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, lived 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 broad 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, People for 2030, which will progressively transform UNDP’s culture and enable its workforce capacity 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 and driving transformation across UNDP. In this context, OHR is seeking an intern to support the design and implementation of the organizational efforts in advancing the diversity and inclusion agenda, with a special focus on gender parity and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workplace.

Full or part-time for 3-6 months, the internship requires creativity, enthusiasm to learn, and motivation to close gender gaps and empower persons with disabilities in the UNDP workplace.

Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support UNDP's DEI Committee through its Secretariat

  • Contribute to coordination of DEI events to be conducted during the DEI week.
  • Support consultation processes with the DEI Committee members on ongoing areas of work that may include recommendations to mainstream disability-inclusion across UNDP and engage with the DEI Committee members as Bureau Focal points to promote the mapping of childcare facilities in family-duty stations, substitution mechanisms for personnel on long leaves, and socialization of return-to-work guidelines for managers, among others.

2. Mapping of Childcare Services and Communication Assets

  • Contribute to efforts that support mapping of available childcare services including roll out of guidelines for UNDP country offices and researching and documenting available facilities, services, and resources in HQ office.
  • Assist in the development of assets and communications materials to inform UNDP personnel about childcare options and resources available to them.

3. Substitution of Personnel on long leaves

  • Support the creation of a dedicated page on DEI SharePoint and upload available guidance on increasing team capacity and reintegration from long leave.
  • Under the guidance of the DEI Specialist, assist in compiling relevant information across the UN system on existing funding mechanisms to substitute personnel on extended leave, including key sources of funding, eligibility criteria, and application procedures for such mechanisms.

4. Guideline Development for Graduated Back-to-Work Plans

  • Under the guidance of the DEI Specialist, assist in researching best practices related to graduated return to work for employees returning from extended leave to support development of guidelines for managers.

5. UNDP Disability Inclusion Café, virtual sessions that aim to increase the understanding of UNDP personnel on issues related to disability inclusion.

  • Support communications and coordination of a series of virtual sessions that aim to increase the understanding of UNDP personnel on issues related to disability inclusion, including organizing liaising with vendors to provide Sign Language Interpretation and CART services for all sessions.


Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Level 1: Assesses work with critical eye

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 1: Takes responsibility for and ensures high quality of own work

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
Level 1: Understands personal and team roles, responsibilities and objectives

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Level 1: Reliably and consistently listens and interprets information and instruction correctly

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 1: Meets goals and timelines for team deliverables

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);

(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Previous work experience would be advantage but not a requirement.
  • Knowledge of gender and/or disability inclusion would be an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages would be necessary.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.