Intern - Leadership Development, Talent Development Unit

Location : Virtual (Home-Based)
Application Deadline :07-Aug-20 (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 :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


UNDP is the UN Development Programme and works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Since 2017 UNDP continues to work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they help shape global sustainable development for the next 15 years.

Drawing on the diversity of UNDP’s client needs and partnerships, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is the hub for the global HR function for UNDP, providing strategy, policy setting, guidance and oversight. In alignment with the People for 2030 and People Development 2020 Strategy, the Talent Development Unit (TDU) at OHR is committed to provide improved opportunities for, and better targeting of, learning and development initiatives so that UNDP staff can reach their full potential and increase organizational capability and effectiveness. 

Under the supervision of TDU’s Leadership and People Management Development Team, the intern will contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of leadership and people management development programmes at UNDP staff.


  • The Intern will receive a monthly stipend. The amount will vary depending on their duty city / country. 
  • The amount can also vary depending if a selected candidate receives financial support from a nominating institution, related institution or government.

Training Components and Learning Elements

As a member of the TDU team, the intern will:

  • Learn the structure, mechanisms, policies and practice areas of UNDP.
  • Participate in in-house training opportunities as applicable.
  • Learn about online learning and leadership development initiatives.
  • Participate in dedicated trainings and UNDP online learning tools.
  • Strengthen his/her effective writing and visual communication skills.
  • Participate in working groups.

Starting Date of the Internship

With consideration for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on working arrangements, the selected candidate will be expected to start his/her internship between September 1st and September 15th, 2020.


  • Please ensure you are eligible for this internship by reviewing the detailed eligibility criteria before applying.
  • There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.


Application procedure:

  • Please enclose your CV only.  This website only receives documents in one pdf file.  So please make sure your CV is in one file.  Please do not enclose any other documents like certificates or publications at this point.  We require only your CV to be uploaded.  We will request for further documentation as we progress with the process of this recruitment.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assist in answering day-to-day queries from programme participants.
  • Develop and update communication materials for leadership and people management development programmes.
  • Create graphics for team presentations, social media outreach or project, as well as videos that can be used for internal and external communication and/or learning purposes.
  • Edit TDU’s internal website and update information regarding upcoming learning events.

Programme Design and Administration

  • Assist in the creation of presentations in PowerPoint.
  • Assist in the creation and delivery of masterclasses / webinars using technology e.g. Zoom / Go-to-Webinar.
  • Assist in updating and developing team documents and resources in Microsoft Teams/ Sharepoint.
  • Conduct research e.g. to identify new content, learning tools, platforms and other remote learning resources (e.g. Miro).
  • Test and assess leadership development courses and platforms.


  • Maintain and update lists of various programme participants in Excel.
  • Monitor completion of programme assignments in Sharepoint lists.
  • Provide support in programme evaluation and data analysis in MS Forms and Excel.
  • Support creating evaluation documents.


  • Conduct research for best practices and other key topics.
  • Support ad-hoc activities related to TDU



  • Familiarity with global development issues and the world of the UN.
  • Familiar with the values the UN and UNDP embodies and supports in all of its work
  • Experience in human resources and / or leadership development preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Responsible, responsive, and enthusiastic.
  • Ability to extract, interpret, analyse data and resolve problems.
  • Ability to support a team, team building skills.
  • Strong attention to details.
  • Strong IT skills and excellent knowledge of office software packages (e.g. PPT, Word, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, Illustrator InDesign)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Language skills: Fluency in English is required. Good working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

Eligibility Criteria

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP’s internships must meet one of the following academic requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  3. 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.


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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