x3 Positions Available in the Inclusive Growth Team UNDP (internship opportunity): Apply!!


UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories supporting partner countries to achieve the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequalities and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More specifically, UNDP supports partner countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and building resilience to sustain development results.

UNDP’s Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (serving 46 Country Offices in sub-Saharan Africa) develops high quality knowledge and policy products, and is the organisation’s main interface with regional and continental bodies such as the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities. 

The RSCA also implements a newly launched, continent-wide Regional Programme supporting Africa’s transformational agenda in the following priority areas, namely:

  • Priority 1 – People. African citizens (especially women and youth), in a context of reinvigorated social contracts, have a stronger voice and influence in African Union, regional economic communities and regional mechanisms policymaking and implementation processes.
  • Priority 2 – Prosperity. African citizens (especially women and youth) benefit from a regionally integrated, structurally transformed, and inclusive economy.
  • Priority 3 – Planet. African citizens (especially women and youth), supported by the African Union and regional economic communities and regional mechanisms, build a resilient Africa.
  • Priority 4 – Peace. African citizens (especially women and youth), supported by the African Union and regional economic communities and regional mechanisms, achieve measurable progress towards sustainable peace.

The Regional Programme for Africa is firmly aligned with addressing the multidimensional challenges faced with a strong emphasis on the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities by accelerating the structural transformation of economies from agriculture-based to manufacturing and beyond. Furthermore, increasingly in the evolving aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, a much stronger focus on building resilience to multidimensional shocks is also an important priority in Africa. These priorities are being strongly integrated into the focus areas of the UNDP RSCA Inclusive Growth (IG) Team, which, under priority 2 above, increasingly supports regional development that is inclusive and transformational, but also sustainable and resilient in eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities over time.

More specifically – under the umbrella of the African Agenda 2063 and UN SDGs 2030 – the IG team’s main thrust is to support African countries to align and integrate these global and continental agendas for sustainable development into their respective National Development Plans. Moreover, the UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-25, UNDP’s Renewed Strategic Offer for Africa and the Regional Programme for Africa have increasingly demanded that the IG collaborate more robustly within and across other UNDP RSCA thematic teams (e.g. Gender, Youth, Natural Capital and Environment, Private Sector, Governance and Resilience) to generate and deliver a more integrated package of services (that includes integrated policy and programme development, assessments, tools and evidence, and capacity and implementation support) on IG thematic areas (e.g. employment creation, informality, social protection, structural economic transformation, SDG integration and regional trade in the context of AfCFTA). In addition to its role as the provider of advisory services to partner countries, the IG Team continues to implement regional initiatives through the Regional Programme for Africa.

Against this background, the IG team is currently looking to recruit 3 interns to support the work of the IG Team along the following overarching thematic areas, and offers each intern a chance for deeper investigation in one of the three following areas:  

  1. The AUC/UNDP Inclusive Blue Economy Flagship: This internship will allow the select candidate to support the development of the AUC/UNDP flagship programme aimed at unlocking Africa’s Blue Economy potential through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This internship presents a remarkable chance for candidates who are passionate about sustainable development, environmental conservation, and inclusive growth. As an intern, you will be immersed in a dynamic environment where you will contribute to critical aspects of the programme, including research, policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, and the design of innovative solutions to address the challenges facing Africa’s blue economy. This role is ideal for individuals who are eager to learn about and contribute to the intersection of environmental sustainability, social inclusivity, growth and trade within the context of Africa’s vast aquatic resources.
  2. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Integration and Acceleration: The internships will allow the select candidate(s) to work under the overarching theme of enabling Member States to integrate the SDGs and related international and regional commitments into their relevant plans, budgets and statistics to accelerate progress. The work will be more specifically defined in the on-boarding stage but will likely entail a collection of country-level data on SDG indicators, SDG targets, and analysing synergies and trade-offs. It will also likely involve directly engaging and working with the Africa Union, the Regional Economic Communities and Countries from time to time.
  3. Innovative approaches on Local Economic Development in the Africa context: This internship will allow the select candidate to support specific requirements of the IG team on innovative approaches to Local Economic Development (LED) that can harness the potential of abundant natural resources in Africa in a way that is sustainable, inclusive and productive. The idea would be to do specific research, generate data and evidence as well as identify entry points for how the concept of LED can play a more significant role through innovative applications in Africa’s Inclusive Growth processes.   

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Inclusive Growth Team leads on SDG integration, Local Economic Development and Coordinator – AUC/UNDP Inclusive Blue Economy Programme, the intern  will undertake the following tasks to support one of the three thematic areas (of their preference):

1. The AUC/UNDP Inclusive Blue Economy Flagship:

  • Undertake background research on specific Blue Economy themes and contexts in Africa,
  • Undertake policy analysis of innovative integrated solutions to address the challenges facing Africa’s blue economy.
  • Support, organize and participate in stakeholders’ engagement events.
  • Contribute draft sections for the AUC/UNDP Inclusive Blue Economy Flagship programme. 

2. SDG Integration and Acceleration:

  • The work will likely entail data collection of SDGs indicators and SDG targets.
  • Undertaking the analysis of synergies and trade-offs within and across countries on SDG ambitions.
  • Engaging and working directly with the Africa Union, the Regional Economic Communities and Countries from time to time.Producing a final report.

3.  Local Economic Development:

  • Desk review of the relevant literature and documents identified on the concept and application of LED from around the world.
  • Generate data and evidence that emerged from the literature review and compile into a zero-draft report for feedback and inputs.
  • Identify entry points in consultation with the IG Team that would serve UNDP IG Team well in designing follow up policy and programmatic interventions and share the first draft for feedback and inputs. 
  • Produce a draft final report based on the feedback and inputs received and submit for finalization including any further feedback and inputs
  • Other tasks for all the interns require attending team meetings and supporting administrative processes. 


InnovationAbility to make new and useful ideas workLevel 2: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations
LeadershipAbility to persuade others to followLevel 2: Proactively identifies new opportunities and challenges
People ManagementAbility to improve performance and satisfactionLevel 2: Takes ownership of responsibilities
CommunicationAbility to listen, adapt, persuade and transformLevel 2: Understands, explains and shares information on assigned tasks with accuracy and clarity
DeliveryAbility to get things done while exercising good judgementLevel 2: Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services;    
EconomicsKnowledge of economic concepts, principles and policies and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situationsLevel 2: Execute & Learn: Execute & Learn: Perform defined tasks
Social InclusionKnowledge of inclusive growth, decent employment and social protection concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situationsLevel 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
EntrepreneurshipKnowledge of Entrepreneurship in the developing world and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situationsLevel 2:Execute & Learn:Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
Knowledge ManagementAbility to efficiently handle and share information and knowledgeLevel 2: Technical Assistance: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled in a master’s degree programme in a recognized, accredited university in the subject areas of economics, public policy, development studies or a related area


  • Work experience not required, but some relevant work experience would be an asset including experience in international development
  • Computer skills:  MS Office proficiency
  • Understanding of and previous research on issues related to international development such as the SDGs, and with knowledge of the UN system is an asset. 
  • Excellent drafting and editing skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively in small and large multi-cultural teams.
  • Good Graphic Design, Visual Arts and/or Communications skills

Language Requirements:

  • English required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Intern requirements:

  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; 
  • Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station, will be paid by UNDP;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Additional information regarding the UNDP Internship Programme may be obtained at

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.


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