NEW Intern (Inclusive Insurance – PICAP) (UNCDF) (2 Positions) (Readvertised) Internship – Internship UNDP – United Nations Development Programme Closing in 14 days Suva

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UNDP - United Nations Development Programme


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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.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP’s work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience. UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. 


The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji serves 14 countries and territories in the Pacific and offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP has a robust resilience and sustainable development programme portfolio that includes several disaster risk resilience projects covering all Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS). Under this scope, the Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme has been jointly developed and is being implemented by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations University for Enivronment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and UNDP. UNDP’s presence, government relationships, and networks in all the PSIDS is leveraged by the Programme throughout its implementation and expansion. UNDP Fiji multi country office provides administrative and operations support to the programme covering finance, human resources, procurement, and other related functions. 


The overall objective of the Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme (PICAP) is to improve the financial preparedness and resilience of Pacific governments and communities, specifically vulnerable segments of society and economic sectors, towards climate change and natural hazards through the development and implementation of climate disaster risk financing instruments such as micro and meso level parametric insurance schemes.

Duties and Responsibilities

The PICAP is supporting implementing partners such as Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF), Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Women and Fiji Crop and Livestock Council and for this purpose, the Programme is seeking two interns to coordinate with partners as well as support the programme as a whole.

Under the guidance & supervision of the Regional Technical Lead and in close collaboration with other PICAP colleagues and partners, the intern will assist in any or all of the following tasks:

  • Support in research and data analysis
  • Coordinate with different stakeholders to ensure timely submission of deliverables
  • Preparation of policy briefs, concept notes, discussion papers and presentations in areas including but not limited to CDRFI 
  • Undertake studies with project partners to highlight their inclusive insurance deployments, performance and journey with a view to publish lessons learnt 
  • Assist in the development of knowledge products, blogs and presentations relating to inclusive insurance, CDRFI and other related topics 
  • Support the partner in field awareness raising on parametric insurance using the literacy tools developed by the programme 
  • Other specific tasks as specificied by the Regional Technical Lead from time to time 

Further, the Regional Technical Lead is committed to providing the intern with the training, guidance and support necessary to complete the above duties and responsibilities effectively and within the internship period. This will include scheduled meetings (weekly) to assess output progress, systems training (if required) and completion of required university reports to meet any academic requirements.


UNCDF/UNDP Core competencies:

  • Communication
  • Delivery
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • People Management

Functional & Technical Competencies:

  • Demonstrates strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present persuasive, coherent and well-founded arguments.
  • Demonstrates drive to achieve results in timely manner and to seek and find solutions to any problems encountered.
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • Ability to convert complex and abstract ideas into simple visual concepts.
  • Demonstrates an intellectual curiosity and deep desire to learn.
  • Demonstrates a consistent commitment to pro-actively helping fellow members of the team.
Required Skills and Experience

  • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree/Post-graduate programme in Social Sciences, International Relations, Economic Development, Economics, Finance, Journalism, Political Science, Communications, or related field.
  • Applicants to the UNCDF/UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or higher) 
    • Be 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.
  • Experience in development projects 
  • Experience in working with civil society organizations, Government Ministries, policy makers, 
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask, balance multiple responsibilities, and work to deadline.


Application procedure
The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;

Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location from where the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  • It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents and need to plan for these well in advance.

Subsequent Employment

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. 
Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
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