UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:
Democratic governance and peacebuilding
Climate and disaster resilience
We are individually and collectively responsible for nurturing and promoting an organizational culture of ethics and integrity where we respect and uphold the organization’s values, and where staff are empowered and motivated to deliver sustainable development results. We seek people who are fair, impartial and honest. We value dynamic and adaptable persons who are not afraid to think creatively and are proactive, flexible and responsive.
Our core competencies
We place high importance on the following 5 core competencies. Download the full document here.
Leadership: ability to persuade others to follow
Innovation: ability to make new and useful ideas work
People Management: ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Communication: ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Delivery: ability to get things done
Types of opportunities
Whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, UNDP provides various exciting opportunities for:
Junior Professional Officer Programme
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
UNDP uses the personnel categories employed across the United Nations system. Within each category, there are different levels that reflect increasing levels of responsibility and requirements. The information in this section will help you decide which personnel category, and what level, you fit into. This will be useful when you start searching and applying for jobs.
Broadly speaking, there are the following categories of personnel at UNDP:
Professional (P) and Director (D) staff
General Service (G) staff
A competitive salary
A retirement savings plan, including employer contributions and the opportunity for your own tax-advantaged savings
Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical and dental), life and accidental death, and disability
Generous time-off benefits, including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick days
Employee assistance and referral programs
UNDP frequently engages experts under individual contracts to work on short-term projects either as a consultant or an individual contractor.
A consultant is a recognized authority or specialist in a specific field, engaged by the Organization in an advisory or consultative capacity. The functions of a consultant are results-oriented and normally involve analysing problems, directing seminars or training courses, preparing documents for conferences and meetings, or writing reports on matters within their area of expertise.
An individual contractor is engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which would be short-term in nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions similar to those of staff members.
UNDP uses the service contract (SC) modality to hire development project personnel, where UNDP is requested by an executing entity or implementing partner or where UNDP itself serves as implementing partner of a development project. UNDP will also hire under the SC modality for non-core support services that would normally be outsourced to a company, such as for custodial, security and IT services.
The SC modality is a non-staff contractual modality which is used by UNDP country offices and regional centres outside of Headquarters only. Individuals hired under the SC modality are hired locally and must be nationals or otherwise legally authorised to work in the country.
UNDP’s Service Contractors are considered to be individual contractors and their conditions of service are set contractually. The conditions of service for service contractors are distinct from those offered to staff members but are competitive in the local market where the modality is used.
Are you dedicated to world development and want to gain practical experience to complement your studies?
Internships at UNDP are a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work.
Opportunities are available in a variety of areas and every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. Visit our current vacancies and discover your development internship!
Internships can take place in UNDP Country Offices, at Regional Hubs or at Headquarters in New York. The duration of an internship assignment varies in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year.
Qualifications & Requirements
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
As an applicant, you should be able to demonstrate an interest in the field of development and respect the principles of the United Nations Charter and UNDP's mission. The desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds is an essential part of working in the UN system. You should also be interested in global mobility, as well as adaptability to varied physical and other environments.
Typically, the language requirements are: Applicants should have written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is an asset.
UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the latter must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.
Further Career Opportunities
The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as mentioned, to complement an intern's studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.
Gender and diversity
UNDP believes that an inclusive culture attracts the best talent. Our diverse workforce delivers effectively by tapping into different perspectives, experiences, knowledge and approaches. We are leveraging our workforce’s potential, and achieving greater organizational excellence.
UNDP’s Strategy for Gender Parity includes taking measures to address challenges to achieving an equal balance of men and women at each level of post.
UNDP’s Strategy for Advancing Diversity and Inclusiveness is to create a work environment welcoming to all, where everyone feels valued and can perform at their best regardless of age, gender, gender identity, disability, race, caste, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or any other status.