Internship with United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)-Africa

Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :25-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French  
Duration of Initial Contract :3 to 6 months


The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)-Africa is a supporting technical institution and knowledge hub providing advisory services on South-South and Triangular Cooperation to Member States, United Nations agencies, other institutions and entities based in Africa or working on African issues. UNOSSC-Africa aims at enabling African countries and institutions to effectively tackle their key development challenges by harnessing opportunities and knowledge in the Global South and from partner countries of the North through Triangular Cooperation.  

UNOSSC-Africa works closely with its headquarters in N.Y. USA and other regional offices namely in the Asia-Pacific Region (Bangkok, Thailand), Europe and Arab States (Istanbul, Turkey), and UNDP as the Umbrella agency.  UNOSSC-Africa works to ensure timely access to high quality analysis, mapping, programming, and reporting on data, trends and opportunities to all African countries, institutions and entities working on African issues or for Africa. 

UNOSSC-Africa is a very exciting place to work in; on the one hand, a variety of themes are touched upon daily. For the next three years our regional programme focus areas are: Trade, Investment/business, Governance, Climate Change, Peace and Security, Youth in development and Technology, particularly Women and Youth in Technology. 

On the other hand, the Office works with a variety of institutions including the African Union Commission and its institutions, the Economic Commission for Africa, all UN agencies, African Union Member States, Non-African countries accredited to the AU, partners such as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Commonwealth (soon), IDEA International and other institutions such as the African Development Bank, ISS etc..

The Office approach and modus operandi are mainly South-South and Triangular Cooperation based. UNOSSC-Africa has established an internship programme for young people interested in strengthening their understanding of the United Nations, UNOSSC, its mandate, mission and its work within and outside the United Nations System. The UNOSSC internship programme provides research opportunities with a strong practical usage for young students trying to apply or test their theoretical knowledge on/with the development realities. The internship is therefore a great opportunity for young graduates to test and develop their various skills in the real professional world.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the UNOSSC–Africa team in their applied research work by collecting data on topics that your supervisor will identify;
  • Assist the UNOSSC-Africa team in preparing and running workshops and Conferences through planning of events, correspondence, and follow-ups with different participants and partners and managing booths during events;
  • Contribute to UNOSSC’s post BAPA+40 work with different partners;
  • Support UNOSSC-Africa team in their work on the Women in STEM initiative;
  • Take notes during meetings and prepare reports; 
  • Assist organizing events to promote South-South and Triangular Cooperation; and
  • Support other tasks as requested.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive / integrate feedback;
  • Works collaboratively with team members by sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;
  • Positive and results-oriented attitude.

Technical/Functional Competencies/Skills:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities; 
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Good research skills;
  • Good writing skills;
  • Marketing skills or ability to sell an idea to people;
  • Good communication and time management skills;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Power Point Presentation software;
  • Inter-personal skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree economics, public administration, public policy, or international relations/international development / business studies; or
  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
  • Have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a master’s degree or equivalent studies.


  • Good writing skills;
  • Excellent general understanding of development, international affairs, business principles, poverty, human rights and other related issues;
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment; and
  • Working in a public environment.


  • Proficiency in English and working knowledge of French;
  • Knowledge of Portuguese or other UN languages would be an asset.

Intern requiements:

  • Applicants should indicate which months they are available part and/or full time and when they complete their studies;
  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • The Intern is expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for his/her education programme;
  • The intern will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation etc.;
  • Additional information regarding the UNDP Internship Programme may be obtained at

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.

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