Project Intern, “Strengthening Systems Approach for SDGs in Mongolia” project

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Project Background

“Strengthening Systems Approach for SDGs in Mongolia” project

The specific development challenge the project seeks to address is efficient and effective use of the limited and inadequate development resources (financial, human, and institutional capacity), which is resulting in a significant amount of financing gap for sustainable development. The challenge can be addressed by formulating multiple business strategies and perspectives for financing development initiatives through innovative, blended and hybrid financing tools, including private sector resource mobilization and participation for achieving SDGs. 

This project as an integral part of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF 2023-2027) draws on the detailed analysis the document has made on the country’s overall development context and the challenges it faces, including the analysis related to the principle of ‘Leaving no one behind”, seeks to contribute to accelerating progress towards the nationalized and localized SDGs by strengthening the national capacities: in comprehensive assessments and monitoring of the implementation of SDGs, integrating systems and design thinking approach to mainstream SDGs into national planning, filling data gaps, and improving the alignment of private business activities with sustainable development goals. The project will focus on two areas: (i) improvement in policy cohesion and coordination at the national and local level; and (ii) resource mobilization for the national sustainable development.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the National Project Coordinator, the intern is expected to provide a day-to-day support to the UNDP Project Unit. He/she will carry out the following specific tasks and responsibilities.

Support the project communications and advocacy related activities

  • Provide written translation (Mongolian to English and vice versa) of program information and documents, including but not limited to social media posts, concept notes, workshop agendas, training materials, etc., and ensure the accuracy of the translated documents.
  • Support the implementation of communications and media strategy, including drafting social media posts in Mongolian and English and other communication-related texts in accordance with UNDP communications policy and brand guidelines.
  • Perform other related duties as required. 
Support the day-to-day project administration related work:
  • Provide administrative and logistics support in the organization of online and in-person meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings and travel;
  • Perform other relevant operational and administrative duties as relate to the project implementation
  • Assist on procurement procedure in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations
Core Values: Respect for Diversity, Integrity, and Professionalism
Core competencies:
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills;
  • Ability to follow up immediately and facilitates solutions to challenges and attention to details;
  • Ability to focus on a variety of tasks within deadlines and to work under time pressure;
  • Strong work ethics and commitment;
  • Team player, organized and resourceful;
  • Ability to work as part of a team in an international and multicultural environment.
Required Skills and Experience

Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements at the time of application:

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  • Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.
  • Graduated or currently in final semester of TVET curricula i) Archivists and Office Assistants; ii) E-service Staff; and iii) Support Service Worker piloted by the project at Rehabilitation Center in Ulaanbaatar is preferred
Field of study: International development, Communications, Social Science, Finance, Employment, or other relevant fields
Experience: Applicants are not required to have professional work experience but experience working in interpretation and translation areas are highly desired.
Other: Extracurricular activities that are demonstrative of their interests in international development (i.e., gender equality, human rights, etc.) and/or their skills in interpretation and translation is an asset. 
Language requirements:
  • Excellent command of English and Mongolian, both oral and written;
  • Outstanding interpreting, reading, writing, translating skills;
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical matters in the working languages is desired. 

Internship Conditions:

  • This internship assignment can also be completed as part of national service obligations or a postgraduate professional traineeship program.
  • UNDP will provide a stipend in the monthly amount of USD 223.07 (in-person rate) in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy. Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity.
  • Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Selected Interns must be able to share proof of education enrolment and/ or graduation, medical/ health and life/accident insurance, valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out and be able to provide insurance documentary proof at the time of their selection;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • 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 and guarantee of employment at the end of an internship.
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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.
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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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