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United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Development Programme


Position: Internship
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Internship
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 month ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over


The UN Resident Coordinator System is aimed at enhancing the impact of the operational activities for the development of UN agencies, funds, and programs at the country level through improving their coherence, efficiency, and effectiveness. It promotes a coherent multi-sectoral approach to respond to the specific needs of host countries, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, and by capitalizing on the comparative advantages of the different UN agencies. 

As the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General and team leader of the UN Country Team (UNCT), the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), in consultation with the UNCT, assumes overall responsibility for, and coordination of, the development activities carried out by the UN at country level. In Ethiopia, the RC also serves as Humanitarian Coordinator, and the RC Office (RCO) has core functions for coordination and ‘delivering as one’ for humanitarian work, including partnership and crisis/emergency prevention. The RCO fulfills ten core coordination functions, namely strategic analysis and planning; oversight of the UN country programming cycle; representation of and support of UN Secretariat and UN agencies (incl. non-resident agencies); support to national coordination systems and processes; development and management of shared operational support services; crisis management preparedness and response; external communication and advocacy; human rights and development; joint resource mobilization and fund management; and general UNCT oversight and coordination. 

In Ethiopia, the UN country team (UNCT) consists of 28 Resident and Non-Resident agencies, funds, and programs, and specialized agencies and supports Ethiopia’s efforts for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), under the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). The UN’s five-year strategic partnership framework aims at supporting Ethiopia in achieving Ethiopia’s 10 Year Development Plan and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in its response to the regional context, as well as towards the articulation of a more coherent resilience-based approach.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO), the intern assignment will support the Resident Coordinator’s Office in its coordination responsibility following the established policies and procedures.

  Duties and Responsibilities

  1.   Within delegated authority, the intern will be responsible for the following duties:  1. Upon request, assist the RCO team in the follow-up of all activities about the implementation of the UNSDCF 2020 – 2025;
  2. Assist, if and as requested, in maintaining regular contacts and cooperation with all stakeholders and partners;
  3. Provide secretarial/ administrative functions in support of all structures of the UNSDCF Governance Model;
  4. Assist with outreach activities by compiling and adapting documents, news, success stories, photo galleries, and other dynamic content for regular updating the RCO’s web site;
  5. Assist in the organization of meetings and events;
  6. Carry out any other duties as may be requested by the Head of the RCO.



  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others, and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client Orientation:

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to the client.

The intern is expected to:

  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; 
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

  Required Skills and Experience

 candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in the first and second bullet above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one year of graduation.

Field of study:

  • International studies, International Relations, Journalism, or Political Science

Work experience

  • Work experience not required, but some relevant work experience would be an asset including experience in development policy and/or data science.

Other Skills:

  • Full competency in all Microsoft/365 applications.

Language skills:

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for the Internship Programme; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an advantage. 

Intern requirements:

  • Applicants should indicate which months they are available part and/or full time and when they complete their studies;
  • UNDP internship program does a monthly stipend for the internship period;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • The Intern is expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for his/her education program;
  • The intern will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc...

Working Arrangements: 

  •  Remote working arrangements can be organized.


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