Location : Copenhagen, DENMARK
Application Deadline : 25-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 16d 13h 31m
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 25-Jan-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 6 months


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.


UNDP works globally with preventing poverty, the Post-2015 agenda, responsible governance, crisis prevention and recovery, climate and access to energy. UNDP’s Nordic Representation Office (NRO) is located at the UN City in Copenhagen. Aside from Denmark, the office covers Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, and together we work to promote knowledge of UNDP’s work in these central donor countries. The key tasks for the NRO is to manage UNDP’s interests and to communicate the organization’s key results and focus areas.

UNDP’s cooperation with the private sector is a significant component of NRO’s work. The Private Sector/SDG Accelerator Team consists of a few employees and one intern in Copenhagen, and an additional three employees working out of Sweden, Norway and Finland respectively. The team works strategically to build up partnerships with companies, financial institutions, business networks and other actors who want to work towards reaching UNDP’s goals and the SDGs. In January 2018 the office launched the SDG Accelerator for SMEs, a programme aimed at accelerating business solutions with the SDGs. The programme was piloted in Denmark in 2018 and 2019 with 32 Danish companies. Although the pilot was officially finalized in early 2020, the team is now heavily involved in the global rollout of the programme. UNDP country offices and other actors around the world have shown great interest in the SDG Accelerator for SMEs and several are already in the process of implementation. Some of the Private Sector Team’s work now consists of supporting and supervising these processes. Furthermore, the team has launched a Maritime SDG Accelerator and a Fintech SDG Accelerator and implementation of these programmes take place in 2021. Fundraising is also part of the activities carried out by the SDG Accelerator team.

Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for an intern who can contribute to the office’s daily work. Since we are a small office with a broad mandate, the intern must be comfortable taking on a variety of assignments and not be afraid of new challenges. Typical tasks might include the following:

Research on potential partners, markets and funding opportunities
Support the coordination and handling of private sector partnerships
Support the global rollout of the SDG Accelerator programme and fundraising activities
Participate in relevant public hearings, debates, events and workshops
Support the planning and execution of events
Draft and translate letters, presentations, concept notes and other texts
Take minutes at meetings
Calendar management
Social media outreach and website maintenance
Various ad hoc tasks


Strong interest for sustainable development and the private sector’s role in this.
Excellent communications skills in English and a Scandinavian language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish).
Strong interest in, and knowledge of, global development and the work of international organisations.
Team player; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
Good organizational and time management skills.
Able to work independently.
Knowledge of the UN/UNDP and commitment to UN mission and UNDP mandate is an advantage.

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience


Fluency in spoken and written English as well as a Scandinavian language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish) is required.

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

Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

Application process:

Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP job shop (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all documents in one file):

Updated CV as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.

General Conditions

In accordance with the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP interns are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, with a rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.
Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions.
Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact erecruit.helpdesk@undp.org.

Leave a Reply