UNDP is seeking two interns to support the engagement of the IDPS Secretariat in 2024. The first intern is expected to work in 1 January 2024 to 30 June 2024(6 months), while the second intern is expected to work from 1 July 2024 to 31 December 2024(6 months).
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.
INTERNSHIP OFFICE BACKGROUND:
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 2022-2025.
Within the GPN, the Crisis Bureau guides UNDP’s corporate crisis and fragility related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response and recovery. The Bureau has the responsibility for support to prevention, crisis response, resilience, recovery and peacebuilding work under the auspices of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Crisis Bureau staff provide global strategic advice to UNDP management and technical advice to regional hubs and Country Offices; advocate for UNDP corporate messages, represent UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora, and engage in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. As part of the Global Policy Network (GPN), the Crisis Bureau works in an integrated manner with UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) ensuring that issues are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. Peace outcomes are delivered in a coherent manner, working across the GPN that includes the Governance team in Bureau of Policy and Programme Support.
The Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) team within the Crisis Bureau works on an integrated, conflict sensitive offer to strengthen development pathways to prevent conflict and build/sustain peace. Through a complementary thematic portfolio, policy and advocacy, technical accompaniment, partnerships and tools, CPPRI contributes to UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025 with a focus on Leaving No One Behind, resilience, and structural transformation. As part of the Global Policy Network (GPN), the CPPRI Team covers the following thematic/programming areas:
- Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding;
- Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE);
- Core Government Functions and Local Governance;
- Climate Security.
The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) Secretariat, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme,(UNDP), provides coordination support through facilitating regular communication among its constituencies, coordinating meetings and events to support the implementation of IDPS activities, and facilitating linkages between IDPS and other relevant fora. It provides administrative support for IDPS meetings and events, fundraising efforts and managing of reporting to donors. The Secretariat further provides communication support through production and dissemination of relevant analytical work, facilitating knowledge sharing, consolidating, and disseminating learning from IDPS events on SDG 16+ and Sustaining Peace agendas, developing communication products, and maintaining IDPS presence on social media platforms.
To bring this new agenda to the fore, the IDPS Secretariat implements the dialogue and moves the collective agenda of the IDPS members forward by coordinating member participation, commitments and facilitating experience sharing and knowledge exchange among members. Through an evolution of the IDPS platform, consulted and developed with the co-chairs, UNDP and strategic partners and constituency, the objective of the International Dialogue is to strengthen conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding for the international community through policy, programme and partnerships, better understanding of the context, incentives, and political realities, at the global, regional, and country levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
Support to IDPS Events and Engagement:
- Support the organization of IDPS virtual and in-person meetings;
- Prepare reports and readouts for IDPS meetings;
- Support timely follow up to IDPS’ internal and external engagement;
- Maintain an updated calendar of relevant events to identify opportunities for IDPS engagement;
- Monitor global policy making efforts to support the identification of IDPS advocacy and engagement opportunities. (% of time spent - 40%)
Support to IDPS Knowledge Management and Communications:
- Prepare regular news and media monitoring reports on IDPS-related developments;
- Support development and dissemination of IDPS newsletter updates;
- Draft social media posts and support social media campaigns;
- Support capturing and disseminating lessons learned from IDPS’ internal and external engagement;
- Support coordination with communication focal points in IDPS constituencies and in the alignment of communication efforts across IDPS constituencies. (% of time spent - 40%)
- Additional tasks as required to support the IDPS Secretariat and the Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding team to support linkages between the work of IDPS and UNDP’s broader work on peacebuilding. ( % of time spent - 20%)
- Commitment to UNDP’s vision, mission, and strategic goals.
- Highest standards of integrity, discretion, and loyalty.
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication and administrative skills.
- Able to work effectively in a team and in an international environment.
Functional and Technical Competencies:
- Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
- Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
- Effective communication skills in producing written communication products;
- Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Excellent organizational and time management skills;
- Ability to take initiative and work independently.
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 bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent studies.
Field of study: International Development, Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Studies, Social Sciences or equivalent.
- Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
- Knowledge and proficient user of digital meeting tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.
- Excellent command of English and French is required;
- Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.