Intern – SDGs Localization

Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL
Application Deadline :13-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

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.


UNDP Nepal works with the people and Government of Nepal, development partners, civil society organizations and communities to pursue equitable and sustainable human development goals through eradication of poverty, increase in livelihood opportunities, improvement in community resilience against conflict, disasters and impact of climate change, while laying down strong foundations for a society based on rule of law with an inclusive and participatory democracy.

Currently, the overarching priority of UNDPs work in Nepal is to assist the national and sub-national Governments and its people to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the new context of federalism by providing support in three key areas:

  • inclusive economic growth;
  • strengthened governance systems including rule of law and transitional justice; and
  • increased climate adaption and environmental resilience.

With the critical timing to accelerate SDG implementation in Nepal, UNDP has been working with all relevant stakeholders, including the three levels of governments, CSOs, private sectors, cooperatives etc., not only in localizing the SDGs but also in creating an environment to accelerate implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Resident Representative of UNDP Nepal, the Intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the relevant staff in developing and sharing of knowledge and communication products and tools on the SDGs
  • Support UNDP in localizing SDGs at provincial and local level
  • Preparing notes, briefs and research papers on the SDGs

Performing other tasks as required.

Key Deliverables:

  • Briefs and notes on the SDGs localization
  • Paper on the communication of SDGs to diverse stakeholders based on international experiences

Customized communication tools on raising awareness about the SDGs among the general public


Competencies and Values:

Integrity and professionalism: ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;

Accountability: ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations;

Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and ability to adapt to changes in work environment;

Planning and organizing: ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work;

Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;

Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports.

Required Skills and Experience

UNDP Interns 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.

Further, applicants will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in inclusive governance, democratic participation and international development processes;
  • Experience in governance, international relations, gender equality or social inclusion will be an asset;
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
  • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
  • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions.

Financial Arrangements:

  • UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the intern or his/her nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students. The intern will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.;
  • Further Career Opportunities: The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern's studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.
  • The successful applicant will subsequently require health insurance coverage. UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, they should not travel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNDP. Successful applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work. It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which requires transportation to the Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Home Country, or Country of Residence.
  • Before being offered an internship position, the selected candidate will have to provide the following additional documents:
    • A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician. If the intern is expected to travel outside the country of their residence, other than to Europe and North America, the physician must indicate whether he/she is fit to travel and has had the required inoculations for the country or countries to which the intern is to travel.

Living Conditions:

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, lies under the Phase 1 of the UN Security classification, but is subject to change depending on the development of the security situation. Living conditions in Kathmandu are good. Comfortable inexpensive flats (furnished and unfurnished) are available in Kathmandu. Both imported and local foods and clothing are abundantly available. There is a short supply of water while it is also not safe to drink without treatment. Public transport is easily available and generally reliable though traffic congestion is extremely high. Kathmandu has a temperate climate with coldest temperature reaching just above zero at the night during the winter and mild but humid during the monsoon period, mid-June to end-September.

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