Sustainable Development Goals Integrated Solutions Platform (ISP)

Location : Colombo, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :26-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :Six months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Six months


The Sustainable Development Goals Integrated Solutions Platform pilot project is a joint initiative by UNDP, ILO and the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) on behalf of the UN Country Team (UNCT). This initiative was conceptualised to support the follow up and review process of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda by generating and testing new data strategies and promoting informed and inclusive policy making.

One component of this project is a tool that tracks and visualizes public sector, private sector and development partner investment towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sri Lanka. This provides an overview of the SDG financing ecosystem in the country, and, in doing so, identifies where funding gaps exist. This initiative, for the first time, brings together government commitments, private sector contributions and official development assistance towards the SDGs and highlights the potential for innovative funding opportunities which could bring Sri Lanka closer to achieving peaceful, just, inclusive and equitable development for its people.

The other component of the platform is an innovative space that brings diverse stakeholders together to participate in curated discussions around the SDGs. Referred to as ‘UNLOCKED’, this space offers users the opportunity to speak up on issues that matter, promote research and reach out to a wide network of thought leaders helping to shape Sri Lanka’s future.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will support the activities of the SDG ISP, and work under the direct supervision of the SDG Knowledge and Innovation Coordinator in close consultation with the project team. He/she will also receive overall guidance from the Data, Results Monitoring and Reporting Specialist at the RCO. The specific tasks are outlined below:

  • Support all data collection activities required to track public sector investment, private sector investment and official development assistance (ODA) towards the SDGs in Sri Lanka
  • Extract and input data from secondary sources into the public sector, private sector and development partner investment databases
  • Provide coordination support to SDG ISP activities by documenting discussions, assisting with logistical arrangements for offline events, and liaising with project partners in the Government and private sector
  • Assist in any and all other tasks as required for the successful implementation of the project


  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Delivery

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • 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, Social Sciences, Economics, Finance, Statistics or any other related field;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office packages;
  • Ability to think and work logically and precisely;
  • Highly organized and energetic, with exceptional attention to detail;
  • A team player with good inter-personal skills.

A person who is the child or sibling of an UNDP staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at UNDP. An applicant who bears any other family relationship with a UNDP staff member may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member.
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