People Strategy Intern

Application Deadline :07-Apr-19 (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 :3-6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3-6 months


Today's development challenges are complex, and each context is different. That's why we tailor our work to fit the needs of the countries and communities we serve. UNDP's Strategic Plan (2018-2021) has been designed to be responsive to the wide diversity of the countries we serve. The diversity is reflected in three broad development contexts: eradicating poverty; structural transformations; and building resilience.

UNDP works in over 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. 

The mission of the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is to support the successful implementation of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. OHR is responsible for designing strategies, solutions, tools and services that enable and facilitate more effective and impactful people decisions, and to help shape a workplace where individuals thrive and teams excel. OHR focuses on e.g. HR policies, competency management, job design and classification; talent sourcing, onboarding, and succession management; diversity, employee engagement, and staff well-being; performance management, learning and leadership development, and career management and more.

OHR is currently creating UNDP’s new People Strategy (2019 – 2021) and related implementation plans – in partnership with other units of UNDP, to co-create the new People Strategy. 

We are looking for interns to join our team to support this important programme. Preferably full-time for 3-6 months as summer internships. The job requires creativity, enthusiasm to learn, and the ability to meet deadlines and maintain high-quality of output working under pressure. The ability to use good judgment and experience working in a multi-cultural setting are critical.

Duties and Responsibilities

The internship will be organized around these main activities:

  • People Strategy Design and Implementation:
  • Provide project management and coordination support
  • Provide technical input for people strategy related topics such as talent management, strategic workforce planning, performance management, talent reviews, career management, HR policies leadership development, learning, staff well-being, HR it and more
  • Support the creation of related People Strategy implementation plans including follow-up with various HR teams and project managers
  • Support creation of a reporting framework and reports for various audiences
  • Assist in designing / creating surveys, compiling and analyzing data
  • Provide logistical support e.g. organize meetings, roundtables (e.g. technology, passes)

Communications and Outreach:

  • Support internal and external communications including the usage of social media
  • Assist in the design and delivery of outreach products to educate staff around the globe on the new People Strategy e.g. creation of newsletter, global webinars


  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other tools)

Required Skills and Experience


  • Preferred educational background in Human Resources, Talent Management, Organizational Development, Occupational Psychology or related areas
  • Student enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • 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.


  • Previous experience in HR, Talent Management and/or Organizational Development is a strong asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset

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