UNDP/PAPP Internship Programme
UNDP/PAPP offers outstanding university students and graduates the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDPís 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 internís 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.
Type of Assignments
Assignments vary in terms of content, however typical tasks may include:
- Conducting research
- Writing documents;
- Cataloguing information;
- Assisting in the organization of conferences, forums or other collaborative events
Overall Format of the Programme
- The duration of an internship is three to six months on the basis of full time or part time attendance.
- Unsatisfactory performance or failure to conform to the standards of conduct may lead to termination of the internship, for cause, at the initiative of UNDP. A two-week notice shall be given in such cases.
- Upon completion of the assignment the intern is awarded a letter of recommendation and a certificate from the UNDP resident representative or deputy.
Conditions of Assignment
- The UNDP internship programme operates on a non-remunerative basis.
- All costs connected with an internís participation in the programme 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.
- Costs incurred by an intern while performing his/her duties shall be reimbursed by UNDP under the same rules as costs reimbursed to staff members. Costs incurred by an intern undertaking official travel at the cost of UNDP while performing his/her functions shall be paid by the organization on the same basis as costs incurred by staff members, including payment of DSA, as applicable.
- For all overseas candidates, a certificate of fitness to undergo an internship, duly signed and stamped by a qualified examining physician is required to be submitted upon arrival and before starting an internship.
- The UNDP Country Office accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the volunteer assignment. Therefore, upon awarding an intern assignment, candidates must sign a statement to this effect.
- Interns should keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit authorization of UNDP.
- Interns cannot apply for another posting whilst working for UNDP.
UNDP/PAPP may accept interns providing the following conditions are met:
- Applicants should be enrolled in a degree programme or holders of a first university degree in a development related field such as Economics, International Relations, Anthropology, Sociology, Public or Business Administration or Environmental Studies.
- Demonstrated interest in the field of development.
- Language requirements: applicants should be proficient in English and fluency in Arabic is an asset.
- Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications.
- A desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national, and cultural backgrounds, including willingness to try and understand, and be tolerant of different opinions and viewpoints.
- Respect for the principles of the UN Charter and the UNDP statement of purpose.
UNDP/PAPP will try and identify a department which is appropriate to the applicantís expertise and substantive unitís 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 internís supervision.
How to Apply
Please complete the application form and send it with your curriculum vitae (CV) to the following email: email@example.com or by fax: +972 2 6268222 or by post: P.O. Box 51359, Jerusalem, via Israel.
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