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). With presence in 170 countries and territories, UNDP endeavors to help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.  UNDP personnel are united by a common purpose: to help countries and communities across the world pursue peaceful, prosperous lives, live in harmony with the planet.

Drawing on the diversity of UNDP's client needs and partnerships, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is the hub for the global HR function for UNDP, providing strategy, policy setting, guidance and oversight. In addition, OHR provides a borad range of HR advisory and talent management services enabling UNDP to deliver fully integrated development solutions at corporate level.  In this context, OHR is focused on the implementation of an ambitious and forward-looking three year strategy, the People for 2030, which will progressively transform UNDP's culture and enable its workforce capacity to deliver more and better results.

Through Prople for 2030, OHR aims to be at the leading edge of HR in the international development sector by developing high quality and innovative human resources solutions to enable driving transformation across UNDP.  In this context and under the supervision of the Chief, Strategic HR and Performance Policy, the Human Resources (HR) Intern will support various projects undertaken by the Policy Unit, including policy drafting/revision and related data collection/analysis, in collaboration with other OHR teams.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development of HR policies and procedures by conducting analyses, gathering data, communicating with stakeholders, and drafting documents and templates.
  • Coordinate the collection of HR data and other information, in coordination with relevant stakeholders, in particular for the purpose of the ongoing comprehensive review of salary and entitlements by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).
  • Support the development of presentations and other communication materials as required to support the projects implemented by the Policy Unit.
  • Carry out research on HR policy issues, as assigned.


ore Competencies:

  • Achieve Results: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline.
  • Think Innovatively: Open to creative ideas/know risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements.
  • Learn Continuously: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback.
  • Adapt with Agility: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible.
  • Act with Determination: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in the face of adversity, confident.
  • Engage and Partner: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.

Technical Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Strong analytical skills and detail orientation;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and within a multi-cultural team;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong IT skills and excellent knowledge of office software packages (MS Office) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.

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 (Master's Degree programme or higher), preferably in the following areas of study such as Human Resources Management, Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, Organization Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Development Economics, International Relations, Organizational Development or any related fields;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's Degree or equivalent) in area of study such as Human Resources Management, Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, Organization Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Development Economics, International Relations, Organizational Development or any related fields;
  • Have recently graduate with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above and if selected must start the internship within one year of graduation;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this programme.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in the English language, both oral and written, is required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Conditions of the Internship:

  • UNDP Internship Programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • UNDP offers a monthly stipend to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transporation at the duty station;
  • All other expenses connected with the internship will be borned by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no reponsibility for costs arising from accidents and/r illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in the UN during the period of 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.