Programme Support Intern

Application Deadline :03-Jun-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 :6 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6-9 Months


Launched in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a unique multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development, and the United Nations Development Programme - which hosts the secretariat. BCtA aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging and supporting companies to develop inclusive business (IB) models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. BCtA aims to enhance the visibility, credibility, scale and effectiveness of inclusive businesses as market-based solutions to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and benefit those at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP).

BCtA's value proposition is to drive the inclusive business agenda globally by engaging private sector, governments and development community in joint efforts towards inclusive economic growth and social impact. BCtA members are market leaders and innovators, committed to developing commercially viable business ventures that engage people living at the BoP as consumers, producers, suppliers, and distributors of goods and services. Worldwide, over 200 companies have responded to BCtA by making commitments to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions through commercially-viable business ventures.

In the region, UNDP works with national and international partners to strengthen the social contract between the state and society in a manner that protects human rights, promotes equality, and enhances social cohesion. Sustainable Development Goal 16 frames the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provision of access to justice for all, and the building of effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels as a priority for the 2030 development agenda. UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2018-2021) prioritizes democratic governance and peacebuilding as the key to strengthening the social contract between the people and the state in realizing resilient and sustainable development. To contribute to this overall goal, the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster in UNDP ECA works regionally and at country level on:

 Advocating for openness, transparency and accountability of public institutions, anti-corruption and strengthening civil society engagement; 

Strengthening the rule of law including community security and promoting rights and access to justice of marginalized communities;

Enhancing public services and institutional responsiveness including public sector performance measures, voice and participation, particularly of excluded groups including youth;

Supporting effective local governance frameworks, decentralization and implementation mechanisms;

Supporting conflict prevention through national dialogue, local peace committees, and confidence-building activities while building institutional capacity to address risks and crises;

Placing gender equality and women at the center of decision-making and peace efforts.

With this in mind, UNDP BCTA is looking for a knowledgeable and dedicated intern to join to support the Programme Support Associate.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Support Associate, the intern will have the following tasks:

Support procurement and vendor management in the team;

Draft, edit and format procurement materials;

Provide technical support in the procurement evaluation process and reporting;

Communicate with the suppliers via mail for the necessary occasion;

Assist in day-to-day work of the supervisor, prepare background materials for the meetings;

Provide supplier research on different topics of procurement;

Any other related tasks deem necessary and appropriate.



Good planning, coordination skills;

Ability to work under pressure;

Attention to critical details;

Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose;

Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;

Good communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


Education: Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) in a relevant discipline (International relations, International Development, Law, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Global/Regional Studies or other relevant field) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

Experience: Understanding of specifics of the international organizations, particularly UN/UNDP and its tasks and mandate, sharing UNDP’s goals;

Ability to conduct advanced internet search and work with multiple documentation sources to extract required data and information [literature review];

Experience with handling of procurement management systems and Microsoft Office tools is an advantage;

Language skills: Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English.

Application procedure:

The application should contain:

Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;

Current and complete CV in English.

Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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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