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; and pursue peaceful, prosperous lives, lived in harmony with the planet.

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

Through People 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 HR Specialist, Organizational Design and Workforce Planning, the Human Resources (HR) Intern will support various initiatives on delivering a range of strategic HR services in Talent/Workforce Management, Competency Framework, Organizational Design and Job Design and Personnel Services Agreement (PSA). The incumbent will collaborate with other OHR teams to provide efficient client-specific HR solutions that are fair, consistent, objective and consistent with the policies and procedures of UNDP.

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Capacity Mapping, Workforce Planning and Analytics

  • Generate workforce data and conduct data analysis based on specific HR needs.
  • Prepare HR reports, presentations, briefing notes based on the analysis of the workforce.
  • Study and analyze the results of position management data.
  • Support with UNDP wide capacity mapping and Workforce planning efforts on platform.

2)   Competency Framework and Generic JD Update

  • Provide support in updating standards in job design (e.g. job description template, generic job descriptions for CO, Regional and Global Offices and HQ).
  • Assist with the update of the competency framework and collaborate with other units on integration of the competency framework in all HR processes.

3) Support Different Strategic HR Projects Within the Portfolio

  • Support capacity building of Country Office and Headquarter staff on job design and organizational design issues.
  • Support cross-unit cooperation and coordination with a view on enhancing HR products and business solutions.
  • Assist with organizational design scenario planning in restructuring exercises.
  • Assist with any other HR related projects within the portfolio.
  • The incumbent performs other duties which makes part of this role explicitly open-ended as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization


Core 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 face of adversity, confidence.
  • 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/Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and detailed orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and within a multi-cultural team.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong IT skills and excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office package 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 graduated 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 highly desirable.

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 transportation at the duty station.
  • All other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or 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 UN during the period of the internship.
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in the health insurance plan.
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.