Effective Development Cooperation Intern, United Nations Development Programme (Remote)


Within the GPN, the Effectiveness Group provides crucial support to ensure that UNDP is an effective, accountable and transparent thought leader and partner of choice for sustainable development. Through support to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) and International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), the Effectiveness Group fosters multi-stakeholder actions for more effective cooperation and partnerships, including strengthening policies, institutions and systems, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships to make the best use of all available resources to realize national development goals. Drawing on the comparative advantages of UNDP in strengthening country capacities to manage and coordinate development cooperation, the Effectiveness Group supports the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, as part of the OECD-UNDP Joint Support Team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Policy Analysis and Secretariat Support (30%)
  • Knowledge Management and Communication (40%)
  • Events Liaison (30%)

Required Skills and Experience


Candidate must be enrolled in a degree programme in a development related field such as economics, public administration, public policy or international relations/international development studies.

Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a post graduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as a bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  3. 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.


  • Previous experience in research and policy development, communications, advocacy, large-scale event planning is an asset, and experience in developing countries is desirable.
  • Knowledge of, or direct experience working with effective development co-operation issues, the GPEDC or IATI is an asset.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English – competency in other UN language(s), especially French and/or Spanish, is a strong asset.

IT skills:

Strong online research skills and good knowledge of the Microsoft Office Package. Skills in graphic design and video production as well as advanced excel and data base management skills in particular are considered an asset.

Conditions of internship:

Internships within the UN system are subject to following conditions, which the candidates should familiarize themselves with prior to applying:

  • Starting from January 2020 interns will receive stipends according to UN rules and regulations.
  • Any further costs associated with the internship 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 arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. The Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;
  • UNDP does not provide assistance with travel and/or housing and the Intern will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof;
  • Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook.
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  • UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months

Learn more and apply here.

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