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Internship: Policy and Programme Support at UNFPA. Apply Now!

Internship: Policy and Programme Support at UNFPA. Apply Now!

About: Internship: Policy and Programme Support at UNFPA. Apply Now!

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Middle-Income Country Hub (MIC-Hub) at ESARO, the intern will support the MIC-Hub’s staff in the areas of policy research and development and programme advisory services. The support will cater to Country Offices based in a select group of middle-income countries in Southern Africa, i.e. Botswana, Eswatini, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa. 

A work-plan, outlining achievements and learning opportunities for the duration of the Internship, will be mutually agreed upon. Periodic progress meetings will foster a conducive environment for the Intern, further enhancing their skills and capacity in areas aligned with UNFPA’s mandate.

About and How You Can Make a Difference: 

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands choices and possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2022-2025), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. 

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results.  We need interns who are exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results. 

You would be responsible for: 

Providing support to monitor trends and new developments in the political, social and economic environments relevant to sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and population and development in a selection of middle-income countries. 

Contributing to the preparation of policy briefs, reports and other relevant research output in line with the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. 

Assisting in the development, implementation, and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes focused on sustainable financing to strengthen national development planning frameworks; 

Supporting the organization of the MIC-Hub initiated trainings, consultations, and pertinent meetings and conferences as per MIC-Hub’s annual work plan; and

Assisting in any other task as required by the MIC-Hub, ESARO  

You should have: 

Your Education: 

Applicants to UNFPA’s internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

A) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in a recognised university; 

B) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a recognised university. 

C) Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (A) and (B) above) from a  recognised university and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

D) Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme in a recognised university and undertake the internship as part of this programme. 

Other Eligibility Requirements for Internship: Policy and Programme Support at UNFPA: 

E) Demonstrate interest in the field of development; 

F) Demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in English; 

G) Demonstrate ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a UNFPA staff member is not eligible for an internship with UNFPA.

Your Experience as an Internship: Policy and Programme Support at UNFPA:

Strong analytical and writing skills. 

Language requirements: Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably French and/or Spanish, is desirable.

Learning Elements: 

Upon completion of the assignment, and depending on its duration, the Intern will gain the following  knowledge assets: 

1. Increased understanding of the UNFPA and the Programme Division within UNFPA 

2. Understand the UNFPA mandate and policies, including regional set-up 

3. Understand and familiarize with UNFPA Governance and Executive Board  

4. Understand UNFPA programme design and delivery mechanisms 

5. Understand the dynamics of operational and programme support and communications to  the field, and at the level of HQ 

6. Learn UN technical language, working procedures, and coordination mechanisms 

7. Write and formulate substantive documents 

8. Network with UN colleagues 

9. Work experience as a team member in a multicultural setting 

Financial Aspects: 

Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UNFPA. The costs associated with an intern’s participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements. However, the Intern will receive a stipend to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, if not financially supported by any institution or  programme, such as a university, government, foundation, or scholarship programme. The amount of the stipend varies according to the duty station. In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins. UNFPA does not provide medical insurance for interns. 

Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an  interview.

To apply, click here.


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