Internship for Reintegration in the Context of DDR and PVE

Lieu : Geneva, SUISSE
Date limite de candidature :22-Feb-18 (Minuit New York, États-Unis)
Type de contrat :Internship
Niveau du poste :Intern
Langues requises :
Date de commencement :
(date à laquelle le candidat sélectionné doit commencer)
Durée du contrat initial6 Months


UNDP is the global development network of the United Nations, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in more than 170 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.  UNDP Geneva Office seeks to support the active and strategic engagement of UNDP with Geneva-based UN and other external humanitarian, human rights and development partners.  whose work is vital for the successful achievement of UNDP’s recently adopted Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

Anchored   in   the   2030   Agenda   for   Sustainable   Development   and   committed   to   the   principles   of   universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021 is to help countries achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shocks. This Strategic Plan sets out a vision for the evolution of UNDP over the next four years, responding to a changing development landscape and the evolving needs of our partners.

The new Strategic Plan is accompanied by the Integrated Result and Resource Frameworks which includes as outcome 3 to; Strengthen Resilience to Shocks and Crisis and more specifically output 3.2.1: “National capacities strengthened for reintegration, reconciliation, peaceful management of conflict and prevention of violent extremism in responses to national polities and priorities”.  The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and in particular its Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) is working towards the implementation of this outcome and output, by specifically supporting the reintegration of ex-combatants in the context of DDR and PVE.

BPPS provides both technical support to country programmes where reintegration of ex-combatants is a key component. It also leads on the development of reintegration policies. BPPS/SDC also liaises and coordinates with other UNDP teams and offices to support the broader goal of outcome 3.

UNDP co-chairs the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on DDR together with DPKO. The IAWG was established in 2005 to develop and provide cutting-edge policies and resources to DDR practitioners. In 2006 the IAWG launched the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS) providing guidance for the planning and implementation of DDR programmes. In 2016, the IAWG took the decision to review and update the IDDRS to ensure it reflects the current contexts in which DDR programs are being implemented.

Devoirs et responsabilités

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Policy Specialist, Partnerships, Reintegration and Livelihoods, the Intern will support UNDP’s roles and responsibilities related to:

  • Country programme formulation, planning and follow up in the area of Reintegration;
  • Inter-agency coordination, IAWG Secretariat functions and UNDP as co-chair responsibilities;
  • Policy development, including UNDP reintegration guidance and the revision of the IDDRS;
  • Knowledge management and communication at UNDP and inter-agency levels.

During the internship, the successful candidate is expected to undertake and complete the  following tasks:

  • Support the organization of meetings, workshops and events such as publications launches (prepared draft agenda, ensure establishment of phone bridge/VTC connection and other logistics, following up on participation of members, drafting of minutes of meetings, keeping members list, as relevant);
  • Prepare drafts of relevant background documents for meetings (terms of reference, concept notes, reports, as relevant);
  • Prepare and update mappings of actors, programmes or relevant issues/topics;
  • Prepare drafts of communication materials for the website and other relevant means of communication;
  • Conduct desk reviews and research on relevant topics in support of policy development and strategic advice;
  • Participate in internal meetings and provide overall support in preparation of minutes;
  • Participate in missions and trainings as appropriate; and
  • Carry out all other related tasks assigned by the Policy Specialist as agreed.

Due to the nature of the thematic areas to be covered, the duties of the intern may vary and change during the course of the internship. A high degree of flexibility and independence in performing tasks is required.


  • Effective Communication skills with staff at all levels of the organization and initiative taking abilities;
  • Very good analytical and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated abilities of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy;
  • Demonstration of cultural sensitivity and appreciation for different cultures and practices;
  • Ability to pay great attention to detail and exercise sound judgment;
  • Ability to work well in a team and project a positive image;
  • Self-motivation and ability to recommend options for resolution of issues;
  • Strong service orientation.

Qualifications et expériences requises

  • Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must, at the time of application, meet one of the following 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); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) in development studies, international relations, political science, economics, law and relevant to the social sciences; and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
  • Familiarity with DDR and in particular the reintegration component is an asset, as well as knowledge of thematic areas related to peacebuilding, security, rule of law, violent extremism, terrorism and/or organized crime.


  • Ability to perform under high pressure, with strong delivery orientation.
  • Interest to be part of a team composed of staff from multi-cultural backgrounds.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is a requirement, working knowledge of French and Spanish is an asset.

Internships Conditions:

  • Interns are not considered staff members of UNDP and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are not entitled to financial support (salary or any other compensation) from UNDP;
  • Interns are not covered by UNDP for medical, health or life insurance and have to have their own international medical and life insurance;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Candidates are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed, to any post for a period of three months following the end of the internship;
  • The normal duration of an internship is from six weeks to 6 months (which is the maximum duration);
  • The intern needs to be enrolled as a graduate or final year Bachelor’s student throughout the duration of the internship or be within one year of graduation from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. programme;
  • The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.
  • For more information about the application process and UNDP's internship terms and conditions, visit:

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