Intern at UNDP Lesotho

UNDP Lesotho’s support to the Government and people of Lesotho is governed by the Country Programme Document 2013-2017/18 and the Lesotho United Nations Development Assistance Plan (2013-2017/18), which is based on the priority needs of the country expressed in the National Strategic Development Plan 2012/13-2016/17. We are committed to building on and sharing experiences with our wide range of partners, to maximize the impact of development initiatives of the Government of Lesotho and other partners. Our work in Lesotho is in three focus areas with emphasis on the cross cutting issues of gender, youth, and HIV/AIDS:
Acceleration of Economic Growth – The aim is to support the economy to be more resilient to external shocks and volatility through generation of inclusive employment. UNDP aims to facilitate private sector development and engagement with focus on growing medium-sized, small and micro enterprises based on access to technical and vocational skills as well as targeted financial products from micro finance institutions.
Sound Environmental Management for Sustainable Development  – UNDP assistance emphasizes three inter-locking issues that will enable adaptation to climate change and increase resilience – a low-carbon economy, conservation of natural resources to secure livelihoods and production, and better management of risks related to natural disasters.
Good Governance and Accountable Institutions – The aim is to boost institutional leadership, performance and accountability, citizen participation and mechanisms for maintaining social peace, targeting core democratic institutions such as the Independent Electoral Commission, Officer of the Ombudsman, Parliament, Human Rights Unit and Ministries critical to policy and institutional reform.
The Government of Lesotho launched a Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development with support from EU and UNDP in February 2016, to complete in June 2019. This project is aimed at assisting the Government in the collection, analysis and dissemination of development data and building institutional and technical capacities for monitoring and evaluation of development programs and effective pubic management systems. The data project is being implemented by the Ministry of Development Planning, through the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Bureau of Statistics (BOS). The project has three inter-linked components, namely, i) definition of systematic tools for measuring development programs;
promotion of literacy and innovation for data collection, dissemination and use; and iii) strengthening national leadership, institutional and technical capacities for effective coordination and sectoral engagement.
Expected outputs from the project include the following:
National statistics are produced through an effective ecosystem
Increased use and quality of data in policy
Legal and policy framework reviewed and strengthened for effective coordination
UNDP is looking for an intern to strengthen project management and effective implementation of project activities in the remaining period. The Intern will provide additional administrative and technical support to the project technical team and management, to fill some of the existing human resources gaps in the project.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support preparation basic documentation and compilation of necessary information and analysis for implementation of project activities
  • Support project coordination and reporting mechanisms on delivery of key project milestones
  • Support research and development of basic capacities for data collation, analysis and management
  • Support finalisation of the national SDG Baseline Report,
  • Support development of innovative mechanism for tracking identified indicators in the Bureau of Statistics and M&E to feed into the preparation of the Voluntary National Review (VNR)
  • Support the Project Assistant in preparation of project activities; workshops and meetings
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.
  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
Required Skills and Experience
Field of study: Management Information Systems,Statistics or a related field.
  • Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
  • currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree; or
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
  • have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s  or master’s degree or equivalent studies.
  • UNDP internships are not remunerated. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.

Closing date: 16 October 2018

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