United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Human Resources Intern

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description



The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Human Resources Section supports UNV in achieving its mandate, business plan and staff performance objectives by partnering with senior and line management to meet UNV’s strategic HR requirements, and by designing/implementing services and initiatives to attract, develop, motivate, and retain staff and personnel with the best talents to match UNV’s needs. The Human Resources Section operates within the framework of UNDP’s human resources policies and systems.

The Human Resources Management (HRM) team in the HR Section is looking for a highly motivated Intern to support initiatives related to staff learning and development, outreach and branding as well as business process review.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direction of the HR Specialist, Team Lead HRM, the incumbent is expected to contribute to:

  • Development, planning, promotion and implementation of specific staff development programmes.
  • Drafting reports, guidelines, and promotional materials related to staff learning opportunities and the global staff learning approach.
  • Creating new and updating existing user-friendly content for the HR portal.
  • Outreach and sourcing efforts for staff vacancies (social media/ virtual career fairs);
  • Administrative and logistics support to staff recruitment process;
  • Preparing presentations; all staff announcements; webinar content etc. on HRM issues.



  • Achieve results:  plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think innovatively: open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn continuously:  open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with agility:  adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with determination:  shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and partner:  demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable diversity and inclusion:  appreciates/respects differences, aware of unconscious bias, confronts discrimination

Learning opportunities for the intern

  • General understanding of the work and mission of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and of the contribution of volunteerism to peace and development effectiveness;
  • Learn about HR management and staff development in an UN organization.
  • Hands-on experience with organizing learning events; coordinating staff development programmes and drafting related promotional or informational materials;
  • Recruitment and sourcing in the UN;
  • Experience working in an international organization and in a multicultural environment.


Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP Internship-programme" id="link" class="link">Internship Programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  3. 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;
  4. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.


  • Experience in planning events and/or large group activities;
  • Experience drafting a range of documents as well as social media content.
  • HR experience or knowledge is a strong asset.


  • Proficiency in English;
  • Knowledge of one of the other five official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


  • Intern will be given monthly stipend in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy, which applicants should become familiar with prior to signing an UNDP Internship Agreement Form .  Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP Stipend.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme.


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