UNDP ACCELERATOR LAB INTERN


Location : Khartoum, SUDAN
Application Deadline :24-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
10-Apr-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :Six Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Six 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.


Background

The UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 embraces the complexity of development and commits the organisation to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030.? In line with this, the organisation has begun incubating?a number of?strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world faces.??

One such key strategic initiative is the Accelerator Lab Network.? The initiative is a recognition that increasingly interrelated development challenges require going beyond business as usual and single point, linear and silver bullet responses in development.? Instead, they call for interdisciplinary approaches and non-linear solutions that crowd in the collective efforts of a wide variety of partners and tap into local insights and contextual, sticky knowledge of citizens.?? The initiative is also a recognition and an investment in the emerging momentum among a growing number of UNDP Country Offices for marrying disruptive, cutting edge methodologies with contextual, country-based insights and expertise to accelerate learning, progress and impact toward the SDGs.?

With this in mind, the?UNDP intends to build the largest and fastest learning global network of Accelerator Labs embedded within UNDP’s global architecture and country platforms that embody the new organisational offering to transform the collective approach to development.?

The network will surface and reinforce locally sourced solutions at scale while mobilising a wide and dynamic partnership of actors contributing knowledge, resources and experience.? The initiative is meant to transform our collective approach by introducing new protocols, backed by evidence and practice, which accelerate the testing and dissemination of solutions within and across countries. This will enable the global community to collectively learn from local knowledge and ingenuity at a speed and at a scale that our societies and planet require.

This will be achieved by:

  • Building on grassroots and local solutions, finding things that work and expanding on them;
  • Rapid testing and iteration to implement what works and go beyond the obvious solutions;
  • Combining the best understanding, ideas and expertise to generate collective knowledge;
  • Accelerating progress by bringing expertise, creativity and collective intelligence to bear.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in collecting data on the UNDP institutional knowledge and products including lessons learned  on Art for Peace program interventions in Sudan and globally
  • Assist in collecting data on the creative informal economy and cultural policy ecosystem in Sudan
  • Assist in collecting data on regional and international best practices and standards on creating enabling environment for creative economies and cultural policy advocacy
  • Assist in collecting actionable intelligence on the forefront of digital solutions for diffisuion of art, e-commerce and NFTs.
  • Assist in supporting the development of a national database of creatives in Sudan
  • Assist in drafting correspondence and mainstreaming outputs on youth engagement and the creative sector into peacebuilding programmatic interventions and economic recovery programmes
  • Contribute to the design and production of publications, branding and visibility items for the unit;
  • Attends meetings and prepares summaries of the proceedings.
  • Assist in the logistics and administrative aspects of projects.
  •  Support other unit related activities


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
a. Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
b. Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
c. Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:
1) Knowledge management and sharing;

2) knowledge of International relations and Human Rights issues
3) Development and operational effectiveness;
4) Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills;
5) Ability to extract, interpret, analyze data and present them in a comprehending simple language;

6) Uses Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource;
7) Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
8) Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
with the ability to work under pressure.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  • Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program. 

 


Required Skills and Experience

Preferred Qualifications, Skills, Experience, Areas of Expertise:

Education: University degree in International relations, Human Rights, or relevant discipline.

Interest: Interest in understanding the UNDP way of work and programming principles

Language Requirements: Fluency in both oral and written English and Arabic.

Internship Conditions:

  • UNDP will provide a stipend in the amount of USD 202.35 monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.



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