Policy research and SDG Integration Internship

Application Deadline :24-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 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.


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).

The SDG Integration Team sits at the center of UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN), with the aim to advance and connect UNDP’s integrated services across sectors and countries to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The SDG Integration Team builds a coherent and consolidated menu of services emphasizing direct short- to medium-term engagements to support countries in formulating evidence informed integrated policy solutions using state-of-art tools and data. UNDP’s offer on SDG integration is anchored on four key enabling services areas, including: Integrated Policy Solutions; SDG data, metrics, and analytics; Knowledge and Innovation; and SDG finance. In this effort UNDP has been partnering with key agencies, academia and think tanks to drive research on innovative policy solutions and approaches to integrated support on the SDGs and tailor tools to country needs and make them available to governments, including building capacities in countries to have lasting impact.

This internship will focus on (a) supporting integrated policy analysis for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; and (b) supporting research on a broad range of sustainable development issues, including political economy and legal analysis of the data revolution for sustainable development.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern’s main tasks will include one or more of the following:

  • Supporting analysis of the political economy, legal and ethical dimensions of the data revolution for sustainable development, and helping assess their implications for the SDGs;
  • Providing research support on analysis of policy options for accelerating the implementation of the SDGs, using integrated modelling tools;
  • Supporting the development of policy papers, studies, reports, briefing notes, and speeches, as requested by the supervisor;
  • Providing support in the organization of workshop and events, including related to UN inter-governmental processes relating to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



  • 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 analysis and visualization tools (for example, R or Stata) 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:

  • Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, UNDP will pay the intern a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station.
  • The monthly amount of the stipend will be determined for each duty station based on the stipend rates published yearly by the OHR Policy and Compensation Unit. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
  • Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.
  • No other payments of any kind will be made to an intern by the office in connection with an internship agreement.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
  • 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.

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