Online Internship, United Nation Development Programme Somalia – Remote

Online Internship – Innovation for Development (Two Positions)

Location : Online- for UNDP Somalia
Application Deadline :11-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level: Intern
Languages Required: English
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)02-Jan-2018
Duration of Initial Contract:3 Months
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UNDP Somalia works with local partners, NGOs, civil society and government towards a peaceful and secure nation for all Somalis. Together with 23 other UN agencies, UNDP is helping Somalis recover from 20 years of conflict, build peace, rebuild their institutions, and set Somalia on the path to development.
UNDP supports the people of Somalia to achieve the following outcomes: peace building and conflict management, people-centered governance and law, economic recovery and environmental protection, and protecting and empowering women. It carries out its work through two main programmes – Governance, Rule of Law and Security and Poverty Reduction and Environment, and incorporates issues of Human Development and Economics, Peace building, HIV/AIDS and Gender across all of its work. UNDP Somalia has its office in Mogadishu, area offices in Hargeisa, Somaliland and Garowe, Puntland, and a support centre in Nairobi.
This internship will be online and will not require the interns presence in the office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Innovation for Development Specialist in UNDP Somalia, the intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support UNDP Somalia’s activities relating to Innovation for Development
  • Support formulation of concept notes, project documents, MoUs, etc
  • Present background information for formulation of concept notes, project documents, MoUs, etc.
  • Conduct research on Innovation for Development programmes and their applications around the world, including research on best practice
  • Develop human interest stories about projects and activities, including contributions to the UN
  • Newsletter where appropriate
  • Support the I4D Team in maintaining effective correspondence with national and international stakeholders, including donors
  • Assist the I4D team members in various programmatic and administrative activities upon request;
  • Perform other duties as they arise.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member
  • Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience

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

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) – in a development-related field such as international relations, international law, sociology, public administration, public policy and public relations.
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); – in a development-related field such as international relations, international law, sociology, public administration, public policy and public relations.
  • Have graduated (A development-related field such as international relations, international law, sociology, public administration, public policy and public relations) with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation

In addition:
The university must be accredited.
Language: Fluency in English.
Duration: Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. However, duration is from six weeks to six months.
Status: Interns are considered gratis personnel. They are not staff members.
Interns may not be sought or accepted as substitutes for staff to be recruited against authorized posts.
Interns may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.
All costs connected with an intern’s 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;
The student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.
UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, they should not travel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNDP.
Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance for the duty station for which they will work. It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which:
Requires transportation to the Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; or
Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Home Country, or Country of Residence.
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