Internship (Sustainable Development Team)

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :28-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Chinese  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months, with possibility of extension
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months


UNDP promotes sustainable human development to help build resilient nations and to empower people to build better lives. As the UN's development network, UNDP has drawn on world-wide experience for over three decades to assist China both in developing solutions to its own ongoing development challenges, and in its south-south cooperation and engagement in global development. Domestically, our work focuses on Poverty Reduction, Good Governance, Energy & Environment, and Disaster Management. In UNDP’s Country Programme Document 2016-2020, UNDP position itself as a policy advisor to support China’s reform.

Over the past three decades, China’s urban population rapidly grew. Close to 60% of the population has been living in the cities. The rapid urbanisation brings new dimensions to comprehend cities, which is beyond their physical reality. They are no longer just centres of economic growth, and social and cultural melting pots. The intensity and incidence of multi-dimensional poverty in urban areas is on the rise, in addition to increase in the share of poverty in urban areas–which is over 25 per cent in many countries.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision of the Team Leader of the Sustainable Development (SD) Team, UNDP China, the intern will be based in Beijing. The intern will work with government institutions, organizations of the China Communist Party, and international and local civil society organizations (CSO), the programme supports political and social innovations, building capacity as well as developing leadership in China
Additionally, the intern will support the coordination of other sustainable development projects in the area of poverty, equity, governance, environment and energy.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Conducting background researches;
  • Drafting and consolidating documents;
  • Attend and provide administrative support to project/programme partner meetings, prepare speeches and concept notes, draft programme documents and meeting minutes and proofreading team documents;
  • Support the implementation of programmes, communications and advocacy events; Compile information packs and assist in production of updated promotional materials;
  • Assist the team in organizing the key forums and events;
  • Any other emerging tasks as required.


  • Taking responsibility and firm commitment to work related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SDGs;
  • Sufficient analytical skills and ability to conduct basic research with analysis;
  • Respecting deadlines, results-oriented, able to work under high pressure and in fast pace;
  • Resilient, flexible, quick response, fast learner, and good at multi-tasking;
  • Proud of working with UNDP, and passionate on development work;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the abilities of delivering information clearly and effectively, listening;
  • Respecting the spirit of teamwork;

Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint;

Required Skills and Experience

  • Current postgraduate student or advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent above) in development studies, sociology, social work, political science, public policy, public administration, or other social sciences. Advanced skills in research and analysis, and activity coordination experience is preferable;
  • Advanced command of English and Mandarin, especially reading and writing;
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft office applications;

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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