Present in 166 countries and territories, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supports governments in developing strong policies, institutions and partnerships to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It does so in part through its comprehensive knowledge network, which includes expert practitioners that provide focused advice and support in strategic policy areas.
UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. The GPN assists UNDP and its partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. The GPN also supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data-driven, including in its programme support efforts.
Within the GPN, the Effectiveness Group provides crucial support to ensure that UNDP is an effective, accountable and transparent thought leader and partner of choice for sustainable development. Through support to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) and International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), the Effectiveness Group fosters multi-stakeholder actions for more effective cooperation and partnerships, including strengthening policies, institutions and systems, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships to make the best use of all available resources to realise national development goals. Drawing on the comparative advantages of UNDP in strengthening country capacities to manage and coordinate development cooperation, the Effectiveness Group supports the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, as part of the OECD-UNDP Joint Support Team.
UNDP’s work in this area is guided by principles of effective development cooperation and supports global policy dialogue and mutual learning on effective development cooperation, helping increase the availability of transparent data on development cooperation, while supporting countries in implementing and monitoring the effective development cooperation principles. In addition, cultivating networks of partners and development practitioners is another key element of UNDP’s support to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision and guidance of Global Policy Adviser and working day-to-day reporting to various team members leading on different substantive issues, the interns will focus on the following:
Policy Analysis and Secretariat Support (30%):
- Under the direct supervision of senior team members, provide specific support to activities of a new 2023-2026 Work Programme as part of the OECD-UNDP Joint Support Team including research trends in development effectiveness / co-operation and identify linkages / key areas of support for UNDP's work in advancing the global development effectiveness agenda for 100 countries; and
- Under the direct supervision of senior team members, contribute to policy research and development of policy / practice products such as issue briefs, discussions papers, country stories, blog posts and practice notes, as well as outreach, research and support related to write-ups for the GPEDC Action Dialogues and monitoring.
Knowledge Management and Communication (40%):
- Act as the day-to-day focal point for updating the website and cultivating an online community of practice / knowledge-sharing platform for effective development cooperation practitioners, including through day-to-day management, outreach, synthesis of knowledge / lessons learned, updating key partner country contact lists.
- Support social media account management and implementation of the 2023 GPEDC communication strategy, including drafting of newsletters, stories of progress, social media content, etc.
Events Liaison (30%)
- Provide logistical support to annual events organized under the auspices of the Global Partnership, including international workshops, side events, webinars and Steering Committee meetings
- Responsible for day-to-day outreach with multiple partners including OECD and GPEDC Steering Committee members.
- Excellent organizational, event planning, and time management skills, attention to detail and proven ability to work independently with multiple partners, and with limited supervision and under tight deadlines;
- Proven research and writing skills, with track record in producing development research and other materials;
- Strong service and team-work orientation; evident cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a fast-paced multi-national environment;
- Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to learning; and
- Commitment to UNDP vision, mission, and values and knowledge of UN work environment an advantage.
Required Skills and Experience
Candidate must be enrolled in a degree programme in a development related field such as economics, public administration, public policy or international relations/international development studies.
Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a post graduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as a bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
- Previous experience in research and policy development, communications, advocacy, large-scale event planning is an asset, and experience in developing countries is desirable.
- Knowledge of, or direct experience working with effective development co-operation issues, the GPEDC or IATI is an asset.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English - competency in other UN language(s), especially French and/or Spanish, is a strong asset.
Strong online research skills and good knowledge of the Microsoft Office Package. Skills in graphic design and video production as well as advanced excel and data base management skills in particular are considered an asset.
UNDP will provide a monthly stipend. The interns will be responsible for providing his or her own laptop and internet access. Reporting and supervision will be conducted online through weekly team update meetings. UNDP will provide access to various UNDP tools as a means of communication with the team.
Conditions of internship:
Internships within the UN system are subject to following conditions, which the candidates should familiarize themselves with prior to applying:
- Starting from January 2020 interns will receive stipends according to UN rules and regulations.
- Any further costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs.
- UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. The Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;
- UNDP does not provide assistance with travel and/or housing and the Intern will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
- The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof;
- Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook.
- Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
- UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months
Selected candidates will be asked to submit the following documents prior to joining:
- A duly completed UNDP Internship Application Form
- A signed UNDP Internship Agreement
- Copy of updated CV/resume
- Official letter from the university confirming current enrolment and graduation date;
- Copy of passport/national ID card;
- A copy of his/her school transcript;
- Letter of endorsement/recommendation from a Professor
- Proof of valid medical/accident insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains) for the duty station for which they will work.