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 SDG integration services, including: Integrated Policy Solutions; SDG data, metrics, and analytics; Knowledge and Innovation; and SDG finance. The Knowledge Management (KM) team within the SDG Integration unit focuses on ensuring that knowledge created at any level of the organization will be made available to all staff to enhance organizational effectiveness. One of the activities the KM team’s portfolio is related to knowledge networking and communities of practice. This area of work aims to better connect colleagues globally and capture UNDP’s knowledge, innovations, good practices and lessons learned from country, regional and global experience.

This internship will focus on support to the global Communities of Practice. The Intern will report to the Policy Specialist: Community and Network Management in the Knowledge Management team and will work closely with colleagues managing the communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support to the Communities of Practice (CoPs)

  • Offer support to CoP facilitators related to networking activities;
  • Support the development and implementation of relevant online discussions, webinars and in person events;
  • Support with the creation of weekly digestible, targeted email updates (“Community Snapshots”) to bring the most pertinent updates and opportunities for engagement to the attention of the CoP members;
  • Continually update relevant information on a curated, easy to use, central web portal (on SharePoint);
  • Support preparation of knowledge products pulling from the CoP members’ knowledge, experience and engagements including e-discussion summaries, FAQs, lessons learned overviews, guidance documents and case studies, for reference and use by the community members and beyond.

Network analysis

  • Keep track of CoP engagement stats;
  • Review and analyse activity of CoPs and social networking platform;
  • Support data analytics visualisations;
  • Support implementation and monitoring of CoP measurement framework.



  • 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 visualization tools (for example, Microsoft Power BI) 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 enrolment 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.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, and CV through the online portal.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of:

  • letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • letter of recommendation from a professor
  • copy of his/her most recent school transcript
  • copy of passport
  • a copy of US Visa if the intern is not a US Citizen
  • copy of the passport
  • completed UNDP internship application form
  • signed UNDP Internship Agreement
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health
  • Proof of medical insurance

Kindly note the above documentation is required within one week after selection.