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Economics (Postgraduate Intern x2)
|Location :||Windhoek, NAMIBIA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Jun-20 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
UNDPs role as an integrator has become even more important now during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Ensuring that the country office has up-to date community analysis during this period is necessary for delivering effective measures to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 and for safeguarding the progress that has been made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) thus far. The two successful postgraduate economic interns under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, shall provide socio-economic analysis support to the UNDP Namibia country office.
Are you interested in socio-economic development in Namibia and would like to gain practical experience to complement your postgraduate studies? UNDP Namibia Country Office (CO) is currently looking for 2 independent and self-motivating interns with post-graduate qualifications in economics to support the Country Office’s work across multiple programme areas. UNDP partners with government, organisations and people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.
UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:
In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.
Internship Office Background:
UNDP Namibia, Country Office (CO) is re-focusing its efforts to support innovation, knowledge management and an evidence-based approach to enhance UNDP’s leadership as a thought leader in sustainable human development. To respond effectively to the corporate UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and the National Development Plan (NDP 5) priorities, the CO, seeks to enhance development effectiveness by improving systems, tools and mechanisms for national policy and strategy planning, analysis, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, especially in regards to the impact of Covid-19 and supporting Namibia on the road to recovery. Importantly, the CO is moving to strengthen its research and analytical capacity to provide strategic policy advisory services and buffer the upstream engagement of UNDP to accelerate the achievement of SDGs.
Scope of Work
UNDP’s country programme in Namibia is structured around the themes of Poverty and Environment, with gender and governance as cross cutting themes. The CO Strategic Analysis Unit (SAU), headed by the Economics Advisor, provides strategic advice to the UNDP management and programme team on issues relating to national planning and implementation of the global and regional agenda, Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063 respectively as they affect human development outcomes. SAU also assists Government counterparts by facilitating knowledge building on development issues. The main functions are: Policy Advisory Services, Research, Advocacy and Capacity development.
For purposes of the research component, the services of two postgraduate interns are required. Under the guidance of the Economics Advisor and overall supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, the interns will assist in data collection and information gathering to support ongoing and proposed socio-economic research, policy/strategy development and people-centered sustainable development solutions. While supporting the SAU, the Interns will gain valuable insight into the working of the UN system as well as build his/her capacity for future work opportunities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:
In this section list the primary responsibilities and tasks of the position.
(Include percentages of time for each duty.)
Research and Analysis
Policy Briefs/Knowledge Products
Competencies and attitude:
Required Skills and Experience
Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
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.