Internship, Partnerships, Migration and Displacement, BPPS

Location : Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :13-Jan-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French   Spanish  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Six months


UNDP is the global development network of the United Nations, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in more than 170 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. 

UNDP Geneva Office seeks to support the active and strategic engagement of UNDP with Geneva-based UN and other external humanitarian, human rights and development partners whose work is vital for the successful achievement of productive capacities  and early economic revitalization related outcomes and outputs of the UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017. 

The Geneva Office serves as the primary interface with Geneva-based agencies working on migration, displacement and reintegration. The success and effectiveness of this work depends on coherent, predictable and joint work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other humanitarian and development actors to capitalize on the different areas of institutional expertise.

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Policy Specialist & Focal Point on Partnerships, Migration and Displacement, the Intern will contribute to the representation, policy development, partnership and implementation functions of the Geneva Office:

Representation/coordination/co-chairing in relevant inter-agency processes and bilateral meetings with partners, including:

  • On reintegration/development solutions for displacement: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) in particular co-chairing the IASC Reference Group on Protracted Displacement;
  • On migration and development:  International Organization for Migration (IOM), including supporting UNDP’s participation in the Global Migration Group (GMG) and the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD);
  • On reintegration/DDR: Inter-Agency Working Group on Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration (IAWG-DDR) and its Geneva-based members, including on developing the new guidance on reintegration in new contexts;
  • On natural resource management/biodiversity: United Nations Environment Programme – Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, including all support for the Joint Programme on Gender Approaches to Natural Resource Management in Peacebuilidng.

Policy and programme development and strategic advice through synthesis and analysis of key developments from the above-mentioned processes to the relevant leadership in New York, including advice on strategies and policies to deepen and broaden UNDP’s partnerships with relevant Geneva-based institutions, and opportunities to enhance communications, advocacy, outreach and resource mobilization strategies.

Fundraising through the development of donor proposals, the organization of briefings for donors and the preparation of communication materials, such as newsletters, briefs, success stories and other informational materials to be disseminated in digital form (e-mail and/or website).

Implementation of the above-mentioned strategies, policies and programmes to promote and strengthen strategic partnerships, through effective consultations and in cooperation with relevant partners; this also includes organization of special events such as symposiums and seminars to advocate corporate priorities and issues as well as enhance understanding of and support for UNDP.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will contribute his/her gender expertise while supporting with the following tasks:

  • Support the organization of meetings and events such as publications launches (draft agenda, ensure establishment of phone bridge/VTC connection, participation of members, minutes, as relevant);
  • Prepare drafts of relevant background documents for meetings (terms of reference, concept notes, reports, as relevant);
  • Prepare and update mappings of actors, programmes or relevant issues/topics;
  • Provide overall support in the creation and maintenance of community of practices established in thematic areas;
  • Prepare drafts of communication materials for the website and other relevant means of communication;
  • Conduct desk reviews and research on relevant topics in support of policy development and strategic advice;
  • Participate in internal meetings and provide overall support in preparation of minutes;
  • Participate in missions and trainings as appropriate; and
  • Carry out all other related tasks assigned by the Policy Specialist, as agreed.


  • Demonstrate integrity and fairness by modeling the UN/UNDP values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Strong inter-personal skills;
  • Proven ability and skill to work under high pressure, with strong delivery orientation;
  • Ability to work in a team with staff from diverse national and cultural backgrounds in a productive and mutually supportive environment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Current enrollment or within the first year after completion of a graduated degree programme in development studies, international relations, political science, economics, law and relevant to the social sciences;
  • Experience with web-based application and websites, Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) is required.


  • Full working knowledge (written and spoken) of English, fluency in French and Spanish an asset.

Conditions of Internship:

  • Applicants must complete the online form and upload a recent CV/resume along with the completed and signed UNDP Application Form: “Application Form”;
  • Additional information regarding the UNDP Internship Programme may be obtained at;
  • UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months;
  • UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the latter 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.

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.

Shortlisted Applicants will be required to submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Copy of school transcript;
  • Letter of endorsement from a faculty member who has worked with the student in the recent past and who is knowledgeable on the student’s performance;
  • Proof of medical insurance valid for the duration of the internship in Switzerland.

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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