Internship programme - United Nation Coordination Office

Location : Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE
Application Deadline :04-Aug-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Duration of Initial Contract :2 - 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :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.


The United Nations Resident Coordinator´s Office (RCO) in Mozambique is offering to talented university graduates the opportunity of a short-term internship in Maputo, Mozambique.

The internship is designed to complement the candidate’s academic interest in international development- studies with practical experience in the day-to-day coordination of development cooperation activities including advocacy, program development, reporting and or evaluation, agenda 2030. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Resident Coordinator, the intern may be asked to contribute to the following activities:

  • Assist with the collection of information and data on different initiatives of the coordination office;
  • Contribute to efforts to prepare knowledge products rich with information;
  • Provide support to the maintenance of UN Mozambique Facebook page;
  • Translate documents, presentations, news articles and press releases into English-Portuguese (and vice-versa);
  • Assist in gathering news articles related to the UN work in Mozambique;
  • Assist in gathering documents on the ongoing joint UN programmes;
  • Support in the organization of events;
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to UN coordination team;
  • Assist in conceptualizing, backstopping and monitoring implementation of activities with key partners in the context of the Sustainable Development Agendas and Goals (SDGs);
  • Support the preparation of tailored information for advocacy focusing on civil society engagement.


Functional Competencies

  • Strong sense of collaborative work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Keen attention to details;
  • Ability to adapt to a and respond quickly to change;


  • Speaks and writes clearly, concisely and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • Is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • 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;
  • Professionalism: Ability to manage processes, maintain accurate records, interpret/analyze a wide variety of data, and identify/resolve problems;
  • Planning and Organizing: Demonstrated effective organizational skills and ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner.

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose;
  • Expected to demonstrate a keen interest in the field of development.


  • Fluency in English and Portuguese is required.


Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of:

  • The nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or
  • The intern, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence through private sources.

Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.

Applicants for internships must show proof of valid medical insurance for Mozambique. For applicants which are neither nationals or residents of the duty station, the insurance must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which:

  • Requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment;
  • Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence.

UNDP accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship. 

Women candidates and persons with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

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