United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Policy Trainee at the United Nations Population Fund

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Who we are

UNFPA is the lead United Nations (UN) agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

The position is based in the Human Resources (HR) Policy Unit in UNFPA’s Division for Human Resources. The HR Policy Unit is responsible for the development, maintenance and efficacy of the UNFPA human resources policy framework.

It ensures that contemporary leading practices that respond to the needs of the organization are incorporated, support the achievement of UNFPA’s strategic business priorities creating awareness and promote consistent application of HR policies throughout the organization. Further, it ensures consistency and harmonization with HR policy initiatives within the wider UN Common System as appropriate. In addition, it is responsible for providing high-quality HR policy advice, guidance and interpretation to management, including at executive levels, and to client-facing HR staff and for overseeing staff relations and corporate level case management.

What you would do

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the HR Specialist, Policy and Case Management, the policy trainee will

1.  Assist in the development of HR policies, incorporating input from stakeholders;

2.  Assist in designing and implementing strategies to facilitate understanding of, and compliance with HR policies;

3.  Providing advice on the application of HR policies; and

4.  Any other duties, as required

Who we are looking for

We are seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need personnel who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Applicants must at the time of application be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme and undertake their assignment as part of this programme.

Further we require

  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
  • Strong analytical, writing and organizational skills.
  • Understanding of legal concepts and ability to apply these to the specific circumstances of the United Nations Population Fund.
  • Initiative, sound judgment and ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Some experience in working with development agencies, including in volunteer capacity, is an asset.

What you would learn

Upon completion of the assignment, the policy trainee will gain the following knowledge assets:

  1. Understand the purpose behind and dynamics of human resources management.
  2. Improve skills in policy development and implementation, specifically in the discipline of human resources management.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member in a multicultural setting. 
  4. Demonstrate increased understanding of UN development assistance and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and of the UNFPA mission and mandate.
  5. Demonstrate UN core competencies, including planning and organizing, accountability, client orientation, and creativity.
  6. Learn UN technical language, working procedures, and coordination mechanisms
  7. Network with UN(FPA) colleagues

Additional Information

The policy trainee would receive an internship contract with UNFPA for the duration of their assignment.

The supervisor has successfully passed both German Judicial State Exams and has experience supervising trainees from the German legal system.

The internship will be conducted remotely.

Internships at UNFPA will be a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks. Exceptionally, internships may be for 36 weeks if they are undertaken as part of a traineeship program.

Policy trainees receive a stipend from the state they work in. Accordingly, policy trainees are not eligible to receive financial assistance from UNFPA under the UNFPA Internship program.