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Internship: Social and Solidarity Economy

  • Closing date: 17 Mar 2019
  • Vacancy number: INT 116


The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

UNRISD is now accepting applications for an internship position in Geneva, on a full-time or part-time basis, starting in early May 2019, to assist the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) team.

While at UNRISD, the intern will:
  • Provide research assistance for ongoing work on two projects: Sustainable Development Performance Indicators, and SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs. Research assistance may also be provided for other related projects, as required.
  • Contribute to the organization of two large conferences in June related to these projects.
  • Contribute to setting up and updating an SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs.
  • Assist with other research-related tasks, including copyediting, proofreading and formatting manuscripts prior to publication, and other day-to-day work related to project management, fundraising, external relations and meetings.

Qualifications, skills and competencies:
  • The applicant should be pursuing or have completed a degree in public policy, development studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, management studies or a related field at an accredited university.
  • Good knowledge of SSE, sustainable development, and the 2030 Agenda.
  • Good knowledge of social value and social impact assessment and indicators.
  • Excellent command of the English language; shortlisted candidates will be asked to demonstrate their copyediting and proofreading capacity.
  • Proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish and/or French an asset.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Teamwork, and initiative.

This UNRISD internship is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the UN Internship Programme.
  • At the time of application, applicants must meet one of the following requirements (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns);
(i) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(ii) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) or;
(iii) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (i) and (ii) above) and, if selected, commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  • Interns are not financially remunerated;
  • UNRISD is not responsible for interns' travel expenses to and from Geneva, or for mandatory medical insurance during the period of the internship.

The deadline for applications is 17 March 2019 (23:59 Central European Time), with a preferred start date of May 2019 (to be mutually agreed). The usual duration of the internship is three months, with the possibility of extension up to six months.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this position, please apply online by clicking the button below. In your cover letter, please specify your interests and qualifications, making clear how your expertise relates to the projects specified above. Kindly note that, due to limited staff resources, only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

UNRISD vacancies are posted at www.unrisd.org/vacancies. We encourage you to sign up for MyUNRISD to be informed promptly of any openings.