Internship for Social and Environmental Standards

Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :21-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :9d 14h 41m
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Spanish  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :possible extension to 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's Social and Environmental Standards (SES) first came into effect 1 January 2015. While an update to the policies was approved in late 2019, it came with a clear mandate to prepare an implementation strategy to ensure strengthened institutional arrangements and capacities for implementation. An Inter-bureau SES Task Force was subsequently established to lead the development of the implementation plan, building on lessons learned from the last five years. Among the key lessons and feedback received was the need for greater and sustained investment in knowledge products on the SES. The SES toolkit is a one-stop shop/website for tools and practical guidance material around the SES. It contains guidance notes and supplemental material for each standard and principle.


UNDP is looking for an intern to work in it’s SES team and support, among other tasks, the roll-out of the SES implementation plan throughout the institution.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key Functions:

  • Undertake research and analysis related to the SES.
  • Provide support to the SES learning strategy.
  • Support the SES implementation plan.
  • Contribute to knowledge and learning products.

Research and analysis

  • Conduct research into organizational safeguard structure of other IO’s.
  • Compile necessary information on SES-related topics.
  • Analysis and research on country-level SES challenges and opportunities for collaboration with Regional Bureaux (RBx) and Country Offices (Cos) for capacity building.

SES learning strategy

  • Support logistical and thematic aspects related to the “Training-of-Trainers”.
  • Identify opportunities for region- and country-specific support.
  • Gather feedback from RBx and CO colleagues on SES-related needs and propose training opportunities.

SES implementation plan

  • Support the SES Policy Specialist in monitoring the progress of the SES implementation plan.
  • Coordinate activities within the SES implementation plan with the Regional SES focal points.

Knowledge and learning products

  • Contribute information to be used in knowledge and guidance products.
  • Support the quality assurance of knowledge products.


  • Excellent organizational, planning, and research skills. Attention to detail and proven ability to work independently with limited supervision and under tight deadlines;
  • Strong service and team-work orientation; evident cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a fast-paced multi-national environment;
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to learning; and
  • Commitment to UNDP vision, mission, and values and knowledge of UN work environment an advantage.

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience:


Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a first-level university degree and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


In addition to meeting the requirement above under eligibility, the preferred fields of study for this internship is in development related field such as global studies, international relations, environment, social development or similar.



  • Strong international background – studying/working experience abroad is required.
  • Sociocultural understanding through studying/working experenice in different cultures and country settings.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering projects under tight deadlines with competing commitments, such as demonstrated work experience during a study program.


  • Previous teaching experience would be an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office.

Language skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Competency in other UN language(s), especially French, is a strong asset.



  • Current CV
  • Original text of up to 500 words addressing the following question: “Why are the SES essential for UNDP’s work and achieving sustainability?”
  • Please note that the UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents (CV/ Resume, Cover Letter etc. into a single file before uploading).

Conditions of internship:

Internships within the UN system are subject to following conditions, which the candidates should familiarize themselves with prior to applying:

  • Starting from January 2020 interns will receive stipends according to UN rules and regulations.
  • Any further costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. The Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof;
  • Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook.
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  • UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months


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