4 Internships, Conflict Prevention and Partnerships, BPPS

Location : Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :19-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :7 weeks

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.


4 unpaid internships are available (indicate your date preference in your application):

  • 2 posts for 7 weeks, starting 11 June 2018 ending 27 July 2018
  • 2 posts for 7 weeks, starting 3 September 2018 ending 19 October 2018


The UNDPs’ Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) aims to ensure that the Organization’s development efforts incorporate necessary elements of crisis prevention and timely recovery support. This requires a focus on skills and capacities in national institutions and communities – in order that risks of disasters and violent conflict are minimized and a foundation for sustainable development secured.

The overall goal of the UNDP Office in Geneva is to support the active and strategic engagement of BPPS, on behalf of UNDP, with Geneva-based UN and other external humanitarian, human rights and development partners whose work is vital for the successful implementation of UNDP’s crisis prevention and recovery mandate. The UNDP Office in Geneva serves as the interface of BPPS with the Armed Violence Prevention and Humanitarian Disarmament partners in Geneva. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Adviser, Conflict Prevention – Partnerships, the objectives of this internship will be mainly:


  • Support the Adviser, Conflict Prevention – Partnerships in follow up of formal and informal debates within the framework of the Human Rights Council with the objective to produce targeted and general regular information in reference to human rights and ensure its timely communication to relevant Country Offices, Regional hubs and Bureaus and thematic units within the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster; 
  • Accompany the Adviser, Conflict Prevention – Partnerships  in internal and external meetings;
  • Provide overall support to follow up on meeting and telephone conferences action points;
  • Prepare drafts of all relevant background documents for meetings (terms of reference, concept notes, briefings, reports,  discussion papers, as relevant);
  • Carry out all other related tasks assigned by the Adviser, Conflict Prevention – Partnerships as agreed.


  • Self-starter, organized, detail oriented;
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities;
  • A demonstrated ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and produce concise content;
  • Demonstrate/safeguard ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and plan ahead;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in an international environment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Must be enrolled in an advanced university degree in journalism, political science, sociology, international relations, public administration, development studies, international law at the time of application and during the internship, OR, have recently graduated and must start the internship within the first year of graduation;
  • Familiarity with the UN system, and/or other international organisations, multi-lateral and other academic and international institutions working on Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and/or conflict/violence related issues
  • Experience with web based applications and websites is required
  • Experience of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) 


  • Fluent in English (written and spoken) is required. Knowledge in another UN official language (Arabic, French or Spanish) an asset.


No travel is envisaged for this internship.  The interns will be required to have their own laptops during the internship and while present at the Human Rights Council. 


Conditions of the internship:

  • UNDP will not pay for the internship; all expenses connected with it will be borne by the intern;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.  The Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institutions;
  • 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;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.


Selected candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Letter of intent/motivation;
  • Letter confirming University enrolment;
  • Letter of endorsement from the University, or proof of (Master’s programme) graduation if within less than one year;
  • Scanned visa document/scanned passport document if no visa is required;
  • Documentation of health insurance coverage for duration of internship.

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