UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS staff provide technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represent UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private, government and civil society dialogues, and engage in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.
UNDP's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan highlighting our continued commitment to eradicating poverty, accompanying countries in their pathways towards the SDGs and working towards the Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP's Nature, Climate Change, Energy, and Waste (NCE&W) Hubs promote and scale up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas.
BPPS’ Hubs on Nature, Climate, Energy and Waste, with the support of a Vertical Fund Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit, work with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate nature, climate, energy and waste related concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies, support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and oversee the implementation of the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming nature, climate change, energy and waste. This multi-billion-dollar portfolio encompasses:
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services including forests;
- Sustainable Land Management and Desertification including food and commodity systems;
- Water and Ocean Governance including SIDS;
- Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation;
- Sustainable Energy;
- Extractive Industries;
- Chemicals and Waste Management;
- Environmental Governance and Green/Circular Economy; and SCP approaches.
This work advances crosscutting themes on innovative finance, digital transformation, capacity development, human rights, gender equality, health, technology, and South-South learning.
Energy is one of UNDP’s six signature solutions – alongside poverty and inequality, governance, resilience, environment, and gender equality - to support countries towards three directions of change: structural transformation, leaving no one behind and resilience.
As per UNDP’s new Strategic Plan 2022-2025, the first objective of UNDP is increasing energy access for those furthest behind. By speeding up investment in distributed renewable energy solutions, especially for those hardest to reach and in crisis contexts, it aims to increase access to clean and affordable energy for 500 million people.
Second, UNDP will work to accelerate the transition to renewable energy through systems changes that support inclusive, green economies, particularly in countries with low levels of renewable energy generation or poor energy-efficiency improvement rates. This work will capitalize on technological gains, clean energy innovations and new business models in the energy sector.
The newly established UNDP Sustainable Energy Hub (SEH) will be the arrowhead of UNDP’s new Strategic Plan objectives. The Sustainable Energy Hub will build on UNDP’s existing Energy Portfolio, covering over 100 countries to harness clean energy and support the energy transition as well as on UNDP’s Climate Promise, UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub, and UNDP’s Digital offer.
The Sustainable Energy Hub will develop and operationalize, policies, programmes and partnerships to support the realization of UN/UNDP’s Energy Compact, a commitment to help increasing access to clean and affordable energy for 500 million people by 2025 and accelerating and supporting the transition to renewable energy.
Recognizing that change will be disruptive, UNDP will work to ensure that such transitions are just, and that their impact on vulnerable people is understood and duly mitigated.
The intern will work closely to the Sustainable Energy Hub to support UNDP’s approach to tracking progress towards the 500 million goals. This will be done by supporting the identification and the mapping of UNDP’s existing projects, initiatives and activities related to energy, and the monitoring and evaluation of the targets and results of the UNDP energy portfolio worldwide. The intern will provide technical data expertise to support the creation of a database with interactive maps and visualizations of the Vertical Fund and non-Vertical Fund projects on energy access. This database and visualization tools will later be shared with UNDP country offices for validation and updating.
UNDP is looking for a talented, motivated, and enthusiastic intern that will work closely to the SEH to support the UNDP energy portfolio mapping and data management activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
- Provide support in the review and analysis of strategic documents and materials for UNDP energy projects
- Support the development of a database with interactive data visualizations and maps of UNDP energy projects.
- Support analytics of Monitoring and Evaluation results collected from Country Offices
- Knowledge management and administrative support
Support the review and analysis of strategic documents and materials for UNDP energy projects
The Intern will support the SEH team in research activities that include:
- Assist the SEH and staff of the research group on research activities related to the UNDP energy-related projects to identify trends and patterns, including literature review, gathering data, drafting reports and other documents;
- Provide hands-on support to analyze and visualize various types of data and prepare reports to communicate the findings to the Sustainable Energy Hub;
- Data cleaning, processing, and database management, including, identifying data gaps and working with Country Offices to collect missing information;
- Set up Real-Time Data management pipelines to improve data availability for the SEH team.
Support the development of a database and interactive data visualizations and maps of UNDP energy projects
The Intern will support with research and analytical work to support the development of a database and interactive dashboard for all Vertical and Non-Vertical Fund projects on energy access, energy transition and energy resilience.
- Review all project documents and identify the energy-related activities. Key documents include the Project Document (ProDoc), Country Programme Document (CDP), Mid-term and Final Evaluation, etc.;
- Collect the project information to finalize the UNDP project mapping database. Create maps and visualizations to highlight the progress and results of UNDP's energy projects;
- Provide hands-on support to develop codes to automate processes;
- Provide support on drafting communication materials and data storytelling;
- Provide input and support on wider digital innovation and new technologies;
- Support the team to develop an interactive dashboard for data visualization;
- Work with Country Offices to ensure that the data in the interactive database is accurate and up to date.
Support analytics of Monitoring and Evaluation results collected from Country Offices.
The intern will support the analysis of the direct and indirect number of beneficiaries from the energy-related projects:
- Support the conversion of data from the outcome indicators from the Project Documents (e.g., baseline and target) into Direct Number of People;
- Support conversion of data from outcome indicators from the Project Documents (e.g., baseline and target) into Indirect Number of People, developing a methodology for identifying the multiplier factors to evaluate the Indirect beneficiaries;
- Work with Country Offices to improve data collection on the results and impact of UNDP's energy projects;
- Support the validation process of the results with the Country Offices;
- Research and document digital innovation and technologies happening within the portfolio and prepare reports to communicate the findings to the Sustainable Energy Hub.
Knowledge management and administrative support
- Support the development of knowledge management tools and processes to ensure that data and information related to UNDP's energy projects are effectively captured and shared;
- Support the organization and coordination of workshops, conferences, and inter-organization meetings;
- Assist internal stakeholder consultations, set up meetings and keep track of engagement plans;
- Assist in securing partnerships on data and modelling;
- Draft minutes and circulates for comments and finalization;
- Provide assistance in procurement efforts and logistical needs.
LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility:
LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination:
LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner:
LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:
LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in fields such as Energy, Data management, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related disciplines;
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in fields such as Energy, Data Management, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related disciplines;
- Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above), and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
- Relevant work/voluntary/internship experience in climate change or sustainable energy, multi-stakeholder initiatives at the domestic and/or international level;
- Knowledge of/familiarity with the design and/or implementation of development projects to promote energy investment. Hands on experience preferred;
- Experience working with a wide set of energy stakeholders, such as the private and financial sector, government, and civil society is an advantage;
- Field experience in energy-related projects in developing countries contexts is desirable;
- Knowledge of, and/or prior experience within, the UN system is considered an advantage.
- Excellent oral and written communication skulls in English language is required;
- Knowledge of French is considered an asset.
The interns will report to the Program Manager of the UNDP Sustainable Energy Hub.
Interns may be given a stipend under conditions prescribed in the section on stipends, below. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, passports, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of:
(a) The nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or
(b) The intern.
Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship program, 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.
The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend. No other payments of any kind will be made to an intern by the office in connection with an internship agreement.
Interns will accrue leave at the rate of 1.5 days per month. Any accrued leave days not used by the end of the internship will be forfeited. Any unjustified absences during the internship period exceeding a total of nine days, will be deducted from the monthly stipend.
Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern. Applicants for internships must show proof of valid medical insurance for the duty station in which they will intern. For applicants who are neither nationals or residents of the duty station, the insurance must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which:
- Requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment;
- Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence.
There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship. Interns cannot apply for, or be appointed to, any position during the period of their internship.
UNDP is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.