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2267 Intern - National Academy for Public Administration, Finance & HR Department (2 positions)

Belgrade (Serbia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Banking and Finance
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-31

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To support the work of the National Academy for Public Administration (NAPA), Finance & HR Department.


To contribute to result-oriented, effective and efficient implementation of activities of the National Academy for Public Administration.

Background Information

The project “Civil Service Training for the 21st Century in the Republic of Serbia” is supporting development of an effective and professional civil service by enhancing the capacities and skills of future management staff and other civil servants in public institutions and organizing their continuous training, since this is a critical condition for overall modernization of public administration, as well as implementing administrative, economic and social reforms.

The Project aims to build on the previous achievements which were recognized both in Serbia and internationally, and provide effective support to the National Academy for Public Administration (NAPA) in (1) further building and strengthening its internal capacity at staff/trainer and institution level, (2) designing new, innovative and competitive training programs and redesigning  of existing ones in line with needs of the public sector and the latest global trends of public administration for aligning to the 4th industrial revolution, (3) introducing modern e-learning platforms using effective electronic multimedia educational technologies and (4) supporting NAPA’s international cooperation activities, educational research, as well as outreach activities in order to promote and ensure greater visibility of NAPA’s mission and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP will engage two Interns to support the activities of the National Academy for Public Administration. The Interns will work closely with the national partner- NAPA and they will be supervised by the UNDP Project Manager. The Interns shall perform the following tasks:

  • Provide administrative support to the activities under the Project;
  • Provide operational support to the building of internal capacity at staff/trainers and institution level;
  • Perform any other duties within the scope of NAPA’s working unit, as required.


  • Demonstrates strong data manipulation and computer skills;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in one of the following fields: economics, law and other related academic fields.
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in: economics, law and other related academic fields.
  • Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program (as defined in (a) and (b) above).

Field of study: economics, law.

Language requirement:
  • Excellent knowledge of written and oral English and Serbian. 
Internship Conditions
Interns are not considered as having the status of a staff member. During the internship with UNDP, interns are subject to the Regulations Governing the Status, Basic Rights and Duties of Officials other than Secretariat Officials, and Experts on Mission (ST/SGB/2002/9). 
Interns must not represent UNDP in any official capacity or commit resources on its behalf. 
The normal duration of internship is no less than six weeks and no more than six months. Internship assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year, depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns.
The envisaged duration of this Internship is 5 months.
Medical Insurance
Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.
Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station, will be paid by the receiving office.
Subsequent Employment
There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.
The internship can be terminated by either UNDP or the intern for any reason upon giving two weeks’ notice. 

The shortlisted applicants will be required to submit the following documentation: 

  • Copy of his/her most recent resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date, or copy of diploma if already graduated.
  • Copy of his/her school transcript.
  • Endorsement letter or letter of reference from a faculty member, if requested.
The successful candidate will be asked to provide, prior to commencing work, the following documentation:
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement; 
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Proof of medical insurance valid for Serbia throughout the duration of the 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.



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