As the UN's global development network, UNDP is at the forefront of today's development dialogue in championing the poor and disadvantaged. Our focus is on providing developing countries with knowledge-based consulting services and building national, regional and global coalitions for change. With a strong history of inclusion and consensus-building, UNDP has earned the trust and partnership of leaders across the developing world.
UNDP places high importance on the following five core competencies through its recruitment process.
- Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
- Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
- People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
- Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
- Delivery: Ability to get things done
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Due to the unpredictable security situation, UNDP / PAPP cannot host INTERNATIONAL interns in the oPt at the time being
UNDP/PAPP offers outstanding university students and graduates the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP’s work.The internship programme is designed to provide a framework by which people from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UNDP offices, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments. The programme also aims to promote a better understanding of major global issues and to give them an insight into how the UN works to find solutions to these problems.
The purpose of the internship programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP/PAPP but to complement the intern’s studies and interests. A number of interns, however, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere within the UN system.
- Internship assignments vary in length according to the academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments normally last a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of six months. An internship may last up to nine months if the intern can demonstrate that it will award them an educational credit for a course.
- Internship assignments completed as part of national service obligations or a postgraduate professional traineeship program may last up to 12 months.
- Internship assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis.
The internship can be terminated by either UNDP or the intern for any reason upon giving two weeks’ notice.
Conditions of Assignment
UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the latter 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 own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc. 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 the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.
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.
As an applicant, you should be able to demonstrate an interest in the field of development and respect the principles of the United Nations Charter and UNDP's mission. The desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds is an essential part of working in the UN system. You should also be interested in global mobility, as well as adaptability to varied physical and other environments.
Applicants should have written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is an asset.
UNDP/PAPP will try and identify a department which is appropriate to the applicant’s expertise and substantive unit’s needs by circulating the application to the appropriate units for evaluation and response. Acceptance of interns is subject to confirmation by the receiving substantive department desiring to have an intern for the specific period, and the availability of office space. The unit will submit Terms of Reference for the proposed intern and will select a senior professional to be responsible for the intern’s supervision.
How to Apply
Selection for internships is fully decentralized within UNDP. All internships are advertised on UNDP's jobsite at http://jobs.undp.org/.