New Vacancy at UNDP: Internship at the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network



New Vacancy at UNDP: Internship at the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

Intern – Elections (ACE Electoral Knowledge Network) (click here to access the opening)

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Application Deadline :

01-Feb-17 (Midnight New York, USA)

Time left :

8d 11h 54m

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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)


Duration of Initial Contract :

6 months

Expected Duration of Assignment :

6 months



The ACE Electoral Knowledge Network is the main portal to the world of elections. The ACE network promotes credible, and transparent electoral processes with emphasis on sustainability, professionalism and trust in the electoral process. ACE offers a wide range of services related to electoral knowledge, assistance and capacity development. The ACE website is an online knowledge repository that provides comprehensive information and customized advice on electoral processes. The website  contains  in-depth articles, global statistics and data, an Encyclopedia of Elections, information on electoral assistance, observation and professional development, region- and country-specific resources, daily electoral news, an election calendar, quizzes, expert networks, and many other features.

The intern will be predominantly working with the ACE Coordination Unit which is responsible for the daily update and management and development of the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network. The ACE Coordination Unit consists of staff members based in several of the ACE partner organizations and conducts its functions under the guidance of the ACE Steering Board that is the main governing body of this platform and includes representatives from all partner organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Electoral Specialists and in coordination with the ACE Coordinator, the intern will support UNDP’s contribution to the ACE Coordination Unit, and occasionally support the UNDP elections team in daily matters.

The intern will perform the following activities:

Conduct research for comparative data and electoral materials;

Fact check and edit topic areas in the ACE Encyclopaedia;

Assist the ACE Coordination Unit in answering questions from ACE users;

Assist the ACE Coordination Unit in consolidating replies from the ACE Practitioners’ Network;

Assist the ACE Coordination Unit in the research/development/translation of election related polls, quizzes, news, social media outreach etc.;

Provide support to the development of BRIDGE curricula and workshop implementation if requested

Support the UNDP Elections team in regard to policy and programming support

Assist in other initiatives as directed by the Supervisor.

In addition to the above mentioned tasks, there will be room for the intern to influence the work to suit her/his specific interests and areas of expertise. This includes but is not limited to research, writing, translations, development of outreach mechanisms and technical applications to contribute to the quality and accessibility of ACE.

Expected outcome/learning opportunities:

The intern is expected to benefit from the position by gaining insights, experience and knowledge on:

Working processes of a multilateral, multicultural organization;

The systems, management and operations of electoral processes;

Recent and new developments in the field of electoral processes and electoral assistance;

Website editing and database management.

The intern will also have the opportunity to develop his/her analytical and researching skills. The objective of the internship is to provide a learning opportunity for an interested and talented student within a relevant study area. The intern is expected to act as part of the team, learning from all team members in their different capacities.


Core Values and Guiding Principles:

Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UNDP in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;

Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP and the UN;

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience:

Analytical, drafting and problem solving skills.

Ability to appreciate diversity and work as part of a team in such an environment.

Ability to assess, manage and structure information.

Good interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office package (including Excel) and Internet.


Language skills:

Fluent written and oral English required.

Arabic and French language skills would be a strong asset.

Knowledge of information management systems would be an asset.


Applicants to UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first univeristy degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);

c) 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.



The duration of the internship is 6 months; 13.02.2017 – 11.08.2017

Important Information Related to Internships with UNDP:

Required Documentation:

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of:

A copy of his/her most recent resume or curriculum vitae;

A duly completed “UNDP internship application form” (to be provided upon selection);

A letter from his/her University confirming current enrollment and graduation date;

A copy of his/her school transcript;

A copy of his/her insurance coverage;

Medical Certificate of good health from a physician;

A letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the applicant in the recent past and who is fully acquainted you performance; and

A brief paper setting out the reasons why s/he is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience.

Financial Arrangements:

UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.


UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, they should not travel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNDP.

Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work. It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which:

requires transportation to the Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; or

results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Home Country, or Country of Residence.

 Further Career Opportunities:

The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as mentioned, to complement an intern's studies.



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