Intern (3 positions)

Application Deadline :21-Dec-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3-6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3-6 months


UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2008 – 2013) defines capacity development as the overarching UNDP contribution, and the principles of national ownership, effective development cooperation and South-South Cooperation guide UNDP’s interventions. The Strategic Plan and the 2008 regionalization framework articulate the corporate requirement to bring timely and effective substantive and technical services to UNDP country offices through a strengthened practice architecture at global, regional and country levels. The UNDP practice architecture serves as a framework for better organizing UNDP to provide consistent policy advisory services, more relevant and substantive policy knowledge and better linking of policy, programming, and capacity development. The value of the practice architecture lies in its comprehensive structure to solidify UNDP and its staff into global knowledge teams that ensure coherence, consistency, alignment and quality assurance in the way UNDP delivers services to development partners and programme countries, as well as internally.
The Bureau of Development and Policy - Knowledge Innovation Capacity Group seeks to recruit (3) interns to be based in New York.  The three interns will support different departments within the practice. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support to the management of the effective development cooperation online Community of Practice.
  • Support to the organization of meetings related to the International Aid Transparency Initiative
  • Participation in overall functioning of both the Effective Development Cooperation Team and the National Implementation Capacities Team, including team meetings, reporting, travel facilitation.
  • Support to the elaboration and implementation of an online toolkit on Capacity Development for Effective Development Cooperation for UNDP practitioners.
  • Support to the elaboration and implementation of an online toolkit on national implementation capacities for development practitioners.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor



  • Strong organizational and research skills;
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and writing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment;
  • Respect for diversity: understanding of the United Nations system, operations and structures, particularly those related to capacity development and/or post-conflict contexts;
  • Work under minimum supervision and tight deadlines.


  • Demonstrate integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP's values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development-related field such as social or political sciences, international relations, communications, public or business administration or any related field. (Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible)
  • Experience in the work environment of an international institution is desirable especial in areas of public administration, public finance or development cooperation. Similarly,  experiences which have been gathered in the context of a developing country, and/or emerging economy (including studies abroad) are an asset.
  • Good computer skills specifically Excel and Word; first experience with web-based content management systems is an asset.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Note that candidates that have graduated are not eligible for internship.
The successful candidate will be required to:
  • Bring a certificate from her school that s/he is enrolled in a Master's programme; Have a valid visa to work in the US; Have medical and life insurance.
 Interns’ Expenses:
  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern's participation in the Programme must be borne by: the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.
Subsequent Employment:
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

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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.

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