Localidad : Home/School based
Fecha límite de postulación :14-Feb-18 (Medianoche Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
Categoría adicional :Desarrollo sostenible y la reducción de la pobreza
Tipo de contrato :Internship
Nivel de puesto :Intern
Idiomas requeridos :
Duración del contrato inicial :3 months
Duración esperada del puesto :3 months


Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are some of the countries on the frontline in the global fight against human-induced climate change. Collectively, SIDS and their citizens share many development challenges. The economic, social and environmental issues faced by SIDS Communities are interrelated and strongly influenced by external global processes. The particular characteristics of SIDS development setting are important for understanding the context in which SIDS determine their national priorities and for identifying best practices and coordinated strategies to achieve their development objectives.

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

UNDP was at the forefront of the Third International Conference of SIDS in Samoa in September 2014, with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support playing a key role in the preparations of the Conference, and actively following up on actions identified in the outcome document S.A.M.O.A 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; and supporting SIDS to integrate these priorities into development programmes. UNDP is also supporting SIDS to delivery on other global commitments: the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, positioning SIDS priorities high in the system-wide agendas and UNDP’s action plans.

In view to this, the Sustainable Development Cluster, at the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, is seeking to recruit an intern to 1) assist in the preparation of inputs, including conducting policy research for UNDP’s policy and programme support to SIDS and drafting key synopses of development in UNDP programme countries; and 2) support knowledge management efforts on SIDS-related work to promote sustainable development.

Deberes y responsabilidades

Working with UNDP Sustainable Development Policy Advisor for SIDS, the intern will provide support for a number of research and knowledge management activities, in particular:

  • Support to the preparation of inputs for the development of summary notes, infographics and synopses on SIDS development trends in a context of economic, social and environmental issues faced by SIDS;
  • Support the knowledge management efforts of the cluster to locate and file all reports and publications produced by the organization on SIDS and/or by SIDS.
  • Support in conducting research and analyzing programme documents on past experiences and SDGs-related issues.
  • Support the preparation of drafting, developing, and providing content to UNDP’s website on SIDS.


  • Strong research, analytical, writing and editing skills, with track record in producing development research, development of a website and infographics, articles and other material in English.
  • Demonstrated understanding of international development issues, especially in the areas of SIDS development policies and the 2030 Agenda.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, attention to detail and proven ability to work independently under tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in the usage of computers and office software packages.
  • Strong verbal and writing communications skills in English.


Habilidades y experiencia requeridas

Internship eligibility

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);
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.

Preference will be given to candidates recently graduated, or in the process of pursuing, a Master’s or advanced university degree programme in economics, environment, natural resources, climate change, international relations, public administration or relevant field.



  • Strong knowledge of development planning processes, familiarity with the economic, social and environmental issues faced by SIDS.
  • Experience of working with developing countries, NGOs and communities is an asset.
  • Proficiency in the usage of computers, statistical software packages and content analysis.


  • Knowledge of English is a prerequisite.


 Conditions of Internships

Financial Arrangements: UNDP does not pay for internships. The 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 directly, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.

 Further Career Opportunities: The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as mentioned, to complement an intern's studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.

 How to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, and CV through the online portal.

Noting that only shortlisted candidates will be notified about the decision of the selection, and will be required to provide

  • an official letter from University confirming enrollment in graduate program & graduation date,
  • a copy of school transcript,
  • letter of endorsement/recommendation from a Professor,
  • medical Certificate of Good Health from a Physician,
  • proof of medical and life/accident insurance and other identification proofs.








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