Internship Programme - UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)

Location : Brasilia, BRAZIL
Application Deadline :31-Dec-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :


The IPC-IG Internship Programme offers a selected group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to IPC-IG's work as a global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on development innovations. It is designed to provide support to IPC-IG’s applied research and policy advisory services and to complement the interns’ practical experience in various issues related to South-South Cooperation, international development and inclusive growth. The Programme operates under the rules and regulations of the UNDP Internship Policy.

The UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is a global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on development innovations. Since its establishment in Brasilia in 2004 as a result of a partnership with the Government of Brazil, IPC-IG has been consolidating its position as the leading voice on inclusive growth for and in the developing world. Our work aims at equipping policymakers from the South with the skills necessary to design, implement and evaluate policies and programmes towards the attainment of high inclusive growth. We believe that the emerging and new actors in the global scene, such as India, Brazil, South Africa and China, have a lot to share in terms of innovative social policies with other countries and that this exchange of ideas and best practices can contribute to the promotion of development at global level. We believe in the learning potential among countries in the South for the design, implementation and evaluation of effective policies towards inclusive growth.

Duties and Responsibilities

In 2011, IPC-IG will host interns on a continuous basis to provide support to our work in the following areas:  Communications, Outreach and Advocacy;   Social Protection and Cash Transfers; Rural and Sustainable Development;  Inclusive Growth; Development Innovations; and the legacy of large sporting events for developing nations.


  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment with full respect for diversity. Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensibility and adaptability. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with other UN Programmes, Funds and Agencies.
  • Professionalism: Ability to manage processes, maintain accurate records, interpret/analyze a wide variety of data, and identify/resolve data discrepancies and activity problems.
  • Planning and Organising: Demonstrated effective organizational skills and ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: Initiative and willingness to keep abreast of new trends in international development.
  • Technological Awareness: Proficiency in various MS Office applications and other IT applications. Proficiency in STATA software is an asset.
  • Communication: Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.

Required Skills and Experience

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:

  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a recognized university or research centre.
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development and relevant research experience and publications record.
  • Language skills: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in Portuguese and another working language used by UNDP (Spanish or French) is a differential. Fluency in Chinese or Arabic is also an asset.

Applicants must submit the following required documents by e-mail:

  • Updated CV/résumé
  • Complete and sign the “Application Form”, which is available online at:
  • A letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student’s performance.

Applicants must send the documents above specified to  quoting in the subject “IPC-IG Internship Programme”.

The selection process will consist of interviews and a written test. 


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.

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