Intern - HR & Finance

Location : Copenhagen, DENMARK
Application Deadline :01-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :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.


UNDP is the UN Development Programme and works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. In 2017, UNDP is continuing to work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they help shape global sustainable development for the next 15 years.

The UNDP JPOSC is an end-to-end human resources service centre. It administers the Junior Professional Officer (JPO), Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator (SARC) and Specialist Development (SDP) Programmes whose overall goal is to provide young professionals the opportunity to gain experience in the field of international development cooperation, and as such to build capacities for the global development sector, while providing UNDP and other UN organizations with young talent with promising professional development.

Under the authority of the JPOSC Manager and the supervision of the above-mentioned staff members, the intern will contribute to the development and the maintenance of client-oriented services, and ensure that the JPOSC follows a model of excellence.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support and enhancement of the JPOSC Recruitment Activities (30%):

  • Support of the JPOSC recruitment activities (interview report writing, candidate reference checking, other related support to the HR Associates as applicable)
  • Support of the social media strategy when advertising/recruiting positions managed by the JPO Service         

2. Support and enhancement of the JPOSC Mentoring and Buddy Programme (40%):

  • Review and update all online and soft document content related to the UNDP and UN Women JPO/SARC/SDP Mentoring Programmes
  • Support the management of the Mentoring Programmes (on a monthly basis: communication on Social platform & liaising with potential mentees and mentors)
  • Support the evaluation of the JPO & SARC/SDP Mentoring Programme with mentors and mentees
  • Support the revamp of the Mentoring Programme platform
  • Support the transition to new JPO Career Mentoring Programme (promotion, communication & new documentation)
  • Support and enhancement of the JPO Buddy Programme: If requested support the launch of this new project (communication, admin) and the evaluation of the Buddy Programme

3. Support the integration of JPO/SARC entitlements in JPOSC Finance activities:

  • Preparation of analysis, overviews and/or reports (10%)
  • Other ad hoc tasks as needed and applicable (20%)


  • Demonstrating and/or safeguarding ethics and integrity;  
  • Demonstrating corporate knowledge and sound judgment; 
  • Self-development, initiative-taking; 
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work; 
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively; 
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Ability to draft and write reports;
  • Communication skills;
  • Computer literacy; 
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision making.


Required Skills and Experience

Please check the detailed eligibility/conditions (such as enrolment in a graduate/postgraduate program) on the UNDP JPO Service Centre website before applying.

Eligibility/Conditions: Interns may be accepted if the following conditions are met:

  • Applicants must meet the following minimum educational requirements: a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) OR; b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) OR; c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
  • Applicants shall have an excellent command of spoken and written English. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage
  • Preferred field of studies: Social or Political Science, Economics, Business Administration, Human Resources and Communication.

IT skills: Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Pack. Knowledge of database management software is an asset (e.g. Excel, Access).

Training Components and Learning Elements:

As a full member of the JPOSC team, the intern will:

  • Participate in in-house training opportunities as applicable
  • Learn the structure, mechanisms, policies and practice areas of UNDP
  • Participate in dedicated trainings and UNDP online learning tools
  • Strengthen his/her effective writing skills
  • Participate in working groups

Other requirements:

  • The selected candidate is expected to start his/her internship around mid to end February 2018
  • Candidates must hold the necessary permits to live and work in Denmark at the time of application

More details about the JPO Programme can be found on our web site: and on social media.

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