Internship, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC)

Jan 18, 2016


Location: Seoul, Korea

Application Deadline: 29 January 2016

Starting Date: March 2016

Duration: 6 months

 

Background:

The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) for Global Development Partnerships, established in 2011, represents UNDP in Korea, works with Korea on international issues, and shares Korea’s development experiences with other countries. The Centre’s work is organized under four headlines: 1) Global Development Issues, 2) Development Solutions Partnerships, 3) Policy Analysis, and 4) Communications and Outreach.

USPC offers a small group of outstanding graduate students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP’s work and gain technical knowledge and experience in international development and multilateral cooperation.

For more information on USPC’s work, please visit the website: http://www.undp.org/content/seoul_policy_center/en/home/our-work.html

 

Objectives and Benefits:

An internship with USPC will offer graduate students the opportunity to:

·         enhance educational experience through work assignments in the field of international development cooperation;

·         acquire insights into working in the United Nations with a multicultural environment;

·         sharpen technical skills in a wide array of practical office work, including research & analysis, administration, organization of international events, and communications;

·         receive substantive guidance and mentoring support from experienced professionals for career development;

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the guidance of professional staff, interns will support the Centre’s work in the following main areas of work, as appropriate to their backgrounds and interests:

·             Working with Korea on the global development agenda including the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and the Post-2015 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

·             Facilitating and strengthening engagements and substantive exchange of knowledge among Korea, UNDP and developing countries on key development issues;

·             Policy research and analysis on key development issues for sharing with Korean as well as international partners;

·             Implementing the Centre’s communications strategy, including public outreach through web, social media and news media channels, as well as producing publications.

 

Under these four pillars, specific tasks may include:

·             Conducting research and producing briefs on various issues of  international development cooperation such as South-South and triangular development cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals, Korea’s development experiences (e.g. on corruption prevention, public access to information, e-Government, public infrastructure management, climate change, environment and green economy issues, reforestation and natural disaster risk reduction as well as local governance);

·             Documenting, translating and packaging Korea’s development experience and lessons learnt with an international perspective as a basis of knowledge exchange and triangular cooperation;

·             Designing and implementing pilot projects and partnership activities to share with developing countries Korea’s specific experience in the area of anti-corruption;

·             Translating publications, web content and other materials from English to Korean and vice-versa;

·             Supporting the organization of UNDP meetings and events, such as a Symposium on the UNDP Human Development Report, roundtable on Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP 50th anniversary celebration events;

·             Performing liaison support and administrative tasks as necessary in the day-to-day office operation;

·             Supporting communications and advocacy infrastructure (website, social media channels, media presence, public outreach) to ensure effective advocacy on the main areas of work of the USPC.

 

Work Arrangements:

The preferred duration of the internship is six months. It is desired that the intern will work at least 20-30 hours per week during usual business hours.  If that is not possible due to coursework or other outstanding commitments, other work arrangements will be determined based on mutual agreement between the supervisor and intern.  The intern will work in the USPC office where work space and an email address will be provided. 

 

Required Skills and Competencies:

·             Must be enrolled in a graduate-study program during the entire period of the internship. Those in undergraduate programs or those who have already completed their graduate studies are not eligible to apply, with no exceptions allowed;

·             Education: Academic training in international development, international relations, political science, law, economics, public administration, journalism, environmental policy/science, Korean-English translation/interpretation, and other related fields;

·             Experience: Prior experience with government policy work, international development projects, policy research, and Korean-English translations would be an asset;

·             Demonstrated interest in the field of development;

·             Demonstrated research and analytical capacity;

·             Strong interest and training in drafting and editing policy-related documents;

·             Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;

·             Able to work effectively in a team and in an international environment;

·             Administrative skills in the organization of meetings and events;

·             Excellent written and communication skills;

·             Proficiency in using standard software programmes: Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook;

·             Languages: Strong writing and speaking abilities in English; fluency in Korean is not required but would be an asset.

 

Application Process:

Please submit your Resume/CV and a cover letter to heejung.kim@undp.org by noon (Seoul time), 29 January 2015 in a single file named: “[last name] [first name]”. Subject line: “USPC Internship S/S 2016_Your Name”.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview, which will take place in mid-February.

Conditions:

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. 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/her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.

The purpose of the Internship Program is to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. 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.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE


Location : Seoul, KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)
Application Deadline : 10-May-15
Type of Contract : TA Local
Post Level : GS-6
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2015
Duration of Initial Contract : 364 days

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE


Location : Seoul, KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)
Application Deadline : 10-May-15
Type of Contract : TA Local
Post Level : GS-6
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2015
Duration of Initial Contract : 364 days

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE


Location : Seoul, KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)
Application Deadline : 10-May-15
Type of Contract : TA Local
Post Level : GS-6
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2015
Duration of Initial Contract : 364 days