Programme Intern

Location : Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
Application Deadline :26-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months


Special Notice

A completed internship application form & Cover Note is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

  1. Graduate Degree Programme (What are you currently studying);
  2. Graduation Date (When will you be graduating from the programme or when have you graduated);
  3. Period of availability, including earliest start date;
  4. List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
  5. Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship;
  6. Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Unit, Under the guidance and supervision of the Assistant Resident Representative. The intern will assist in providing and collecting information for project formulation, implementation and related story write up for communication. 

The intern works in close collaboration with programme and project teams in the CO, as required, to assist in project idea formulation, quality assurance and reporting on ongoing project.

The internship is in the Office of United Nations Development Programme and full-time (five days per week), for duration of three (3) months and can be extended up to six (6) months

Remuneration, insurance and interns’ expenses

1. Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of:

(a) The nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or

(b) The intern, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence through private sources.

2. Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.

3. Applicants for internships must show proof of valid medical insurance for the duty station in which they will intern. For applicants which are neither nationals or residents of the duty station, the insurance must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which:

(a) Requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment;

(b) Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence.

4. UNDP accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Support to formulation of new project ideas and documents in the Energy and Environment portfolio;
  • Work in the revision/formulation of Project Documents on women issues;
  • Support on progress reporting of projects;
  • Follow up on Quality assurance requirements for all projects;
  • Review all contracts for consultants to abide by auditors and legal advisor recommendations;
  • Conduct research on topics related to sustainable development;
  • Translate documents such as work-plans and Terms of Reference (TORS);
  • Draft letters in Arabic and/or English addressed to national counterparts.

The key results have an impact on the overall CO reporting in programme and success in improving of programme overall documentation.  Accurate analysis and presentation of information enhances UNDP position as a strong development partner. The information provided facilitates decision making of the management.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Demonstrates excellent team player’s skills and attitude

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Bachelor’s degree minimum in translation, economics, or social sciences;

Language requirement: Fluent Arabic & English.


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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