Internship with the Regional Bureau for Arab States

Application Deadline :26-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 weeks
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 weeks


The Arab Human Development Reports (AHDR), published by UNDP since 2003, have contributed substantially to inform the regional and global debate showing that Arab countries can achieve a significant leap forward in development, reinforce stability and secure gains in a sustainable manner, if they prioritize adopting policies that ensure the well-being, productivity, self-determination and good citizenship of their population.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals have, based on their integrated and multi-dimensional nature, the potential to help governments and other stakeholders in the region to identify policy bottlenecks and innovative solutions to overcome previous grievances and build a more sustainable future. Nevertheless, gaps in data availability and reliability necessitate concentrated efforts and partnerships to make Agenda 2030 a useful tool for advocacy and policymaking. Beyond official statistics and internationally agreed targets, there is a need to look at the specific challenges of the region, understand how people cope with unequal access to resources and in prolonged crisis, and how they devise solutions which are context-specific and can address the needs of those left behind.

The Arab Human Development Report and other related research, publications and analytical materials are aimed at informing the regional and international as well as national debate on development challenges and sustainable solutions in the Arab region. The proposed analysis and research will do so through innovative approaches linking the concept of citizenship as it emerges from world-wide relevant literature to the implementation of the 2030 agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Strategic Advisor and the Policy Specialist, the intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Work closely with the AHDR team on activities related to the Report
  • Conduct desk review of existing research and literature informed by the research questions and objectives
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative analysis of data, e.g. SDG indicators
  • Compile charts and tables
  • Analyse research on thematic topics
  • Support the team with any additional tasks such as drafting, proofreading, quality control, communications and advocacy


  • Strong organizational and research skills;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN/UNDP;
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modelling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

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. 


  • Fluency in English-- written and spoken-- is required. Proficiency in French or Arabic an asset.

Computer skills:

  • MS Office applications (Excel, PPT, Word) and some familiarity with statistical packages such as STATA or R.


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