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Internship - GESI

Colombo (Sri Lanka)


UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP in Sri Lanka works with the Government and all its partners to support the country achieve equitable and sustainable human development.

In support of Sri Lanka's move towards Good governance initiatives and development, the Governance for Empowerment and Social Inclusion (GESI) Programme cluster of UNDP focusses on the capacity, system development of national institutions and empowerment of communities, working to create sustainable livelihoods and promote human rights protection, focusing on marginalized groups, including women-headed households, youth, plantation sector workers and conflict-affected communities.

Under GESI, The UNDP’s Governance for Local Economic Development Programme (GLED) serves as one of UNDP’s umbrella delivery programme for strengthening local governance capacities and improving socio-economic opportunities in identified vulnerable regions of the country in partnership with the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs. The GLED Programme comprises of 4 main outputs:

  • Vulnerable Groups enabled to engage in sustainable local economic development initiatives;
  • Local level governance institutions plan and manage service delivery with increased effectiveness and inclusiveness;
  • Policy makers and development partners have an increased knowledge on good practices and lessons learned on local economic development and local governance to policy decisions;
  • Vulnerable communities have increased skills and ability to participate in local governance activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The GLED Team is offering a six month internship to focus on the following areas:

  • Contribute towards the production of project reports, publications and knowledge management tools of the programs of GESI;
  • Provide operational supoprt for successful programme implementation;
  • Support the collection compilation of data and information for research and analysis from areas identified by the GLED Program;
  • Coordinate organization of conferences, workshops and events;
  • Facilitate research studies on projects under GESI;
  • Provide support to the Monitoring and Evaluation initiatives of GESI Programs;
  • Perform analysis of issues, and contribute to the formation of the institutional responses with regard to the program if required;
  • Provide administrative support if required and any other tasks as advised by the Team


  • Confident and Pro-active
  • Creative and flexible
  • Team player
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

  • Studies in the development-related fields, preferably with a focus on Development Studies, Law, Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Sciences, or any other related field;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in English, and Sinhala and/or Tamil;
  • Ability to use computers and office software packages;
  • Experience working with media platforms and groups will be an advantage;
  • Website and social media management skills;
  • Proofreading and copy-editing;
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, interpersonal);
  • Detail-oriented with ability to work under pressure;
  • Responsible and accountable, with good capacity to work on sensitive issues.

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); in the field of communications, public relations, languages, journalism or equivalent;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • 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.
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.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-09

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