The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Brussels, Belgium has two positions for qualified interns for a period of 6 months, starting on 24th May and 1st June 2016.
UNDP partners with national governments and people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crises, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. Active in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers a global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP helps countries to build and share development solutions in the following four main areas:
Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Climate and Disaster Resilience
In all its work, UNDP works to ensure the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.
The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) reflects the strong nexus between migration and development. Implemented by UNDP Brussels in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNHCR, UNFPA, UN WOMEN and UNITAR, the programme represents a major innovation as a first joint UN project of its kind not only with the European Commission and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, but also in its approach to inter-Agency working. Since 2013, the programme has been focusing on the local dimension of migration and development and seeks to maximize the potential of migration for local development through the delivery of targeted support to local authorities and non-state actors.
Specifically, the programme will address three areas of intervention:
Moving from isolated and individual approaches towards more structured forms of interventions through promising initiatives from local authorities in partnership with civil society organizations in selected countries that are being scaled up to maximize impact on local development. Policy options and definition of road maps for action will be drawn from the experience of the supported initiatives;
Reinforcing the capacities of selected local administrations to effectively link migration and development, with a specific focus on facilitating increased coordination within local authorities’ administration in order to maximize their ability to grasp the potential of migration for development;
Connecting local authorities globally with each other and with other stakeholders and facilitate partnerships (between local authorities in countries of origin and destination of migration, migrant and refugee associations, the private sector, the social partners etc.) to reinforce local authorities’ potential to become active players in the field of migration and development.
16 locally-led initiatives are thus being scaled up which have emerged as particularly promising in terms of linking local authorities and the civil society in the field of migration and development in the programme’s eight target countries (Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Morocco, Nepal, the Philippines Senegal, Tunisia).
The programme is also providing tailored capacity building to programme stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of the selected projects through the creation of an overall training course currently being designed as well as through continuous and personalized coaching.
Finally, the programme also utilizes the dedicated M4D Net Global Community which is moderated by the JMDI (migration4development.org) to: set up networks of interested local authorities and non-state actors and social partners in the regions of intervention; disseminate the good practices and lessons learnt from the scaled-up projects at regional level and; work towards initiating policy change at the local, national and international levels.
The selected intern will work under the supervision of the Head of the Programme Managemen Unit (PMU) and in close coordination with the Knowledge Management Expert.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of Cécile Riallant, Programme Manager, the intern shall perform the following tasks:
Conducting research on Migration and Development issues;
Collecting and cataloguing information, lessons learned and good practices from the selected projects;
Assisting in the running of the M4D Net and JMDI’s social media through:
the preparation of newsletters, blogs, e-Discussions or any other knowledge products,
Drafting and consolidating various documents (articles, reports, concept notes etc);
Assist in the organization of conferences, forums, or other collaborative events;
Assist in the mapping and reporting of activities of local authorities in migration & development, in developing countries and in the European Union;
Assisting in the follow-up, monitoring (from Brussels) and reporting on M&D actions implemented in target countries;
Assisting in the preparation of briefing notes and presentations when required;
Drafting responses to inquiries;
Any other tasks as needed.
Strong organizational and research skills;
Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN/UNDP;
Computer proficiency in standard software applications (MS Office, Excel, Word, Powerpoint);
Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modelling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Eligibility and skills
Candidate must be a student, enrolled in a graduate-level degree programme at the time of application and during the internship. Candidates that have graduated are not eligible for internship.
Fluency in written and spoken English and French. Additional official UN language an asset (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).
How to Apply
Please note that interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern’s participation in the programme must be borne by 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.
The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
Qualified candidates are requested to send their applications to email@example.com by April 13th 2016, mentioning on email heading:JMDI INTERNSHIP
The application must contain the following materials (NB: incomplete applications will not be considered):
Motivation letter specifying reasons why candidate is seeking the internship and what is expected from the experience;
Official letter from the University confirming enrollment and specifying expected graduation date;
Only those candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted for interview.
Before being offered a Letter of Acceptance for Internship, the selected candidate will have to provide the following additional documents:
A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician. If the intern is expected to travel outside the country of their residence, other than to Europe and North America, the physician must indicate whether s/he is for to travel and has the required inoculations for the country to which they are to travel;
Proof of both Medical and Life Insurance cover valid for the duration of the internship programme.