United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Project Management Intern (Multiple Positions)

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.


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 United Nations Department of Operational Support, Office of Supply Chain Management, Logistics Division (UN DOS/OSCM/LD) is responsible for implementing an ‘end-to-end’ integrated Supply Chain Management in support of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Operational Support (DPO/DOS) missions as well as Special Political Missions (SPMs). UNOPS has been requested to assist in the implementation of this activity for DOS/OSCM/LD.

Since January 2017, a project team, known as the DOS Umoja Coordination Office, is responsible for deploying multiple project streams to peacekeeping and special political missions. The project team is looking for additional support for one of the initiatives, the Material Master Transformation (MMT) project.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Manager, the intern will work with the UNOPS Project team for DOS/OSCM/LD and will perform the following duties:
  • Provide support to the UNOPS project team with the extraction and collection of data from different sources
  • Analyse and structure data, and compile work sheets to prepare for meetings with subject matter experts
  • Provide support to the organization of regular and ad-hoc meetings; prepare minutes and summaries of actions to be taken, and track progress on planned issues and follow-up with focal points
  • Provide operational support to the implementation of projects activities
  • Assist with the compilation and distribution of progress reports, framework documents, lessons learned and best practices
  • Contribute to the overall work of the team and take on additional tasks as and when needed
2. Training components and learning elements

The intern will be part of a team and will be learning on the job daily.  Dedicated time will be allocated by the supervisor for understanding the functioning of UNOPS and the UN development agency world in general.

3. Participation in missions or Training Courses

The intern will be able to participate in other different training offered by UNOPS, including online language and project management courses. Other opportunities will be discussed with the intern upon arrival. No travel missions are foreseen from the outset.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

1. Academic qualifications

Must be enrolled or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in International Studies, Business Administration, Information Technology, Management, or related fields or have graduated from such studies within three (3) years prior to the applications date of the internship.

2. Language Skills

Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in one or more official UN languages is desirable.

3. Internship-related experiences

Internship-related experiences not required, but previous working experience would be an asset


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.

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
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Internship Contract level: Intern Contract duration: up to 30 September 2021
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