Governance and Peacebuilding -Internship

Location : Colombo, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :24-Apr-19 (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 :6 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 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.


Since 2017, United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) has been supporting the implementation of priority actions identified in key policy frameworks and commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka towards promoting Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. UNDP’s Flagship Portfolio on SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (henceforth, the portfolio) aims to strengthen the ability of key institutions to address governance deficits and deliver people-centric services, as a contribution to peace and development in Sri Lanka. The portfolio will be implemented by UNDP as part of its Country Programme. The portfolio intervenes across 3 inter-related service lines: (1) Parliament and Independent Commissions; (2) Rule of Law and Access to Justice (including transitional justice); and (3) Public Sector and Local Governance. Promoting Reconciliation and Peacebuilding would be a cross-cutting thematic across these service lines. Therefore, UNDP is looking to hire an intern to support the implementation of the portfolio across the 3 service lines based on the immediate need.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Intern will support the work of the Governance and Peacebuilding team, under the direction supervision of the Policy and Design Specialist for Governance and Peacebuilding, and in close consultation with all colleagues of the Team.

The specific tasks are outlined below:

  • Support the M&E requirements of team – undertake data collection exercises and data management on thematic areas based on the requirement and direction of the supervisor
  • Perform analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, draft reports presenting the results of the analysis in the required format
  • Conduct research on the thematic priority areas that will be determined by the supervisor
  • Contribute to the development of research reports and publications; policy position/discussion papers, and knowledge management products
  • Support the appraisal of ongoing project activities and progress reports (including through monitoring visits) and collect best practices and case studies which demonstrate qualitative and quantitative changes that have taken place
  • Provide any other support to the UNDP Governance and Peacebuilding cluster’s seminars, workshops, conferences, where applicable, as required by the Supervisor/s

At the end of the internship, the following report will be expected:  

  • A knowledge product in the thematic focal areas determined by the supervisor


  • Proactive
  • Team Player
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Quick learner
  • Good computer skills
  • Polite and outgoing

Required Skills and Experience

(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); in the field of communications, public relations, languages, journalism or equivalent;
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) 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.

  • Degree in Development Studies, International Relations, Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Sciences or any other related field
  • Experiences and/or academic knowledge in the field of Data Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Knowledge Management, and/or Results Based Management
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in English
  • Good IT competence and command of main office software programmes
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and a strong team working capacity
  • Willingness to travel to the field

Financial Aspects

  • UNDP does not remunerate interns in any way. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, health insurance, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns will not be entitled to any compensation for travel arrangements to and from the work location.

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