Call for Internships: Public Partnerships Group

Location : Home based
Application Deadline :21-May-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 :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3-6 months (negotiable)

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 Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. BERA leads and supports the organization in building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances essential for successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships include a range of constituencies and development partners, related to resource mobilization and donor relations, intergovernmental affairs with member states, multilateral institutions, IFIs, the European Commission, private sector, foundations, UN system agencies and UN inter-governmental bodies.

BERA is positioned around three service lines, moving towards an audience orientation, namely, Public Partners Partnerships, Marketing and Communications and Private and Finance partners, each guided by the Directorate and supported by the Management Support and Strategy and Analytics Teams. BERA has a network of Regional External Relations Teams in five hubs co-led with Regional Bureaux and Representation Offices in Europe, Japan and the US, namely, Brussels, Copenhagen, Geneva, Tokyo and Washington D.C., which manage and strengthen relationships with Public and Private Partners in country and help build a strong brand for UNDP within the local ecosystem including UN partnerships.

The Public Partnerships Group (PPG) provides trusted engagement for public partnerships in line with UNDP Strategic Plan and business planning targets; Coordination of multi stakeholder partnerships including quality assurance; Engage with key political constituencies and actors, intergovernmental and inter-agency processes; Advise on and develop strategies, gather intelligence, & coordination on donor and partner engagement. Advisory services on UN system-wide coherence; UNDP representation to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with member states for positioning and fundraising.

The Group consists of five teams: UN System Affairs, Partnerships Portfolio Management, Performance and Analysis Portfolio, International Financial Institutions, and Emerging and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships.

Key functions include:

-Build a strong constituency around UNDP’s strategic agenda with partners through proactive dialogue and advocacy with stakeholders.

- Develop and advise on annual engagement strategies and priorities for public partners, including organizing annual strategic dialogues;

·  Set, monitor and deliver corporate public partnership priorities, goals, and key performance indicators in line with the corporate engagement strategies and audience specific accountability framework.

·  Monitor emerging risks affecting UNDP’s positioning with the Member States and UN Partners and devise and implement risk mitigation plans.

·  Coordinate and advise on UNDP contributions to system-wide policies on UN coherence modalities.

· Identify and channel pertinent partner intelligence relevant to UNDP priority issues, risks and opportunities to be given due consideration by UNDP management; advise senior leadership on issues arising and recommend course of action.

· Assess partner perceptions of UNDP and advise on UNDP’s response to partners’ assessments of performance.

- Oversee partnership management and RM tracking mechanisms across UNDP (including through a CRM platform)




Duties and Responsibilities

The interested candidate will work  with one  of the  TEAMS and respective areas of focus listed below . Please indicate in your application which TEAM and area of focus you have the most expertise and interest in

Partnerships Portfolio Management Team:

  •  Support with data collection on development cooperation priorities of major donors to UNDP including foreign affairs parliamentary committee inquiries. 
  • Research of donors’ aid policies, practices and budget allocations including contributions to multilaterals.
  • Support with the development of analytical notes and other material in relation to corporate priorities, assessments, relevant for effective donor relations.
  • One important approach is the “whole of society” approach with partners is looks at all actors promoting the SDGs including line ministries, development finance institutions, private sector and civil society.   
  • Support with internal communications and development of donor profiles, guidance notes and other online toolkits for internal communication and capacity building in Resource mobilization.Support the updating of funding trends and news for the organization including the identification of potential or emerging funding streams for UNDP to capitalize on.
  • Support with other research and analysis for selected topics/donors, as needed, including donor bilateral meetings and annual consultations

Performance & Analysis Portfolio Team;

  •  Provide inputs to core and non-core resources analysis and funding projections to inform corporate resource planning, investment decisions, and help shape donor engagement.
  • Analyse funding flows and trends to develop resource targets and report annual progress against set targets.
  • Contribute to the development of the Executive Board annual reports and publications.
  • Support the development and implementation of the UNDP Partnership Survey, and analyse findings to identify areas requiring corrective action.
  • Support the coordination of UNDP’s responses to external assessments such as the MOPAN.
  • Contribute to capacity building and knowledge sharing across UNDP by enabling Regional Bureaux and Country Offices access to funding data through the Resource Mobilization Analytics Tool.






  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Proven understanding of international development and multilateralism, particularly the UN system, including ideally its intergovernmental bodies and fora, Secretariat, agencies, funds and programmes.
  • Excellent analytical and data handling capability     
  • Good understanding and experience in current knowledge management technologies
  • Excellent organizational, general administration, time management skills  
  • Strong English language skills (oral and written)
  • Demonstrates strong computer skills and ability to produce information visually
  • Ability for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meet deadlines and work under pressure, strong follow-up skills  
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment
  • Strong research, analytical, writing, and communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


a)       Enrollment in graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent or higher).

b)      Enrollment in the final academic year of a university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent)

a)       A university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) within one year of graduation.

b)      Currently enrolled in a Master’s / postgraduate university in international relations, political science or related field.

Application procedure 
The application should contain: 

·        Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating area of interest  and qualifications for the internship; 

·        A current and complete CV in English; 

*Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows you to upload a maximum of one document.* 
In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of: 

·        letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date; 

·        letter of recommendation from a professor; 

·        copy of his/her most recent school transcript; 

·        copy of passport; 

·        completed UNDP internship application form; 

·        signed UNDP Internship Agreement; 

·        Medical Certificate of Good Health; 

·        Copy of health  Insurance

UNDP Terms & Conditions for Internship  

  • In accordance with the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP interns are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, with the rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, 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. 

  • Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring the government or institutions. 

  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. 

  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan;  

  • Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity







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