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Internship: Social Policy and Development

  • Closing date: 5 Feb 2017
  • Vacancy number: INT 96


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 a three-month internship position, starting in April 2017, to assist with work related to its Social Policy and Development Programme. This will include wrapping up the research project on Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization for Social Development (see www.unrisd.org/pdrm), dissemination of the 2016 UNRISD Flagship Report “Policy Innovations for Transformative Change”, and assisting with the development of new research proposaly, including on migration and development. For further details on previous UNRISD research on migration and development, please consult www.unrisd.org/migrant-precarity-workshop and www.unrisd.org/migrationgovernance.

While at UNRISD, the intern will be asked to:
  • provide research assistance for ongoing work in the programme conducting library and Internet searches;
  • assist with editing and formatting of publications;
  • contribute to ongoing working tasks related to project management, fundraising activities, external relations, and event organization;
  • produce a short draft paper, literature review, article or another similar output, on a subject related to the Social Policy and Development Programme.
Qualifications, skills and competencies
  • Education in public policy, development studies, development economics, sociology, political science or a related field at an accredited university, with academic and professional experience in issues related to social policy in developing countries. We are especially interested in candidates with strong expertise in social policy and/or its financing, social protection and rights of migrants, extractive industries, and finance for development;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English;
  • Teamwork;
  • Communication;
  • Planning and Organizing.

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 5 February 2017 (23:59 Central European Time), with a start date in April to be mutually agreed upon. The usual duration of the internship is three months, with the possibility of extension.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this position, please apply online by clicking the button below. Please use the "motivation" section to submit a cover letter specifying your interests and qualifications. In the motivation section, please make clear how your expertise relates to the ongoing work in the Social Policy and Development Programme (please refer to the links provided above). Kindly note that, due to limited staff resources, only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

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