INTERNSHIP - POLICY MONITORING Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Application Deadline : 16-Oct-12 Type of Contract : Internship Post Level : Intern Languages Required : English Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 25-Oct-2012 Duration of Initial Contract : 2 months (2 days a week) Expected Duration of Assignment : 2 months Refer a Friend Apply Now Background The primary goal of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to position the organization as a global leader in the field of crisis prevention and recovery. This entails leading UNDP to undertake cutting-edge evidence-based CPR policy research; formulate and ensure the implementation of CPR policies, strategies and programs; undertake systematic knowledge management; and position UNDP in global CPR coalitions and debates. The Policy and Planning Division (PPD) guides BCPR to achieve the policy, partnership, and knowledge management components of the mandate. As part of efforts to strengthen UNDP’s engagement and leadership in CPR policy formulation and implementation, the Policy Team of PPD is establishing a Crisis Prevention and Recovery (CPR) Policy Watch, as a platform for enhanced interaction between CPR policy and practice in UNDP. The CPR Policy Watch will serve as a dynamic repository of and forum for dialogue on policy processes and outcomes, the number of programmes derived from the policies and their impact, and lessons learnt in their implementation, to inform further global, UN and UNDP policy processes. The CPR Policy Watch will: track and account for global, UN, and UNDP CPR policies and policy formulation processes; track and account for programmes derived from UNDP, UN, and global CPR policies at the country level through BCPR technical teams; and strengthen UNDP CPR policy advocacy and positioning through systematized policy-practice dialogue process. BCPR is looking for a part-time intern to support the Policy Team Leader in the design and launch of the CPR Policy Watch. Duties and Responsibilities The Intern will support the Policy Team Leader in delivering three interdependent outputs: map of policy instruments on which all BCPR practice areas are anchored; a maiden CPR policy-practice dialogue and quarterly bulletin (CPR Policy Watch); and an interactive CPR Policy web-based platform. Specifically, the Intern will undertake the following tasks: Assist in the administration of the mapping questionnaire to all BCPR practice leaders; Compile and undertake the first analysis of the findings; Liaise with selected BCPR practice areas and a selected external think tank to organize the maiden edition of the Policy-Practice Dialogue; Assist in the drafting of the first bulletin; Assist in the design of a web platform in consultation with BCPR IT and KM teams; Conduct internet research and compile the list of active crisis prevention and recovery web based policy sites and explore how to establish hyperlinks between them and the UNDP CPR Policy site;and Other related tasks as requested by supervisor. Competencies Strong organizational and research skills; Excellent interpersonal skills; Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment; Excellent analytical, communication, and drafting skills; Respect for Diversity & understanding of the United Nations system, operations and structures, particularly those related to gender equality and women’s empowerment; Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty; and Commitment to UNDP’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. Required Skills and Experience Education: Currently a graduate student enrolled in one of the following, or related, fields: development studies, political science, sociology, or law. Experience: Familiarization with applied and internet based policy research methodology; Familiarization with the working of the international development and humanitarian community; Knowledge management experience, supporting the collection and dissemination of lessons learned and best practices; and Strategic thinking and ability to catalyze colleagues to adopt new ways of “doing business”. Language: Fluency in English and working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage. Click here for important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders). UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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