Programme Support Intern

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Programme Support Intern

  • Post Date:May 13, 2024
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  • Career Level Student
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  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Job Identification: 17950
Locations: Harare, Zimbabwe
Apply Before: 05/14/2024, 05:59 AM
Job Schedule: Full time
Vacancy Type: Internship Programme
Practice Area: Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Africa
Contract Duration: 6 months
Education & Work Experience: Bachelor’s Degree
Required Languages: English
Desired Languages: Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Vacancy Timeline: 2 Weeks


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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, and institutional capabilities and build resilience to sustain development results. UNDP is working to strengthen new
frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries’ efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide
global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

The Poverty Reduction Environment and Climate Change Unit is structured to address two key Outcomes in the 2021-2025 Zimbabwe CPD namely Outcome 2: Environmental protection, climate resilience and natural resource management and Outcome 3: Economic transformation, equitable and inclusive growth. Under the Environmental protection, climate resilience and natural resource management pillar, the PRECC Unit supports the Government of Zimbabwe in implementing various international obligations defined under the following: the Paris Agreement (UNFCCC), Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All), Sendai Framework, Biodiversity Convention and other MEAS. The Unit supports the implementation of national policies, strategies and targets set under national development plans focusing on the climate change, energy, agriculture, forestry, environment, waste management, and disaster risk reduction, bringing benefits to rural and urban poor particularly youth and women in most fragile landscapes and vulnerable situations through projects. Building on its whole-of-society and strong partnership approach for climate action, the PRECC Unit will expand partnerships and new forms of collaboration across sectors including building new non-traditional partnerships with private sector for enhanced diversified and clean production. The unit will also support national pro poor energy transition, broader low emissions development across all sectors in the country and develop new financing models that enable the country to pursue enhanced national climate response trajectory.

Economic transformation, equitable and inclusive growth pillar seeks to address the poverty challenge, focusing interventions at both macro and subnational levels. At macrolevel, the key priority for the Unit will be to strengthen institutional capacities to design and implement pro-poor national development strategies and policies in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) working closely with Government and other partners. Similarly, the Unit supports the capacity strengthening of subnational institutions to design and implement livelihood support interventions for increased productivity, income, and rural development as means of sustainably lifting target groups out of poverty.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:

1.Support the project planning, and monitoring processes in line with UNDP Quality Assurance standards.

  • Support partners in the preparation of Quarterly and Annual Work Plans, and other relevant project management documents.
  • Support partners in organizing and facilitating key learning, knowledge exchange and coordination meetings.
  • Support processes towards monitoring the implementation of Annual Work Plans and specific output deliverables.

2. Support the implementation of key project activities as per the project documents.

  • Support partners in the planning and roll-out of proposed activities.
  • Support in tracking implementation progress and performance of the project.
  • Support to the project in gathering and sharing information on the implementation of the programme.

3. Provide support in the creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Support in tracking and updating on new and available opportunities for funding.
  • Support in the preparation of donor reports.
  • Logistics support on the meetings and workshops preparations.
  • Coordinate and follow up with internal colleagues for administration.
  • Participate in meetings and note-taking.

4. Other:

  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.


  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization.
  • Previous experience in analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation.
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set.
  • 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.
  • Response positively to feedback and differing points of view.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have graduated with a university degree in Economics, Urban Planning, Social Climate and Disaster Management, Agriculture Economics, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, International Relations, International Development, Economics, or equivalent.
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program in Economics, Urban Planning, Social Climate and Disaster Management, Agriculture Economics, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, International Relations, International Development, Economics, or equivalent.


  • Good research and analytical
  • Good writing

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Knowledge and proficient user of Video Conferencing tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams

Language skills:

  • Fluent English required.
  •  Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

Internship Conditions:

  • UNDP internships are not remunerated, but a stipend for to support transportation.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.


Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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