The UNDP internship programme offers an outstanding graduate-level student the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work with the objective of deepening his/her knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various professional aspects. 

Objective of the internship: Provide support to the Economic Unit of the office.

Under the overall guidance of the Senior Economic Advisor, the incumbent will provide overall support to the Economics Unit ensuring high quality of work, accurate, timely and properly recorded/documented service delivery. The Economics Unit Assistant promotes a client-oriented and consistent with rules and regulations approach in the Unit.
The Economics Unit Assistant works in close collaboration with the other service center team members in close collaboration with UNDP Inclusive Growth Cluster Leader, as well as other Operations, Programme and projects staff in the CO and UN agencies staff to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensures efficient administrative support , focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Draft of short technical notes on development issues;
  • Gathering of information on socioeconomic issues;
  • Elaboration of tables and charts in Excel;
  • Elaboration of presentations in Power Point;
  • Draft of meeting minutes in Word;
  • Technical translations from English to Portuguese and viceversa;
  • Support to technical and logistics arrangements for workshops and meetings hosted by the UNDP in the areas of the competency of the Senior Economic Advisor;
  • Other duties as directed by the Senior Economic Advisor.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;  
  • Demonstrate 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;
  • 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


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


  • No experience required.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Portuguese and good working knowledge of English is required.

Conditions of internship:

  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. 
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Selected candidates much submit the following documents:

  • Letter of intent/motivation;
  • Letter confirming University enrolment or copy of completed university degree.