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Intern (up to 8 positions)
|Location :||Banja Luka, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|Application Deadline :||17-Sep-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months, starting on 1st September 2023|
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.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), in line with its 2021-2025 Country Programme, United nations Development Programme (UNDP) work focuses on sustainable and inclusive growth, people-centered governance and social cohesion. The UNDP Country Programme outcomes correspond to three outcomes of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2021-2025 (outcome 1 on resilient, sustainable and inclusive growth, outcome 4 on accountable and transparent governance systems, and outcome 5 on social cohesion and trust). UNDP is fully committed to support BIH with regards to its Agenda 2030 commitments as well as the European Union (EU) accession process.
During the past years, Science and Technology Parks (STPs) worldwide have witnessed rapid development fueled by collaboration among government, science, and the private sector. STPs worldwide have been developing for over fifty years, starting with the first generation of STPs where the focus was on gathering companies and renting space, all the way long to very complex systems. Observing these trends, the Government of Republika Srpska (RS), has recognized the potential for the development of the local innovation ecosystem and challenged the biased attitudes toward research commercialization and collaboration between science and industry. This has set the basis for the development of this sector and demonstrated the government’s commitment to this issue.
However, initial research has shown that Banja Luka is only at the beginning of the development of the local innovation ecosystem. The University of Banja Luka (UNIBL) has around 20,000 students, 17 faculties, and Institute for Genetic Resources. Despite sporadic examples, there are no significant links between science and industry that would lead to more applied research and technology transfer activities. To back the creation of productive linkages between new technologies, science, innovation, and fast-growing industries, thus accelerating sustainable economic development, entrepreneurship, and jobs and leveraging unique local and regional new businesses, start-ups and economic opportunities, the RS Ministry of Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society (Ministry) has initiated the creation of STP in Banja Luka.
Given the existing strong and strategic partnership between the Ministry, UNIBL and UNDP, the Ministry has addressed UNDP with a request to provide technical assistance in the process of establishment of the STP Banja Luka and building capacities for its efficient and effective functioning. Result of this initiative and the partnership between the Ministry, UNDP and Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) as the Donor, is this Project.
The main objectives of the Project are to provide technical assistance in support of the RS Government, in:
The STP in Banja Luka will support the promotion of knowledge development, the development of more effective cooperation between the scientific and research communities and the private sector, the creation of favorable conditions for the development of innovative companies, as well as help attract foreign investments. And it will serve as a vehicle for promoting an environment conducive to technopreneurship and aim to leverage the contribution of science and technology for sustainable economic growth. These objectives are at the center of work of the Good Governance Sector of the UNDP Country Office, under which this project is implemented.
To perform its role successfully, the STP BL must be institutionally linked with the University and focused on supporting the new entrepreneurship and expansion of the existing businesses, with a focus on information technologies. UNIBL has identified and formally allocated an appropriate building plot for construction of the STP, placed within the Banja Luka Campus. The allocated land plot provides not only sufficient space and infrastructure for the STP to be build, but by being physically located within the University campus, it allows also for a better and more efficient communication and cooperation of the future STP tenants with the researchers, students and teachers of different faculties of the UNIBL.
Based on the state of the current Banja Luka innovation ecosystem (growing start-up scene, presence of some international companies, strong IT community and talents), a need to foster the creation of new innovative companies, to support existing ones in decreasing their current dependence on outsourcing, and to help them to focus on developing their own proprietary technologies, have been identified as the priority focuses of the STP BL support programmes.
It is envisaged that the STP BL would in the future provide support for the following types of tenants:
Based on the mapped strengths and weaknesses of the start-up companies in the Banja Luka area, the STP should in begging consider providing the following types of services for the companies:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UNDP Project Manager, and in close collaboration with the representatives of the Ministry and the future STP BL management, the Intern will assist in implementation of the project activities which are related to establishment and building capacities of the STP BL and its management team.
Internship-specific duties and responsibilities may fall under the following categories:
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP Internship Programme must at the time of the application meet one of the following requirements:
Degree and experience in the following academic disciplines will be considered as an advantage:
The intern will have the opportunity to:
Terms and Conditions
More information available at: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/operations/jobs/types-of-opportunities/internships.html