Internship – Digital Governance and Digital Transformation


Location : NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :26-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
03-Sep-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :3 -6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3-6 months

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.


Background

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, as envisaged by 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

UNDP recognizes the important role of digital technologies in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and has been supporting efforts leveraging this role in programmes across countries. It recognizes that more is needed not only to harness the power of digital technologies to achieve specific SDG targets but to leverage digital transformation itself as a pathway to sustainable development. It notes that for developing countries that deal with concurrent priorities in the midst of significant constraints, laying out this pathway is a serious challenge in itself. There is need for 1) models that speak to their contexts; 2) tools that assist assessment of unique needs and development of relevant solutions; 3) partners able to not only impart but to collaborate on strategic application of knowledge and expertise; and, 4) support in ensuring that efforts link to priorities on the ground and advance their SDG roadmaps.

UNDP is enhancing efforts in this area in support of programme countries and has Internship opportunities to offer at Headquarters located in New York, United States. Working under the guidance and supervision of the Global Policy Specialist leading the effort, and working closely with teams across practices, the Intern will support the ongoing workplan and goals of the unit, including but not limited to expanding partnerships; supporting and improving communications efforts, including on social media; conducting research and preparing policy briefs for high level meetings; supporting the launch of major initiatives (specifically on digital transformation and cities); as well as building and maintaining a knowledge base on key actors and thematic areas.

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, as envisaged by 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

 

UNDP recognizes the important role of digital technologies in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and has been supporting efforts leveraging this role in programmes across countries. It recognizes that more is needed not only to harness the power of digital technologies to achieve specific SDG targets but to leverage digital transformation itself as a pathway to sustainable development. It notes that for developing countries that deal with concurrent priorities in the midst of significant constraints, laying out this pathway is a serious challenge in itself. There is need for 1) models that speak to their contexts; 2) tools that assist assessment of unique needs and development of relevant solutions; 3) partners able to not only impart but to collaborate on strategic application of knowledge and expertise; and, 4) support in ensuring that efforts link to priorities on the ground and advance their SDG roadmaps.

UNDP is enhancing efforts in this area in support of programme countries and has Internship opportunities to offer at Headquarters located in New York, United States. Working under the guidance and supervision of the Global Policy Specialist leading the effort, and working closely with teams across practices, the Intern will support the ongoing workplan and goals of the unit, including but not limited to expanding partnerships; supporting and improving communications efforts, including on social media; conducting research and preparing policy briefs for high level meetings; supporting the launch of major initiatives (specifically on digital transformation and cities); as well as building and maintaining a knowledge base on key actors and thematic areas.


Duties and Responsibilities

The selected Intern will:

  • Support research and drafting of reports on relevant areas (with a focus on collecting data, case studies, and key information on digital transformation, digital technologies and cities, new and emerging technologies with potential to help achieve sustainable development, etc.).
  • Provide support to the Supervisor on day-to-day coordination and special projects management.
  • Support the development and appropriate use of communication and advocacy tools (i.e. newsletter, websites, posters, brochures, pamphlets) to enhance understanding of UNDP efforts and advance special projects and events.
  • Support the development, organization and management of meetings and special events (identifying speakers, preparing flyers, managing logistics, etc.).
  • Draft briefs, background notes and other communication materials on relevant areas.
  • Support colleagues across the agency on issues including but not limited to e-government and e-governance, smart cities/smart islands, digital financing, or support to countries exploring smart solutions to development.
  • Support partnerships-building, working closely with the Supervisor in establishing and maintaining relations with key partners.
  • Provide other ad hoc support as required.


Competencies

  • Solid understanding of digital transformation and how it can contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals
  • Familiarity with smart city concepts, and current on cutting-edge approaches or on new technologies applied in the context of urbanization (technologies in addressing urban challenges, building the city of the future, etc.)
  • Familiarity with global development issues and the world of the UN
  • Strong research organizational skills and ability to extract, interpret and analyse data
  • Strong organization skills, ability to arrange and manage meetings and events with relevant stakeholders
  • Ability to produce deliverables conforming to established standards
  • Ability to support or work with a team
  • Familiarity with digital technologies, strong ICT skills and excellent knowledge of office software packages
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to engage with partners and forge productive working relationships
  • Responsible, responsive, and enthusiastic and able to multi-task


Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Qualified/suitable level from the field of ICTs, communications, sustainable development, social science, or related field with the following academic qualifications: (a) enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); graduated with a university degree as defined in (a) and (b) above and, if selected, must start the internship within one year after the graduation.

Experience:

  • Experience in communications required;
  • Familiar with international development/relations desirable;
  • Familiarity with the UN system in general and/or with development cooperation in particular is an asset.

Language:

  • Proficiency in English;
  • Knowledge of the other five official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) would be an asset.

Conditions

  • 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 www.undp.org/internships/
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the Intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the Intern, sponsoring government or institutions;
  • 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.

Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme.

Only a successful candidate will be required to submit the following nine documents:

  • A completed UNDP internship application form (http://www.undp-act.org/data/articles/undp_internship_application_form_2008.doc);
  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • A letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • A copy of his/her school transcript;
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • A Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains or life insurance;
  • Copy of passport and working visa for the United States
 


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