Green Energy Internship with UNDP

Location : Copenhagen, DENMARK
Application Deadline :03-Apr-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 to 6 Months

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.


Do you want to be part of an exciting, multicultural and fun environment, within a truly global organization, and at the same time contribute for the world to become a better place? The Green Energy internship can provide you with the opportunity to do so!  Join the efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Global ICT Advisory (GIA) unit of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is part of the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT). The unit is responsible for supporting UNDP Country Offices around the world with ICT and Green Energy solutions. Our Unit offers a stimulating and versatile internship in an international environment with contact to various partners from some 166 countries with UNDP presence. We are a team who work in a dynamic and informal atmosphere, and we expect our interns to become vital members of the team. As an intern, you will be given tasks and opportunities that have a direct global impact on the development efforts of the international community. The UNDP/OIMT GIA green energy internship programme enhances the academic life experience of passionate students or interns and empowers them to become socially responsible, innovative, and environmentally conscious leaders of tomorrow. We bridge the gap between textbook learning and real-World industry experience by taking interns behind the scenes of the world’s leading clean energy and sustainability initiatives, while learning to take into consideration the local context. As an intern in the GIA unit, you will also gain worldwide connections with other top-talented interns and UN staff from other agencies. Our office is located at the UN City in Copenhagen, giving you the opportunity to interact with people outside the UNDP’s GIA unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote and assist in implementing of green energy solutions in UNDP country offices worldwide;
  • Being the focal point for assigned Country Offices focusing on handling of requests, data collection, assessment of solar potential, and drafting business case;
  • Taking initiative in assisting UNDP country offices at each stage of our seven-step solar solution implementation process;
  • Engaging with solar/green energy companies and conducting a market research to develop sustainable and innovative green energy solutions;
  • Facilitate procurement and installation of Power Consumption Monitoring and Measuring (PCMM) units in country offices worldwide;
  • Liaison with service providers to expedite procurement and detailed site survey at UNDP Country Offices;
  • Advocating for and providing guidelines on energy efficient solutions to country offices;
  • Promoting green energy solutions through revamping intranet page, preparing pamphlets, procedures and Information Notes.
  • Chairing and participate in global conference call with country offices around the world;
  • Develop quality focused procedures, instructions and templates from best practice and disseminate through a Practice Community;
  • Work with Microsoft SharePoint applications, design intranet pages to share information with Country Offices
  • Supporting colleagues in administrative assignments and other ad hoc duties.


  • Technical knowledge of the main renewable energy technologies;
  • Electrical engineering knowledge is an advantage;
  • Work with gathering, consolidating and analysing data from databases and reports;
  • Efficient user of Microsoft Office tools;
  • HTML skills and web-design knowledge is an advantage;
  • Developing of content for the corporate Knowledge Management (KM) platform;
  • Promote the GIA’s overall ICT strategic framework and work plan pertaining to the minimum ICT standards, infrastructure, and connectivity dimensions;
  • Adhering to GIA unit's ISO 9001:2008 certified and all works shall be compliant with the international standard with focus on high quality, continuous improvements and customer satisfaction;
  • Has interest and understanding of green energy and sustainable development oriented areas of work;
  • Interest in developing sustainable energy solutions for country offices, focusing on green renewable energy;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research on feasible solutions;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a result oriented mind-set;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in the field of engineering, science or equivalent.


  • Knowledge and a user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Experience with main renewable energy technologies.


  • Fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage;


  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the 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 UNDP during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of 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;
  • Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.
  • The internship is unpaid. However, you will gain valuable insight into UNDP and a global network.
  • You are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for your education programme;
  • Eligibility for residency and undertaking internship in Denmark;
  • The intern will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation etc.

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