Humanitarian Programme Intern, Ankara, Türkiye At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Job Identification : 10359

Locations : Ankara, Turkey

Posting Date : 05/03/2023, 08:18 AM

Apply Before : 05/17/2023, 08:59 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Vacancy Type : Internship Programme

Contract Duration : 2 months

Education & Work Experience : High School certificate

Required Languages : Fluency in English and Turkish

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Category : Internship/Fellowship

Job Description

The Position:

Under the direct supervision of the Humanitarian Programme Specialist, the intern will support the Humanitarian Programme in the areas of programme support at the country with a focus on the most vulnerable refugee groups in Turkiye.

A work-plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon. Periodic progress meetings will lead to a beneficial environment for the Intern enhancing her/his skills and capacity in areas related to UNFPA’s mandate.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

You would be responsible for:

The overall work will be general support of the effective and efficient functioning of the projects within the context of the Humanitarian Turkiye Programme function.

The intern will:

  •  Support the team in development and review of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) related materials,
  •  Provide written and verbal translation (English-Turkish),
  •  Contribute to the preparation of reports, IEC materials and guidelines,
  •  Support the team in organizing meetings/trainings,
  •  Support the team in taking notes at meetings,
  •  Follow up correspondences, taking notes,
  •  Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications and Experience:

Your Education:

Applicants to UNFPA’s internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  •  Be enrolled in a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and have completed one full academic year;
  •  Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as master’s programme or higher);
  •  Have recently graduated with a university degree as defined above and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation; or
  •  Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional trainee programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.

Your Experiences:

  •  Some experience in working with development agencies, including in volunteer capacity.
  •  Fluency in English and Turkish. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
  •  Strong analytical and writing skills.
  •  Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds.

Learning Elements:

Upon completion of the assignment, and depending on its duration, the Intern will gain the following knowledge assets:

  •  Increased understanding of the UNFPA and the Programme Division within UNFPA
  •  Understand the UNFPA mandate and policies, including regional set-up
  •  Understand and familiarize with UNFPA Governance and Executive Board
  •  Understand UNFPA programme design and delivery mechanisms
  •  Understand the dynamics of operational and programme support and communications to the field, and at the level of HQ
  •  Learn UN technical language, working procedures, and coordination mechanisms
  •  Write and formulate substantive documents
  •  Network with UN colleagues
  •  Work experience as a team member in a multicultural setting

Financial Aspects:

Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UNFPA. The costs associated with an intern’s participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements. However, they receive a stipend to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, if not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation, or scholarship programme. The amount of the stipend varies according to the duty station. In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins. UNFPA does not provide medical insurance for interns.

Required Competencies:


Exemplifying integrity

Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system

Embracing cultural diversity

Embracing change

Core Competencies:

Achieving results

Being accountable

Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen

Thinking analytically and strategically

Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships


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