Research and Outreach Intern - SECU

Application Deadline :04-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :4.5 to 6 Months


UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES) apply to UNDP projects and programmes and are intended to strengthen the social and environmental outcomes of UNDP projects and avoid adverse impacts to people and the environment affected by projects. UNDP’s Social and Environmental Compliance Unit (SECU) within the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) helps ensure compliance with the SES. SECU forms one of the two units that comprise UNDP’s Accountability Mechanism (the other being a dispute resolution function that is located in a separate office from SECU). SECU conducts compliance reviews in response to complaints alleging that the SES have somehow been violated in the context of UNDP projects and programming. SECU investigates these claims to determine if and how the SES have been violated (rendering a project “out of compliance with the SES”), and how a project can be brought into compliance with corrective measures.

The operations of SECU within OAI are ongoing and require support, with a particular emphasis on raising awareness of SECU, executing outreach campaigns with related media, coordinating our social media presence, assisting in policy/factual research, providing logistical support for events (such as conferences, presentations, and meetings), and supporting its operations, including the possibility of assisting in specific compliance review cases. SECU is seeking an intern to aid in these functions.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the SECU Unit Coordinator, the Intern will be asked to complete the following tasks:

  • Assists in policy and/or factual research

  • Assists in social media, traditional media and other outreach/communication campaigns

  • Assists in editing, formatting, and drafting relevant documents

  • Assists in identifying, collating and analysing potential evidence.

  • Assists in event and logistics coordination, including conferences that SECU would organize itself and ones that SECU would attend/present at.

  • Assists in various administrative tasks.

  • Assists in the intake and processing of SECU complaints and/or Dispute Resolution requests

  • Undertakes other related functions as requested by the SECU Unit Coordinator or others at OAI/SECU

  • If multilingual, assists in translations and translation quality control of relevant documents, as well as outreach/inreach in other languages

  • Possesses a willingness to be adaptive, take on extra responsibility, be proactive and willing to help on whatever needs assistance.

  • Be independent and able to work in a dynamic environment



  • Demonstrates integrity;
  • Demonstrates the ability to remain objective, neutral and independent;
  • Displays cultural sensitivity;
  • Produces timely, quality outputs;
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks;
  • Writes clearly and effectively;
  • Speaks clearly and convincingly;
  • Excellent research, writing, communication, editing, and time-management skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required;

  • Current enrollment in or recently graduated from (within 1 year) a related graduate program(s) such as communications, graphic visual design/communications, law, international development/affairs/public policy, human rights/environmental law, or other related field;


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (word, power point, excel) required;
  • Knowledge of social media platforms required;

  • Knowledge of graphic design and video-editing software (Adobe suite, etc) desirable;

  • Interest and/or experience in law, compliance, administrative decision-making, accountability mechanisms, alternative dispute resolution, and/or international development desirable.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English required;

  • Proficiency in French and/or Spanish highly desirable;

  • Proficiency in other languages desirable.

Additional Information

  • Internship is located at UNDP Headquarters in New York

  • Internship will be 3-4 days/week, depending on availability

  • Internship to start in Fall 2018, with a maximum of 6 months and no fewer than 4.5 months duration

  • Individual must legally be allowed to reside and intern in the United States. The UNDP is unable to sponsor visas for interns.

  • Internship is unpaid. The intern must find his/her own lodging and secure funding from outside sources or fund him/herself for the duration of the internship.

  • Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a phone/Skype interview.


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