UNDP: Governance Internship programme 2020

  • Internship
  • Pretoria , South Africa


The UNDP governance programme hereby seeking a suitable candidate to work as an Intern in the programme to assist in the rapid execution of the programme.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of Programme Manager: Governance, the intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • The project with the Elections Commission which focuses on building a more inclusive and innovative democracy and protecting South Africans’ constitutional right to fair and free elections. Project areas include civic education focused on youth (with a focus on social entrepreneurship and peer to peer learning), expanding the domestic electoral observation sector, mainstreaming gender throughout the electoral process, and supporting the use of innovation in the electoral processes
  • Strengthening of social cohesion, peace and security, working with the key stakeholders in government and civil society
  • Building state capability to strengthen planning, service delivery, and professionalism in the public service
  • Assist in developing new ideas, projects and pipelines related to the South Africa Country Project Document commitments in the field of democracy, governance, rule of law and gender issues
  • Contribution to the UN Country Team’s Joint activities

Expected Outputs/Deliverables:

  • Expedite project implementation systematically through discussions and correspondences as well as analysis of periodic project progress reports,
  • Information and knowledge management including dissemination to project stakeholders and organizing relevant dialogue sessions
  • Capturing and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme goals,
  • Participate in meetings and ensure that plans, activities and resources are optimally coordinated with all partners and relevant programmes/projects
  • Draft Terms of Reference as directed and for final review by the Programme Manager

Technical/Functional Competencies/Skills:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mindset;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Computer literate in standard software applications
  • Good understanding and knowledge of public policy issues in South Africa and the region
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform in a culturally diverse environment
  • Ability and evidence to get things done
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge
  • Good writing and analytical skills, and ability to package detailed and complex information into simple formats for a diverse audience


  • Currently enrolled for the final year or completed a Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Development, Political Science, Law, Public Administration, or other related social and economic sciences and management fields

Functional and general requirements:

  • Computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UNDP, and have a personal commitment to UNDP’s Statement of Purpose and to the ideals of the UN Charter; and
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

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