STÁŽ: UNDP – ART initiative

UNDP – United Nations Development Programme Representation Office in Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

Terms of Reference for Internship

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Brussels, Belgium has a position for a qualified intern for a period of maximum six months, starting January 18, 2016.


UNDP partners with national governments and 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. Active in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers a global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP helps countries to build and share development solutions in the following three main areas:

  1. Sustainable Development;
  2. Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding;
  3. Climate and Disaster Resilience.

In all its work, UNDP works to ensure the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

Launched in 2005 and currently active in more than 20 countries, the UNDP ART Global Initiative (Articulation of Territorial Networks for Sustainable Human Development) is an entry point for all international cooperation actors interested in harmonizing their respective actions in support of national policies for sustainable and local human development. To this end, this UNDP-championed global initiative promotes a programmatic, operational and administrative framework for coordination and institution building. ART’s objective is to enhance the capacities of national and local institutions and actors working in a complementary way at the local level, thereby achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and attaining inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.

ART offers an operational, administrative, and programming framework that facilitates the coordination and strengthened linkages (articulation) between different cooperation stakeholders in support of the countries’ human development processes. Such platforms, the ART Framework Programmes, seek to achieve local programme ownership, coherent local and national actions and the collaboration between partners.

ART’s programming framework offers a platform to COs and local stakeholders for i) defining common goals between decentralized cooperation partners and local stakeholders towards the achievement of the SDGs; ii) linking local level development initiatives with national policies and national development plans; and iii) promoting development innovations, capacity development, best practices and knowledge sharing through horizontal partnerships: south-south, south-north, north-south.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the ART Initiative Management and team, the intern shall perform the following tasks:

  • Assist in cataloguing information of ART Framework Country Programmes and the ART Global Coordination; 
  • Draft documents and participate in the elaboration of the ART Initiative and Framework Programmes’ internal briefing notes; 
  • Provide support in gathering and disseminating relevant documentation for ART Framework Country Programmes and partners (translation, proof-reading, editing); 
  • Assist in the ART Initiative and events’ related communication, updating relevant information on the internal tools of communication, as well as websites and other corporate tools of external communication (website, social media);
  • Assist in the organization of relevant events, and bilateral and multilateral meets with development partners;
  • Draft related letters, correspondence and other documents; 
  • Assist in updating the list of partners and networks collaborating with the initiative;
  • Participate regularly in debriefings, staff meetings and others.

For all the above, the intern should make sure that all activities and relevant communication adhere to UNDP’s corporative quality standards and comply with the quality assurance processes.


  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN/UNDP;
  • Computer proficiency in standard software applications (MS Office, Excel, Word, Powerpoint); 
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modelling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards; 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Eligibility and skills


Enrolled in a Master’s Degree programme in international relations, human rights, development studies or related field. Candidates that have graduated are not eligible for internship.


  • Fluency in English;
  • Working knowledge of one other UN official language (preferably French or Spanish).

How to Apply

Interns’ Expenses/Arrangements:

Please note that interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern’s participation in the programme must be borne by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.

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.

Application Process:

Qualified candidates are requested to send their applications to:, and

The application must contain the following materials (NB: incomplete applications will not be considered):

  • Motivation letter specifying reasons why candidate is seeking the internship and what is expected from the experience;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment and specifying expected graduation date; 
  • Completed UNDP Application Form for Internships (MS Word/PDF):

Only those candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted for interview.

Before being offered a Letter of Acceptance for Internship, the selected candidate will have to provide the following additional documents:

  • A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician. If the intern is expected to travel outside the country of their residence, other than to Europe and North America, the physician must indicate whether s/he is for to travel and has the required inoculations for the country to which they are to travel;
  • Proof of both Medical and Life Insurance cover valid for the duration of the internship programme.

Please click the following link for more information about UNDP’s internship programme: