of the refugee population in the country live below poverty.  UNDP Uganda through its Country Programme (CPD 2021-2025) is supporting the implementation of the Government’s National Development Plan (NDP III) for the achievement of Uganda’s Vision 2040.  

UNDP Uganda invites eligible applicants to express interest in an internship opportunity to support the implementation of the CPD through one of its constituent programme offers – the Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Programme. The goal of the internship is to provide the successful candidate interested in international development with a better understanding of and practical experience on issues related to sustainable development and eradication of global poverty. The Intern will work under the overall guidance of the Deputy Resident Representative and the direct supervision of the Team Leader, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Programme. S/he will work in close collaboration with other members of the Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Unit, the programme management and operations units, the programme staff in other UN Agencies, as well as with the Programme Stakeholders in Government, Private Sector, and Civil Society.

Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Support 

  • Support monitoring through scheduled spot checks and draft stories for social media outreach on youth impactful initiatives and private sector engagements
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned from projects under implementation.
  • Provide inputs for the development of operational plans of action for youth initiatives
  • Support planning and execution of events.  
  • Mobilizing membership for operationalizing a national youth ecosystem.
  • Support taking minutes, drafting letters and talking points, and development of materials for presentations, incl. PowerPoints.
  • Provide support in procurement processes to ensure timely conclusion of sourcing and evaluation actions

Research, Communications and Knowledge Management  

  • Support programme team by undertaking targeted research assignments on thematic areas pertinent to inclusive and sustainable growth programming
  • Assist in publicity of project initiatives.
  • Track and compile monthly ISG related media reports.
  • Familiarise self with project documents, review project reports and draft summary results-based reports. 
  • Document success stories/experiences and lessons learnt. 
  • Curate impact messages for disseminations using various channels
  • Information sharing - Draft media releases for projects under implementations


  • 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;
  • 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 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.

Field of study: Economics, Business Administration, International Relations, Development Studies or equivalent. 

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