UNDP: Economics Internships 2020

  • Internship
  • Pretoria , South Africa


Role purpose

Under the guidance of the RR and direct supervision of the Senior Economist, PSPU, the intern will support the economic analysis for the country office’s policy support and programme development. The intern will provide inputs to the National Human Development Report focusing on unemployment and compile data and analysis for reports that advises management on macroeconomic policies, trends and relevant linkages with topical emerging issues in South Africa.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support Senior Economist to compile, collate and analyze economic and development issues, including the development of the National Human Development report on unemployment;
  • Support as well as initiate research work to support policy content of programme, including UNDP’s youth employment programme;
  • Advocacy and promotion of the SDGs and UNDP’s mandate and mission.

Impact of Results 

The key results of the post are to expose and strengthen the intern’s awareness and capacity in the following:

  • UNDP’s mandate and contributions to the national policy dialogue;
  • Enhance macroeconomic analytical skills;
  • Enhance official writing skills;
  • SDGs advocacy and monitoring.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Interest and familiarity with development issues including sustainable economic development and poverty reduction;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to provide quality policy notes and briefs on economic issues;
  • Good research and data management skills;
  • Statistical and analytic skills.


  • Minimum first-level degree in Economics.


  • No work experience necessary but must be eager and proactive;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems and statistical analysis of data such as SPSS, Eviews, STRATA;
  • Understanding and familiarity with the SDGs, HDR and other economic policies related to social development would be advantageous.

Intern requirements:

  • UNDP interns receive payment of a monthly stipend based on the rate established by the duty station
  • UNDP interns accrue leave at a rate of 1.5 days per month;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Applicants should indicate which months they are available part- and/or full time and when they complete their studies (if still enrolled);
  • Interns need to make own arrangements for travel, VISA, accommodation, etc

How to Apply

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