Policy research and SDG Integration Internship

Application Deadline :09-Aug-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 :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP works through 136 country offices to provide development advocacy, advice and assistance to 166 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Arab States, Eastern Europe, CIS, Latin America and the Caribbean, working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDG Integration is at the core of UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN), which is leveraged and engaged in the delivery of integrated support to countries on implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda. UNDP’s offer on SDG integration is anchored on four key enabling services areas, including: Integrated Policy Solutions; SDG data, metrics, and analytics; Knowledge and Innovation; and SDG finance. The SDG Integration team works closely with the Strategic Policy Engagement team to mobilize partnerships and drive research on innovative policy solutions and approaches to integrated support on the SDGs.

This internship will focus on (a) helping develop and pilot new approaches for delivering integrated support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; and (b) supporting research on a broad range of sustainable development issues, including the impact of disruptive global trends and opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution for developing countries.

UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the latter must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.





Duties and Responsibilities

The intern’s main tasks will include one or more of the following:

  • Contributing background research on the development and prototyping of UNDP’s new service offer for integrated support to countries on the implementation of the SDGs;
  • Supporting a mapping of disruptive trends against the SDGs and helping assess their impact on the SDGs;
  • Providing research support on analyzing the impact of the technological innovations of the fourth industrial revolution and changing geopolitical dynamics on labor markets and development opportunities in developing countries;
  • Supporting the development of policy papers, studies, reports, briefing notes, and speeches, as requested by the supervisor;
  • Providing support in the organization of workshop and events, including related to the 2019 UN General Assembly.



  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.
  • Demonstrated interest and motivation in the field of development;
  • A desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds


  • Exemplary planning and organizational skills with a high degree of detail orientation;
  • Strong electronic communication skills including writing, summarizing and editing short items;
  • Skilled working with data management and analysis;
  • Experience working with data analysis and visualization tools (for example, R or Stata) a plus;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task;
  • Attention to detail is crucial;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Responsible, responsive and enthusiastic.

Required Skills and Experience


  • 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.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficient in written and spoken English. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

Conditions of internship:

  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

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