Intern - Leadership Development, Talent Development Unit

Location : Homebased (virtual)
Application Deadline :28-Feb-21 (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 :Maximum 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.


UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

In 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030.

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 (UNDP’s People Strategy) and People Development 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 Talent Development intern will contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of people management and leadership development programmes for UNDP personnel.


  • 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.
  • Learn about online learning and leadership development initiatives.
  • Participate in working groups.
  • Strengthen his/her effective written and visual communication skills.
  • Participate in dedicated trainings and UNDP online learning tools.

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 March 08th and March 15th, 2021.


  • 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 people management and leadership 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.
  • Manage team calendars, organize and schedule team meetings.

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.
  • Support the Project Lead in execution of the new AI talent management platform implementation (Fuel50).
  • Assist the team in gap analysis, process work and data analysis.


  • 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 in TDU


  • 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. Microsoft Office suite: PPT, Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, Streams, Forms, Sharepoint). Knowledge of design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Illustrator InDesign) is an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • 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
  • Language skills: Fluency in English is required. Good working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

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.

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