Intern – Inclusive Growth

Location : Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
Application Deadline :27-Jul-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
Expected Duration of Assignment :6

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 UNDP country office in South Africa supports the government of South Africa in achieving its development goals outlined in the National Development Plan 2030 as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNDP country office’s activities are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2020 -2025), the UNDP Strategic Plan (2022-2025), and the UNDP South Africa Country Programme Document (2020-2025). UNDP’s country programmes seek to contribute to South Africa’s social and economic transformational aspirations from policy support to implementation. UNDP brings knowledge of global best practices to South Africa through flagship knowledge reports including the Human Development Reports. 

Under the guidance of the Resident Representative and the direct supervision of the Programme Manager: Inclusive Growth, the Intern will support the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNDP’s Inclusive Growth programme and projects. The Intern will collect and analyze relevant socio-economic data for the Inclusive Growth Unit’s policy support and programme development as well as briefings to management on socio-economic policies and trends and their relevant linkages to topical emerging issues in South Africa. The Intern will advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support strategies and monitoring toward the achievement. The Intern will also lend assistance in strengthening stakeholder relations and enhancing UNDP South Africa’s visibility. 

Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for full-time, office-based interns who can contribute to the work of the Inclusive Growth Unit. As the Inclusive Growth portfolio is diverse, the Intern must be comfortable taking on a variety of assignments and new challenges. Under the direct supervision of Programme Manager: Inclusive Growth, the Intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the UNDP Inclusive Growth programme and projects
  • Collect and analyze socio-economic data relevant to the promotion of inclusive and sustainable growth in South Africa
  • Advocate and support the formulation of strategies and the monitoring of progress towards the achievement of the SDGs
  • Research potential partners and funding opportunities
  • Develop concept notes
  • Support stakeholder management
  • Support the planning and organization of events
  • Support the development of communication and knowledge management products
  • Attend conferences and meetings with stakeholders and prepare meeting minutes
  • Assist in drafting and preparing official documents
  • Any other tasks as may be required

The key results of the post are to expose and strengthen the intern’s awareness and capacity in the following:

  • UNDP’s mandate and contributions to the national development agenda
  • Programme and project management skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Official writing skills
  • SDGs advocacy and monitoring


Corporate Competencies:

  • Interest and familiarity with development issues including inclusive and sustainable growth, employment promotion, entrepreneurship development, micro, small, and medium enterprise development, skill development, and digital inclusion
  • Integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotion of the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability to multicultural environments

Functional Competencies:

  • Above average understanding and knowledge of development issues in South Africa
  • An excellent skill set in critical thinking and analytical capacity
  • Excellent research skills
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills

Required Skills and Experience


At least a first degree in economics, development studies, social sciences, or other relevant areas. An advanced degree is preferred


  • No work experience necessary but must be eager and proactive
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages
  • Understanding and familiarity with issues related to inclusive growth and the SDGs would be advantageous
  • Exposure to international development in inclusive growth and South Africa’s development would be a significant bonus

Computer Skills : Excelent

Langauage requirements: Proficiency in English and working knowledge of one of the local languages

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