United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

People and Change Group Intern (Multiple Vacancies)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development. UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources. Working with us UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines. Diversity With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates. Work life harmonization UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information - Job-specific

The People and Change Group (PCG) helps UNOPS empower people, managing talent, driving organisational excellence and managing change across the organisation in order to help the organisation deliver on its strategic intent. We are bringing together experienced professionals with strategic HR management, organisational design, and change management expertise – all of us having a passion for achieving results and building innovation into our way of doing business. We are currently looking for two interns to join our dynamic and diverse team. The role will provide internal support to a variety of global projects currently being undertaken by PCG and will be reporting to the functional Specialists. The role will offer insight into working in a United Nations organization and experience in a dynamic, international environment.

Functional Responsibilities

The interns will be supporting some of the different functions in PCG as per below high level overview, depending on need, qualifications and interest:
  • Change Management Stream:
    • Assist in implementing HR/Change Projects

    • Conduct research and analysis to support the HR/change management projects

    • Assist with stakeholder analysis and coordination

    • Support in Change Readiness Assessment evaluations

    • Drafting of communication materials (slides, presentations, information materials, emails)

    • Scheduling of events and planning meetings

    • Support in evaluating the status/impact of project implementation and deployment

    • Support in planning, designing and roll-out of our Change Capability Programme

    • Support in project planning and implementation of Change Agent Certification

    • Provide ad-hoc support to different change project teams as and when required within the scope of an intern role;

  • People Stream:
    • Talent Management
      • Support various Talent Management Initiatives: e.g. Junior Talent Programme, Support with Reassignment/Rehire of Project Managers project through administrative and communication support.

    • Diversity and Inclusion
      • Support the efforts around Gender Parity, e.g. support campaigns to Engage men in gender equality, establishing/ coordinating a network of men champions in UNOPS, communication around men engagement, allyship, etc.

      • Support efforts in disability inclusion, Duty of Care and wellbeing (reporting, consultations, best practices, etc)

      • Support our communications efforts and campaigns around gender parity, enabling environment, diversity and inclusion.

    • Learning and Development:
      • Processing documents  for the corporate learning budget

      • Support with the translation implementation of courses in the Learning Management System (Learning Zone)

      • Support webinars for leadership programmes

    • Policy:
      • Support work on a gap analysis of Benefits and Entitlements policies

      • Support administration of policies (AIs - Administrative Instructions)  to be inserted in UNOPS knowledge management system (PQMS)

    • Talent Outreach:
      • Support relevant outreach activities, such as posting VAs on job boards, inserting VAs in the weekly newsletter, support internal outreach network.

We expect you to be available now, engaged, enthusiastic and committed, and to bring some new perspectives to our work.


  •  Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge.

  • Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree or be pursuing an advanced university degree, such as a Masters or a PhD, or be a recent graduate from such studies (within the last 3 years);

  • Preferred area of study is one of the following: Business Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Social Sciences, Engineering, Physical/Natural Sciences, Data Science, Information and Communication Technology.

  • While no professional experience is required for an internship, experience in the field of  Change Management, Human Resources, Policy, Learning & Development, Talent Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion Finance, Business Process Management, Business Analytics, Marketing or similar fields is considered an asset;

  • Strong computer literacy: G Suite standard programs essential, in particular proficiency with Google Sheets and Google Slides are required.

  • Experience and interest in social justice, gender equality, diversity and inclusion is an asset.

  • Experience in advocacy or communications is considered an asset.

Language requirements:
  • Fluency in both written and oral English is required;

  • Knowledge of a second UN language (in particular French and/or Spanish) is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration - Internship

Contract type: Internship Contract level: Intern Contract duration: 6 months This role is full-time and the individual will need to be located in Denmark, as this role is based at our Copenhagen office. This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship. Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend  from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types

  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post

  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
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