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 Intern will strengthen UNDP’s capacity to support Rwanda to make the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals a reality. The Intern will provide analysis, coordination and quality assurance support to the Country Office through the Inclusive Green Economy Unit. S/he collaborates with teams within the Country Office and throughout UNDP to support the representational, advocacy, partnership and communication commitments of the Resident Representative.


The Intern monitors and analyses development trends, activities, reports, audit findings and evaluation results from the CO and offers substantive recommendations to inform future country decisions and enhance CO results and performance.  S/He provides substantive support to the Country Office’s position as a leading UN Agency on complex development issues, by supporting CO Senior Management in proactively engaging with internal and external stakeholders, preparing briefing notes and positioning papers, and reviewing and appraising the quality, completeness and relevance of information provided by relevant parties.

S/he will be guided by and report to the Senior Economist/Economic Advisor in IGEU. The supervisor will mentor the Intern in three key areas:

  • Policy analysis mainly in economic and social analysis
  • Professional skills development
  • Partnership development and teamwork

The Intern will work closely with UNDP programme Units, Including Transformational Governance Unit (TGU), Sustainable Growth Unit (SGU), Accelerator Lab and YouthConnekt Programmes.



Duties and Responsibilities

Policy analysis mainly in economic and social analysis

  • Assist in undertaking statistical and technical review of policies, strategies and programmes in key sectors to promote inclusive growth and sustainable human development
  • Follow economic and social development issues in Rwanda and in close collaboration with the Economic Advisor, analyse key issues and challenges.
  • Provide economic inputs to all relevant UNDP programmes and projects for aligning UNDP programmes with national policies and priorities and with the SDGs.

Partnership development and teamwork

  • Assist in drafting regular briefs on country economic situation and other policy related issues
  • Learn about UNDP work, knowledge and best practices through direct interaction with headquarters and other offices, and participation in electronic networks, and apply the knowledge gained in his/her work with UNDP Rwanda.  

Internship Conditions

  • UNDP internships are not remunerated. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity;
  • 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.


  • 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 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 master’s degree or equivalent studies


  • Field of study: economics, finance, business administration, international relations, public administration or equivalent and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.    
  • IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools


  • Language skills:
  • Fluent in English with excellent reading and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage