Internship with the HIV, Health and Development Team, Home based, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Sunday, 5 July 2020

Internship with the HIV, Health and Development Team


Application Deadline : 05-Jul-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : HIV, Health and Development

Type of Contract : Internship

Post Level : Intern

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 08-Jul-2020

Duration of Initial Contract : 8 weeks

Expected Duration of Assignment : 8 weeks


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life, as envisaged by 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners that can bring about results.

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan and help countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. The HIV, Health and Development Group is part of BPPS and supports UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda and making sure no one is left behind.

UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development, as described in the HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots, leverages UNDP’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development.

First, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve and sustain the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, UNDP works with countries to understand the social and economic factors that play a crucial role in driving health and disease, and to respond to such dynamics with appropriate policies and programmes outside the health sector. UNDP also promotes specific action on the needs and rights of women and girls as they relate to HIV.

Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of the law and legal environments in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics. UNDP also works to empower and include marginalized populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and people living with HIV. Beyond these focused efforts, UNDP plays a key role in ensuring attention to HIV and health within broader governance and rights initiatives, including support to municipal action on SDGs, sustainable responses for Health and HIV such as improving sustainability of AIDS financing, sustainable health procurement, strengthening of national human rights institutions and increasing access to justice for key populations.

Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multisectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. The UNDP/Global Fund partnership is an important part of this work, facilitating access to resources for action on SDG 3 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and managing such funding. UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as temporary Principal Recipient in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity to be able to assume the Principal Recipient role over time.

COVID-19 and non-communicable diseases

The COVID-19 pandemic is being exacerbated by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their behavioural, environmental and metabolic risk factors, with evidence on the strong and vast association between COVID-19 and NCDs building across geographies. At the same time, COVID-19 and its impacts is disrupting life-saving diagnostic and treatment services for people living with or at risk of NCDs while threatening to stall broader action on NCDs, particularly prevention approaches, at global, regional and country levels.

UNDP is working with WHO and other partners to ensure NCDs are an essential element of COVID-19 response and recovery. The programmic and policy focus of these efforts is on the integration of and alignment between COVID-19 and NCDs, recognizing both require whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches. Key UN plans include the Socio-economic Response Framework for COVID-19, for which UNDP is the UN system technical lead and is supporting countries to develop and roll out national COVID-19 response and recovery plans. UNDP and WHO’s large programme portfolio on NCDs includes support to countries to develop NCD investment cases and to strengthen multisectoral governance for NCDs, within UNDP’s broader work on health and development to advance universal health coverage and Agenda 2030.

Objective of the assignment: Provide support to the HIV Health and Development Team, specifically in the following areas:

work supporting UNDP’s work on COVID-19 and NCDs, including by supporting the coordination of UN volunteer inputs and supporting preparation of project proposals, performing research and outreach to UNDP country offices/government partners.

work supporting UNDP’s tobacco control and NCD projects by undertaking country-specific desk research, drafting and copy-editing guidance notes, and supporting outreach to project countries.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the Direct Supervisor, Programme Specialist Health and Innovative Financing, HHD, the intern will undertake the following:

Providing inputs to the technical support to countries and UNDP country offices on addressing NCDs and COVID-19 through a multi-sectoral, whole of government approach;
Contribute to the preparation of UNDP publications and power point presentations, including those related to investment cases and sector-specific guidance for different sectors on the nexus between COVID-19 and NCDs.

Provide support to the development of briefing notes, speeches, communication materials and project proposals.

Provide support for the organization of workshops and seminars to disseminate knowledge across various organizations and within UNDP.

Evaluation: Evaluation will happen through a desk review. The successful candidate(s) will be advised of his/her selection within 1 week.


Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Advocates and promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
Able to communicate clearly verbally and through email;
Computer literate with a working knowledge of data analysis and info-graphic tools and a willingness to learn new applications.

Strong research and writing skills;
Editing skills are helpful; and

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Knowledge in HIV, Health and development issues.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Qualified candidates must be:

Currently enrolled in a graduate school programme as a full-time student in Public Health, Law or Development Studies or another relevant and other related topics) (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or

Enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
Applicants must state their availability. Some flexibility will be allowed in the starting date and days worked per week.


Experience working in NCDs, HIV, health, and/or development, including with respect to health inequities, with academic training in related areas;
Experience in the development and conduct of research and writing assignments, particularly related to NCDs and/or the political dimensions of health policymaking;
Experience in data analysis and/or presentation;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in both written and spoken English.

Internship conditions: a) Status: Although not considered a staff member of UNDP, interns shall be subject to the authority of the Administrator and the authority delegated by Administrator to the Heads of Bureaux and Offices. Interns are not entitled to the privileges and immunities accorded by member states to UNDP, its officials and staff members.

b) Financial Support: UNDP will not pay interns but will provide a monthly stipend in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy; all other expenses connected with it will be borne by the intern or by the sponsoring Government or institution;
c) Medical Health and Life Coverage: UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs or fatality arising from illness or accidents incurred during the internship; therefore, the intern must carry adequate and regular medical and life insurance. The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan.

d) Passports and Visas: Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary passport and visas when required. UNDP will issue only a letter stating acceptance of an individual as an intern and the conditions governing the internship.

e) Confidentiality and Publication of Information: As an intern, I will respect the confidentiality of information that I collect or am exposed to at UNDP. No reports or papers may be published based on information obtained from UNDP without the explicit written authorization of the Head of Bureaux or Office.

f) Employment Prospects: The UNDP Internship Programme is not connected with employment and there is no expectancy of such. Interns cannot apply for posts advertised internally to UNDP staff during the period of internship.

GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION: All the required documents should be compiled into one file and should contain the following:

A copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
A letter from university confirming current enrollment, degree being pursued, and graduation date;
A copy of school transcript;
A letter of recommendation from a professor;
A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a Physician;
A proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains or life insurance; and

A copy of passport

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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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.