Internship - Human Development Report Office

Application Deadline :23-Jul-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 :3 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 mission of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom. HDRO works towards this goal by promoting innovative new ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development. HDRO works with others to achieve change through writing and research, data analysis and presentation, and outreach and advocacy work.

The objective of this internship is to provide the intern with the opportunity to learn about the Human Development approach and current international development issues; and investigate and learn about different sources of data that are useful for the work of the office.

In particular, the intern will be able to contribute through research and data analysis to the Human Development Report 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will be supervised by the Chief of Statistics or a senior member of the Research team (depending on main area of work) and will work closely with the team on the preparation of the Human Development Report 2019. In particular, they are expected to deliver the following tasks:

  • Provide assistance for quantitative and qualitative background research for the report.
  • Undertake literature reviews.
  • Write short research notes.
  • Review and verification of statistical materials for the report.
  • Support the team in analysis and presentation of human development statistics.
  • Assist in identification of data sources and preparation of datasets.
  • Assist in fact checking and proof reading.
  • Support other activities as requested.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. Program in economics, statistics, or social sciences.


  • Familiar with the Human Development concept.
  • Experience with and knowledge of Stata and Excel.


  • Fluent in English


Candidates who are shortlisted and contacted by UNDP must submit the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Have a valid visa to work in the US;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out (i.e. New York, USA).
  • Have medical and life insurance.
  • 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;
  • Complete and sign the “Application Form” and for further information please go to

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months;

UNDP does not pay for internships. Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP;

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.

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