Intern - Geospatial Analysis and GIS Development

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :20-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)
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up 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 works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

Inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. We offer our expertise in development thinking and practice, and our decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development is a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which aims at identifying and co-creating technological solutions for sustainable development. The Centre curates partnerships, identifies solutions and connects partners and innovations with UNDP’s global network of Country Offices and development partners.

UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) is responsible for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages; represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South, SIDS-SIDS and Triangular cooperation initiatives; and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative as well as knowledge and data driven through its programme support efforts.

UNDP is committed to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), working to connect the UN global processes to regional and local development priorities and supporting and advocating for SIDS-specific development solutions. With a broad country presence, UNDP has a major organizational investment and a multi-sectoral programme portfolio in SIDS.

UNDP was at the forefront of the Third International Conference of SIDS in Samoa in September 2014, with BPPS playing a key role in the preparations of the Conference and actively following up on actions identified in the outcome document, SAMOA Pathway. As a listed agency in the UN Implementation Matrix for the Pathway, UNDP is contributing to sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth with decent work, sustainable tourism, climate change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable energy and oceans work areas by supporting countries to integrate these priorities into development programmes, based on the trade-offs between resource availability and needs identified within each country aligned with member states’ priorities and requests.

One of the outcomes in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is tailored to give special attention to “capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements (including the SAMOA Pathway) in development plans and budgets, and to analyze progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions.” UNDP provides support to SIDS through policy and programme development and implementation that builds on international, national and local priorities. UNDP is committed to support SIDS through a global framework, consisting of three main pillars: Climate Action, Blue Economy and Digital Transformation. Through strategic partnerships and advocacy, UNDP aims to bridge gaps and create a network between SIDS and other key stakeholders. UNDP supports SIDS governments to build capacity — institutional, policy, technical — which enhances regional support the implementation of international normative standards and commitments in their own countries.

UNDP has a large portfolio on digital transformation and digital solutions for sustainable development through the Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development as well as strong focus on digital transformation under the policy advisory and programmatic focus on Small Island Developing States. To this end, UNDP is seeking to recruit an intern to support these efforts jointly, including supporting the development of a data visualization platform with key development indicators for SIDS.

The intern is expected to support in the next phase of development of this platform, specifically with geospatial visualization and analysis tools. The geospatial platform focusing specifically on the SIDS will be effective in advancing policymaking by visualizing the challenges these countries face and mapping potential solutions. In addition to the publicly available datasets, the platform will be designed to visualize geospatial studies being developed by UNDP and other UN agencies. Analysis tools will be added to extract insights from the geospatial datasets such as correlation between datasets, identification of high-risk areas within countries, visualizing regional development potential in food security, water, and energy. A literature review will be conducted on geospatial data availability to identify gaps, modeling methodologies, and coverage of SIDS.

Reporting jointly to the Director of the Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development and the Senior Principal Advisor for Small Island Developing States, the intern is expected to deliver the following support: 1) the development of a geospatial mapping interface and analysis tools; and 2) support knowledge management, data visualization and communications efforts on areas pertaining to digital transformation, digitalization and digitization.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working with the UNDP SIDS team, the intern will support the development of a geospatial mapping platform with tools to visualize and analyse development in the SIDS.

  • Conduct geospatial research support on SIDS, particularly related to the thematic areas of climate action, blue economy and digital transformation;
  • Support the development of an online dashboard for analyzing and interacting with publicly available geospatial datasets;
  • Support the ongoing development of the SIDS dashboard
  • Collaborate with UNDP’s data management team to build a database of ongoing geospatial datasets relating to UNDP’s work in SIDS;
  • Support the SIDS portfolios’ and efforts of the Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development on an ad hoc basis as tasks arise.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Strong data analysis and visualization skills;
  • Results driven, able to meet targets/deadlines;
  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
  • Creative thinking ability;
  • Highly organized and an ability to work independently;
  • Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

(a)Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher

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

(c) 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.

(d) be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

Required field of studies: 

International Development, International Affairs, Geographic Information Systems, Geospatial Intelligence, Remote Sensing, Data Science, Computer Science, Web Development, Public Policy or related fields.


  • Very good knowledge of United Nations System is desirable
  • Voluntary / internship experience in conducting research in international development or related field
  • Experience with using MapBox for GIS web development
  • Experience with a GIS software such as a ESRI, QGIS, or ArcGIS
  • Good understanding of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
  • Experience with geospatial development libraries such as, d3, Carto, or turf.js
  • WordPress development experience
  • Familiarity with publicly available geospatial datasets
  • An understanding of development issues pertaining to SIDS is an advantage;
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English is a prerequisite.

How to Apply

Internship candidates are expected to submit electronically through the UNDP job portal:

  1. Application form (you can access through the link below)

  1. Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Note: UNDP internship application form, Cover letter and CV needs to be combined in one PDF document for upload.

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;
  • Proof of medical insurance.

Kindly note the above documentation is required within one week after selection.


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