Intern – Economics and Research

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :29-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Chinese  
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 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.


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China is the China country office of the United Nations Development Programme – the global development network of the United Nations.

UNDP China is programming in line with the UNDP Strategic Plan (SP), under which the work domains/portfolios include People and Prosperity, Energy and Environment and Global Partnerships.

Guided by the senior management of UNDP China, the Economist and Research team serves as the office’s research hub, closely cooperating with and providing content support to office-wide teams. Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) and the supervision of the National Economist, the intern will be dedicated to providing technical, analytical and logistic support for research products and dialogue events. The intern will also be undertaking cross-team coordination functions, as requested by the senior manager or supervisor. The intern’s work aligns with UNDP’s mandate and mission and the implementation of the SDGs.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Support the Economist and Research team to compile, collate and analyze economic data, in particular on socio-economic policies, poverty reduction, environment and development cooperation related topics.
  • Support as well as compilation, analysis and interpretation of knowledge products, providing thorough research of the economic and development issues in the country.
  • Assist preparing policy briefs.
  • Assist the coordination of publication launch events, missions and policy dialogues, including the UN Policy Dialogue Series in China.
  • Advocate and support the localization of the SDGs through research, preparing presentations and by participating in relevant forums, conferences and trainings, and take notes. 
  • A.O.B as assigned.
  • Support Management of events and publications on economic issues.

The internship is full-time, he/she will work five days per week (35 hours), with at least four days at UNDP offices.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Interest in development;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
  • Value the equal importance of research and administrative tasks;
  • Ability to manage coordination and logistic tasks with minimum supervision.
  • Familiarity with knowledge management and learning;
  • Ability to provide high quality policy notes, briefs on thematic topics;
  • Sound writing and data management skills;
  • Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;

Required Skills and Experience


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements

  •  Enrolled in a Master's or in a Ph.D. programme
  • Or within one year after graduation from a Master’s or Ph.D. programme
  • Or be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program
  • Experience in developing research communication products would be an advantage.

Field of study: International development, Economics, Social Sciences, International relations, Business and Management, Translation/Interpretation or equivalent.



  • Excellent written and spoken Chinese and English language.


Required Documents:

Please submit your application with below documents in one PDF. For people who apply from UNDP Jobs, please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading.

a)     CV and letter of motivation

b)     Copy of school transcript

c)     Indicate if you will be financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, and the financial amount.

*Candidate who didn’t submit required documentation will not be under considerate of the selection processes.


Internship Conditions:

  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan and medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. Any cost arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.
  • The stipend will be paid monthly. Interns will have 1.5 days of leave per month.
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; Cost and arrangement for travel, visas, passports, accommodations and living expenses are the responsibility of the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or the intern.
  • Intern must not apply for or be appointed to a position that should be encumbered by a staff number during the period of their internship. Interns are expected to fulfil the terms of their internships. Therefore, the internship must not be foreshortened for the purposes of allowing an intern to apply for a position
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

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