Internship for Programme Criticality and Crisis Interface, Crisis Response Unit, UNDP

The Crisis Response Unit (CRU) is responsible for UNDP’s corporate crisis response strategy and capability. It develops and drives UNDP’s vision and priorities for crisis response, coordinates and facilitates UNDP’s crisis response with a whole-of-UNDP approach, provides oversight for all UNDP crisis response actions and ensures high quality crisis response.

CRU is leading UNDP’s support to the UN system-wide implementation of the Programme Criticality (PC) Framework and houses the PC Secretariat. Programme Criticality is used to determine levels of acceptable security risk for activities carried out by UN personnel in environments of high or very high security risk. The PC Framework is a key mechanism to enable the UN to stay and deliver the most critical programmes and mandated activities even at high or very high security risk. The implementation of the PC Framework is currently mandatory in around 20 countries and areas of UN operations. Within UNDP CRU, the PC Secretariat provides day-to-day support to UN field presences in high-risk countries, including by organizing the deployment of inter-agency teams of trained Programme Criticality facilitators.

In addition, within UNDP CRU the Crisis Interface Team (CIT) is responsible for UNDP’s engagement with the humanitarian community and works to ensure the development agenda—in particular early recovery—is effectively integrated to the humanitarian architecture and humanitarian financing. CRU CIT leads UNDP’s engagement to advance of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, including through the New Way of Working (NWOW) which is a multi-agency commitment made at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit towards removing unnecessary barriers to collaboration between humanitarian and development actors, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector actors. The NWOW can be described, in short, as working over multiple years, based on the comparative advantage of a diverse range of actors, including those outside the UN system, towards collective outcomes. Wherever possible, those efforts should reinforce and strengthen the capacities that already exist at national and local levels.

Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will provide support to the work of the Programme Criticality Secretariat and will assist with other functions of the Crisis Interface Team, as and when required.

Tasks may include:

  • Support the Programme Criticality Secretariat in coordinating PC facilitation support missions, including by responding to queries from UN field presences.
  • Support the Programme Criticality Secretariat in knowledge management, including by managing the content of the Programme Criticality website and database and administering the Yammer network on Programme Criticality, and by disseminating the results of PC assessments.
  • Support the development or improvement of outreach, guidance and training materials on Programme Criticality
  • Conduct and analyze surveys with UN country presences who have recently completed a PC assessment, and who are at mid-point of the implementation of a PC assessment.
  • Help to organize Programme Criticality briefing sessions for UN entities as requested.
  • Support the preparation and documentation of meetings of the Programme Criticality Coordination Team and Programme Criticality Steering Group. Follow up on pending action points.
  • Support the CRU Crisis Interface Team on matters assigned by the Team Leader, in particular in work related to the “New Way of Working”.
  • Perform other tasks as required.

The intern is expected to participate as an active member of the team and openly contribute his/her perspectives throughout the internship.

Technical Competencies:

  • Preferably, an academic focus on the UN system and UN field operations, and/or on global UN reform agendas such as the World Humanitarian Summit and the Agenda 2030.

Core Competencies:

  • Ethics & Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity.  Is familiar with and acts in accordance with the standard of conduct for international civil servants, ethics and UN/UNDP values
  • Developing & Empowering People/Coaching and Mentoring: Self-development, initiative-taking. Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action
  • Working in Teams: Acting as a team player and facilitating team work.  Works collaboratively with team members sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Communicating Information and Ideas: Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively.  Uses tact and sensitivity when delivering sensitive information or resolving delicate issues
  • Self-management & Emotional Intelligence: Creating synergies through self-control Fosters a positive outlook and maintains focus during period of stress and heavy work load, inspiring and guiding others towards goal achievement
  • Knowledge Sharing & Continuous Learning: Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Actively seeks learning opportunities, adopting best practices created by others
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision-making: Informed and transparent decision making. Makes decisions within his/her own span of control, recognizes issues requiring more advanced judgment and refers them to the appropriate level.
Required Skills and Experience

  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
  • Preferred field of study: International Relations, Development Studies, Humanitarian Affairs, Security Studies, Political & Social Sciences.
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  • Language: Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Fluency in French would be an asset.

Working Arrangement and Duration

The intern will be under the supervision of the Programme Specialist / Programme Criticality Secretariat, with possible secondary supervision by another member of the Crisis Interface Team.

This is a full-time internship (five days a week) based in UNDP New York Headquarters.

The duration of the internship is two months, with the possibility of extension. The intern will be required to bring their own laptop.

These terms of reference may be modified until the beginning of the internship period. Any changes will be immediately communicated to the selected candidate.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.