UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories supporting partner countries to achieve the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequalities and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More specifically, UNDP supports partner countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and building resilience to sustain development results.

UNDP's Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (serving 46 Country Offices in sub-Saharan Africa) develops high quality knowledge and policy products, and is the organisation’s main interface with regional and continental bodies such as the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities. 

The RSCA also implements a newly launched, continent-wide Regional Programme supporting Africa’s transformational agenda in the following priority areas, namely:

  • Priority 1 – People. African citizens (especially women and youth), in a context of reinvigorated social contracts, have a stronger voice and influence in African Union, regional economic communities and regional mechanisms policymaking and implementation processes.
  • Priority 2 – Prosperity. African citizens (especially women and youth) benefit from a regionally integrated, structurally transformed, and inclusive economy.
  • Priority 3 – Planet. African citizens (especially women and youth), supported by the African Union and regional economic communities and regional mechanisms, build a resilient Africa.
  • Priority 4 – Peace. African citizens (especially women and youth), supported by the African Union and regional economic communities and regional mechanisms, achieve measurable progress towards sustainable peace.

The Regional Programme for Africa is firmly aligned with addressing the multidimensional challenges faced with a strong emphasis on the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities by accelerating the structural transformation of economies from agriculture-based to manufacturing and beyond. Furthermore, increasingly in the evolving aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, a much stronger focus on building resilience to multidimensional shocks is also an important priority in Africa. These priorities are being strongly integrated into the focus areas of the UNDP RSCA Inclusive Growth (IG) Team, which, under priority 2 above, increasingly supports regional development that is inclusive and transformational, but also sustainable and resilient in eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities over time.

More specifically - under the umbrella of the African Agenda 2063 and UN SDGs 2030 - the IG team’s main thrust is to support African countries to align and integrate these global and continental agendas for sustainable development into their respective National Development Plans. Moreover, the UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-25, UNDP’s Renewed Strategic Offer for Africa and the Regional Programme for Africa have increasingly demanded that the IG collaborate more robustly within and across other UNDP RSCA thematic teams (e.g. Gender, Youth, Natural Capital and Environment, Private Sector, Governance and Resilience) to generate and deliver a more integrated package of services (that includes integrated policy and programme development, assessments, tools and evidence, and capacity and implementation support) on IG thematic areas (e.g. employment creation (including through MSMEs), informality, social protection, structural economic transformation, SDG integration and regional trade in the context of AfCFTA). In addition to its role as the provider of advisory services to partner countries, the IG Team continues to implement regional initiatives through the Regional Programme for Africa.

Against this background, the IG team is currently looking to recruit 3 interns to support the work of the IG Team along the following overarching thematic areas, and offers each intern a chance for deeper investigation in one of the three following areas:

  1. Informal Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and their potential role in Regional Trade in the context of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): This internship will allow the select candidate to support specific research requirements of the IG team on the nexus between informal MSMEs and regional African trade, as will be defined in the on-boarding stage. The idea would be to do specific research, generate data and evidence as well as identify entry points for how to improve the potential for informal MSMEs to play a larger role in regional trade (in the context of AfCFTA).  
  2. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Integration and Acceleration: These 2 internships will allow the select candidates to work together under the overarching theme of enabling Member States to integrate the SDGs and related international and regional commitments into their relevant plans, budgets and statistics to accelerate progress. The work will likely entail a mapping of Development Plan indicators to the SDGs indicators, and Budget objectives to the SDG targets, and analyze synergies and trade-offs within and across countries. It will also likely involve directly engaging and working with the Africa Union, the Regional Economic Communities and Countries from time to time.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Inclusive Growth Team leads on Sustainable livelihoods and Employment Creation and SDG integration, the interns will undertake the following tasks to support one of the three thematic areas (of their preference):

1. Informal MSMEs and Africa Regional Trade

The work in this area is divided along four lines on the specific topic to be researched, namely: Desk review, Generate data and evidence, Identify entry points, and Produce report and is likely to include:

  • Desk review of the relevant literature identified on informal MSMEs, AfCFTA including literature on challenges and opportunities to improve the potential for informal MSMEs and Regional Trade.
  • Generate data and evidence that emerged from the literature review and compile into a zero-draft report for feedback and inputs.
  • Identify entry points in consultation with the IG Team that would serve UNDP IG Team well in designing follow up policy and programmatic interventions and share the first draft for feedback and inputs.  
  • Produce a draft final report based on the feedback and inputs received, and submit for finalization including any further feedback and inputs.  

2. SDG Integration and Acceleration (2 Internships):

  • The work will likely entail mapping of Development Plan indicators to the SDGs indicators and Budget objectives to the SDG targets.
  • Undertaking the analysis of synergies and trade-offs within and across countries.
  • Engaging and working directly with the Africa Union, the Regional Economic Communities and Countries from time to time.
  • Producing a final report.

3. Other tasks for all the interns require attending team meetings and supporting administrative processes. 





Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 2: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 2: Proactively identifies new opportunities and challenges

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 2: Takes ownership of responsibilities


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 2: Understands, explains and shares information on assigned tasks with accuracy and clarity


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 2: Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services;    




Knowledge of economic concepts, principles and policies and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Execute & Learn: Perform defined tasks

Social Inclusion

Knowledge of inclusive growth, decent employment and social protection concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work


Knowledge of Entrepreneurship in the developing world and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 2:Execute & Learn:Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Knowledge Management

Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Level 2: Technical Assistance: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled in a master's degree programme in a recognized, accredited university in the subject areas of economics, public policy, development studies or a related area


  • Work experience not required, but some relevant work experience would be an asset including experience in international development
  • Computer skills:  MS Office proficiency
  • Understanding of and previous research on issues related to international development such as the SDGs, and with knowledge of the UN system is an asset. 
  • Excellent drafting and editing skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively in small and large multi-cultural teams.
  • Good Graphic Design, Visual Arts and/or Communications skills

Language Requirements:

  • English required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Intern requirements:

  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; 
  • Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station, will be paid by UNDP;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Additional information regarding the UNDP Internship Programme may be obtained at

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.