Internship with Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (ACPIS)

Location : Singappore, SINGAPORE
Application Deadline :06-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months


UNDP’s Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (ACPIS) global project (2016-2020)

Despite the challenging global and regional contexts for tackling corruption, there was an important global agreement in 2015. The 2030 Development Agenda, which comprises a set of ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets that build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), was adopted on 25 September 2015 by 193 Member States. The 2030 Agenda was a major breakthrough for the anti-corruption movement because it capitalizes on the importance of promoting transparency, accountability and anti-corruption, and makes an explicit link between corruption, peace and just and inclusive societies. SDG 16 includes key anti-corruption targets needed to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies, and accelerate the achievement of all the SDGs, such as goals related to poverty eradication, reducing inequalities, improving education, health, water and sanitation, and infrastructure, and fostering safe and resilient cities.  
UNDP’s Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies global project (2016-2020) succeeded the Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) (2013-2016) and is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia. As UNDP’s main vehicle for policy and programming support on anti-corruption, ACPIS provides a lead role in strengthening UNDP’s global, regional and national advocacy strategies, mainstreaming anti-corruption norms and standards in UN/UNDP programming processes, continuing global partnership, knowledge management, policy dialogue and analysis as well as leadership on the emerging issues of anti-corruption. The policy and programming support on anti-corruption particularly focuses on: strengthening state/institutional capacities; promoting social accountability through youth and women’s empowerment and the participation of civil society and the media; and promoting meaningful policy dialogue and interaction with governments and partners for effective implementation of anti-corruption initiatives and monitoring their effectiveness.

The intern will be primarily responsible for providing technical support to maintain and further improve the UN inter-agency anti-corruption web-portal (, which is managed by UNDP. The technical support intern will be closely working with the ACPIS Knowledge Management and Research Analyst who is responsible for the content management of the web-portal. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Carry out tasks as assigned by the ACPIS Project Knowledge Manager or other ACPIS staff in relation to IT and knowledge management. Such tasks will include maintaining and managing the web-portal and its operations, reviewing and revising website content, drafting webpages, supporting advocacy and communications through social media, etc.


Functional competencies:

  • Knowledge and experience of using tools and platforms to update website and online courses;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills; 
  • Knowledge of MS office, internet-based applications, development of websites and web content.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards; 
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP; 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism; 
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity.

Required Skills and Experience

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) 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.
Contrary to UNDP’s general internship policy, this position does not accept applicants who are “enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent)”. Potential candidates for whom this applies may want to review other internship openings at:

Please refer to the above academic requirements.

  • Preferable fields of study are economics, law, political science, development studies or international affairs, public administration/policy, and journalism/communications.


  • Experience in ensuring operational functioning of websites and drafting of different communication materials is desirable;
  • Computer literacy in standard office software applications;
  • Experience in working with Content Management Systems (Wordpress preferred) is desirable;
  • Experience in working with SQL Databases is desirable;
  • Knowledge of front end web development, particularly HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, is desirable;
  • Knowledge in web application programming in PHP, Python, is desirable;
  • Experience in development, governance or anti-corruption is desirable.


  • Excellent English language skills;
  • Knowledge of other UN official language is an asset.

Application Process:

  • Candidates are expected to consider the following before submitting an application: if the candidate is not (a) a Singaporean citizen, (b) a permanent resident or (c) a student enrolled in a Singaporean University, special visa requirements apply (see visa conditions at Training Employment Pass (TEP) and Work Holiday Programme
  • Internship candidates are expected to submit electronically through the UNDP Jobs portal:
    • UNDP internship application form:
    • A Curriculum Vitae (CV). These files need to be combined in one document for upload.


  • Internships within the UN system are unpaid and subject to conditions with which applicants should become familiar with prior to signing an internship agreement. For information visit
  • Costs for work-related local travel will be reimbursed as long as they have been cleared beforehand by the ACPIS Program Manager. Costs for the daily commute are not reimbursable.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. The Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;
  • UNDP does not provide assistance with travel and/or housing and the Intern will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof;
  • Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook. A workstation with wireless internet access will be provided at the Centre’s facilities and supervisory support provided by the Centre staff;

Once the candidate has been selected, the following additional documents need to be submitted (prior to joining):

  • Letter from the university confirming current enrolment and graduation date;
  • Copy of passport and Singapore visa (or visa status);
  • A copy of his/her university transcript;
  • Proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains or life insurance;
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement.

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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