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Intern - Policy Engagement Team (Crisis Bureau)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-02

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Background

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels spans from local knowledge to global perspectives and advocacy.

The Crisis Bureau has the responsibility for support to prevention, crisis response, resilience and recovery work under the auspices of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Crisis Bureau staff provide global strategic advice to UNDP management and technical advice to regional hubs and Country Offices; advocate for UNDP corporate messages, represent UNDP in multi-stakeholder fora, and engage in UN inter-agency coordination. As part of UNDPs Global Policy Network (GPN), the Crisis Bureau works in an integrated manner with UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS).The GPN Crisis and Fragility, Policy and Engagement team (CFPET) ensures a coordinated UNDP engagement on crisis and fragility-related issues with key UN and external partners, facilitates information sharing and policy coherence, and serves as focal point for UNDP’s contribution to UN system-wide policy processes. It provides standing liaison function for key UN and non-UN external actors to share information and collaborate across organizations. The CFPET team works across four workstreams:

  • Supporting UNDP engagement in Inter-agency processes;
  • Enhancing strategic partnerships, particularly around the Humanitarian-Development-Peace- Nexus;
  • Thought leadership with regard to UNDP’s engagement in crises, and;
  • Providing policy advice and support to UNDP management, other bureaus and country offices.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist of the Crisis and Fragility, Policy and Engagement team in Geneva, the intern shall perform, inter alia, the following tasks:

Inter-Agency policy engagement

  • Support UNDPs engagement in inter-agency coordination mechanisms such as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, different Results Groups and IASC subsidiary bodies;

  • This includes preparation for the meetings, writing briefing and meeting notes, and assisting with logistics as necessary;

  • Provide any other support on relevant inter-agency initiatives in areas of interest.

Partnership Development

  • Provide support to new partnership development processes with humanitarian partners;

  • This includes preparation for the meetings, writing briefing and meeting notes, and assisting with logistics as necessary.

Knowledge Management and Communication related to the IASC and the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus

  • Draft, design, review and edit knowledge products, talking points, briefing packages and presentations;

  • Prepare relevant materials (brochure, newsletter, success stories etc.);

  • Assist in developing and disseminating products.

The more specific focus will be decided in consultation with the intern, taking into account his / her skills and  interests.

Competencies

Technical / Functional Competencies:

  • Strong analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent English writing and presentation skills
  • Excel proficiency and experience with document design and desk top publishing and presentation
  • Good research skills and ability to consolidate and present large amounts of information in concise fashion
  • Solid organizational, time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Attention to details and proven ability to work independently and effectively
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required

Personal Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive / integrate feedback
  • Works collaboratively with team members by sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners
  • Positive and results-oriented attitude

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in (a) a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher), in (b) 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) and, if selected must start the internship within one year of graduation;
  • Field of study related to international development and/or humanitarian aid/policy (e.g., Policy making, international development, social sciences, is an asset);
  • Understanding of crisis/humanitarian response/conflict prevention/peace building related knowledge;
  • Work experience considered as an asset.

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 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) and, if selected must start the internship within one year of graduation;

  • Applicants must be available full time for at least three months, longer availabilities are preferred;

  • Applicants should indicate which months they are available full time and when they complete or have completed their studies;

  • Shortlisted candidates may be subject to a written test and interview.

Other:

No travel is envisaged for this internship.  The interns will be required to have their own laptops during the internship. 

Conditions of the internship:

  • 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: www.undp.org/internships

Selected candidates must submit the following documents:

  • CV and letter of intent/motivation;
  • Letter confirming University enrolment;
  • Letter of endorsement from the University, or proof of (Master’s programme) graduation if within less than one year;
  • Scanned visa document/scanned passport document if no visa is required;
  • Documentation of health insurance coverage for duration of internship.
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.
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