Research Intern, Democratic Governance

Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :03-Nov-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :2 to 6 months


The UNDP internship programme offers an outstanding graduate-level student or recent graduate the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work in Ukraine with the objective of deepening his/her knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various professional aspects. Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP but are encouraged to secure funding for their internship from other sources.


Objective of the internship:

To provide students and recent graduates from diverse academic backgrounds exposure to development issues and a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of UNDP and to contribute to UNDP’s overall programming objectives within their area of specialization and in support of UNDP’s role as an integrator of the sustainable development agenda.


Organizational Context:

UNDP provides support to Ukraine under the umbrella of the United Nations Partnership Framework for the period 2018 - 2022. UNDP Ukraine is supporting the Government to find innovative solutions to its development and governance reform challenges based on the UNDAF Action Plan and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. In line with the national strategy and reform agenda, UNDP supports institutional and policy reforms that foster inclusive, gender-responsive and sustainable human development and address Ukrainian challenges in the areas of democratization, anti-corruption and transparency, human rights and access to justice, civil society development and civic participation, and strengthening government institutions, including the parliament and local government bodies. Working in close partnership with the RC Office and other UN agencies, UNDP is also mandated to serve as an integrator of the UN’s efforts in terms of achieving the SDGs. 


Reporting structure and partners:

Reports to Democratic Governance Advisor. Works in close collaboration with thematic direction team leads/project managers, Programme Analysts, M&E Associate, Business Development and Innovation Unit and Communications.

Duties and Responsibilities

Effective support to Programme activities with the focus on following:

  • Assist in conceptual design of new project proposals with research, concept development, and team reviews in line with UNDP and donor requirements;
  • Support the Democratic Governance Advisor and project teams in strengthening outcomes and coordinating collaborative initiatives across portfolios and projects to promote innovation and increase efficiency and reach of UNDP interventions, in line with UNDP’s role as an integrator agency;
  • Support the Democratic Governance Advisor and Programme teams in implementing a strategic vision in line with UNDP Strategic Plan, UNDP Country Programme Document, Agenda 2030 and national reform priorities;
  • Contribute to research in the area of democratic reform and sustainable development: undertake research and provide support to UNDP projects on applying innovative and cross-cutting solutions to accelerate the achievement of SDGs, in particular Goals 10, 11 and 16, with a specific focus on the ‘leave no one behind’-principle;
  • Contribute to knowledge management & capacity building of Programme staff: support knowledge sharing and capacity building activities on human-rights based approach, gender mainstreaming, data science, monitoring and evaluation, etc.;
  • Support the Democratic Governance Advisor and Programme teams in other relevant tasks including direct support to programmatic activities in logistics and organizational issues.

Impact of results:

  • Relevant support to programme activities is provided on time and with high quality.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Proved capacity to collect, process and analyze large amounts of information, and in dealing with complexity;
  • Relevant experience in research and project development in the area of governance and sustainable human development;
  • Understanding of the specifics of official development assistance and development finance;
  • Understanding of UN/UNDP mandates and specifics of activities;
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work under time constraints;
  • Strong IT and communication skills;
  • Consistently approaches work pro-actively with energy and a positive, a constructive attitude and a willingness to function in diverse, multi-cultural teams;
  • Demonstrable experience applying innovative and creative solutions to address professional and contextual challenges.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled student in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Economics, Statistics, Political Science, International Relations, Management, Sociology or any other field relevant to monitoring and evaluation; or
  • Enrolled student in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) in Economics, Statistics, Political Science, International Relations, Management, Sociology or any field relevant to monitoring and evaluation; or
  • Graduate student within one year of graduation of any of the above.


  • Complete fluency in usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Outlook, etc.) is required;
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Ukrainian (or Russian) are an asset. 


  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must therefore carry adequate and regular medical and life insurance. Proof of medical coverage/visa must be provided before the internship commences.

Applicants for internships must submit the following documentation:

  • UNDP Internship Application form;
  • Copy of the most recent CV in English;
  • Letter of motivation;
  • Letter from his/her University confirming current enrollment and graduation date, if applicable, or copy of a Diploma for graduate students.


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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