Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

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) is the UN’s global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to resources, knowledge, and experience to help people build a better life. UNDP is one of the world’s largest multilateral development agencies. It works in some 170 countries and territories to help eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion.

UNDP has been working in Jamaica for over 40 years to support the country’s efforts to achieve sustainable development for the Jamaican people. Our work is guided by Jamaica’s National Development Plan-Vision 2030 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and associated Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted by world leaders in 2015.Globally, UNDP’s current programme focuses on the priority areas of Sustainable Development, Democratic Governance and Climate and Disaster Resilience. In all our activities, we promote the protection of human rights, gender equality and equity and capacity development.

The UNDP Jamaica Multi-Country Office (MCO) is currently supporting a diverse portfolio of projects in the areas of:

  • Sustainable energy,
  • Environment/natural resources management
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Localizing the SDGs
  • Justice Reform
  • Human rights and gender equality

These projects are aligned to Jamaica’s development priorities. In addition, UNDP supports several requests from the Government of Jamaica to improve overall capacity. In line with its Country Programme Document (CPD) 2022-2026, UNDP will give greater focus to the following areas:

  • Social Resilience and Inclusion
  • Citizen Safety and Security and the Rule of Law
  • Climate Change Resilience
  • Sustainable natural resource management

The Programme Support Intern will work closely with the UNDP programmes unit team to support project development, implementation, monitoring, and strategic partnership engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist- Policy, with deployment to functional units, the Intern will provide support for the following tasks:

Support to Programme Implementation

  • Contribute to day-to-day support to programme/project implementation and ensuring conformity to expected results, outputs, objectives, and work-plans.
  • Provide technical support to the implementation of the Project related activities
  • Support logistic arrangements for meetings, workshops, engagements with stakeholders
  • Consult with UNDP Teams, national partners and any other stakeholders deemed appropriate to support project/programme implementation.
  • Assist with drafting and reviewing progress reports.
  • Support with the drafting of letters, memos and other documents and respond to queries on programme matters.
  • Regularly update and maintain project and stakeholder records.
  • Support and assist with other tasks when needed.

Support for Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Support the updating of monitoring and quality assurance platforms.
  • Assist with project monitoring, including participation in field and monitoring visits.
  • Assist with primary and secondary data collection efforts.
  • Other relevant tasks as deemed necessary by the supervisor.

The hybrid (in person & home-based) assignment will be conducted full-time (40 hours per week) from August to December 2023 at the UNDP Jamaica Multi-Country Office.


  • Strong organizational, time management and communication skills, attention to detail and proven ability to work independently and with a team, against tight deadlines
  • Effective verbal and written skills; ability to draft short memos and conduct presentations.
  • Integrity and impartiality, ability to work with local community, stakeholders and colleagues of various origins.
  • Proven research, presentation, reporting and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong service and team-work orientation, cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a fast-paced multi-national environment
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to learning
  • Commitment to UNDP vision, mission and values and knowledge of UN work environment an advantage
  • Results driven, able to meet targets/deadlines
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Creative thinking ability
  • Takes initiative, under minimal supervision

Required Skills and Experience


  • The Intern must have studies in field of Sociology, Public Policy, Economics, International Relations, Natural Sciences or other related areas and must meet one of the following requirements;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
  • Experience

    • Experience with Microsoft Office Package (Word, Excel and others) as well as experience in handling web-based applications.


    • Fluent in written and oral communication skills in English; competency in other UN languages is a strong asset.


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    Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


    UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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