Project Assistance Intern

Location : Bucharest, ROMANIA
Application Deadline :13-May-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :June 2016 – December 2016
Expected Duration of Assignment :estimated six months, 5 hours per day, 5 days per week

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.


In 2007, following its accession to the European Union (EU), Romania has become donor of official development assistance (ODA), offering financial support to developing countries and contributing in this way to the global efforts to eradicate extreme poverty world-wide. Since then, Romania has strived to position itself on the international development arena as an innovative donor, with the main comparative advantage of being able to share its direct experience and knowledge in the democratic transition and Euro-Atlantic integration processes. Romania’s strategic objective in development cooperation is to contribute to poverty reduction by promoting security and economic welfare, state of law, sustainable economic development, climate change mitigation and investments in education, complementing international efforts in the field. Romania’s development cooperation policy is coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) who is responsible with setting the policy’s legal and strategic framework. 

The current efforts of the MFA are supported by the UNDP through the New ODA Cooperation Partnership with Romania project, whose objective is to support Romania in becoming an effective, innovative and increasingly influential actor for development cooperation so it can achieve sustainable, scalable development impact in the countries that are a priority of Romanian ODA. As part of the partnership, the UNDP offers a wide range of support services to the Romanian MFA, including capacity building, project management (implementation, monitoring, evaluation, etc) and communication. 

In light of the objectives presented above, the UNDP Romanian ODA team is searching for an intern to provide support in tasks such as event organization, data base creation and communication.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will carry out the following responsibilities, under the supervision of the Romanian ODA Project Manager and in close coordination with the Romanian ODA project team:

  • Assist in the organization of various events such as trainings, conferences, work meetings;
  • Create one data base summarizing the information of all mobility missions financed through the MFA-UNDP Mobility Fund for Governmental Experts;
  • Assist in developing other knowledge products under the guidance of the Romania ODA team;
  • Produce, edit and upload content on the RoAid website;
  • Translate articles and other documents between Romanian and English; 
  • Provide input to boost RoAid presence on Facebook.

The intern has the option to work from the UNDP office in Bucharest on a part-time basis, minimum 5 hours per day and 5 days a week.


  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; 
  • Strong organizational, time-management, and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong interest in international development and in Romania’s development cooperation programme;
  • Ability to work in team, openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education: 

  • Enrollment in a university degree programme in a development related field such as: international relations, communication studies or international development studies`
  • The intern must either a) be enrolled in the last year of Bachelor’s degree, or b) be enrolled in a second university degree or higher, or c) have graduated and start the internship within first year after graduation;
  • Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.


  • Computer literacy in standard software applications;
  • Knowledge of social media channels, especially Facebook, and an interest in online communications;
  • Proven experience in social media, writing and editing would be an asset.

Language skills: 

  • Excellent verbal, writing and editing skills in Romanian and English.


Financial Issues:
Internships within the UN system are unpaid and subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with prior to signing his/her internship agreement.
The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.

Application procedure
The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;
  • Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance.

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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