Internship - Private Sector

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, Istanbul, Turkey

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th December, 2018

Job Description


What we do?

UNDP Turkey works for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Inclusive and Democratic Governance and Climate Change and Environment. For more than 50 years the UNDP has worked in close partnership with the Turkish Government and numerous national and international institutions, including NGOs, academics and the business community.

UNDP supports Turkey's ambitious reform agenda where EU accession figures prominently.

UNDP Turkey aims to find practical solutions to Turkey's development challenges and manages projects together with the Turkish Government and other partners to address them. Since 1986 it has implemented over 80 programs across the country. In addition, the UNDP has played a major role in response to crises and disasters in Turkey and the surrounding region.

UNDP’s work with the Private Sector

UNDP Turkey has been successful in establishing over 50 partnerships with the private sector through building on UNDP’s comparative advantage in building local capacities for enhanced social inclusion of vulnerable groups among disabled, youth and women and less developed communities and tackle environmental challenges. The examples of partnerships make UNDP Turkey as the leading agency in development partnerships and CSR with extensive experience over the past two decades.

UNDP’s partnerships with private sector support an inclusive economy. Inclusive business models create win-win situation for all stakeholders. The partnerships between UNDP and businesses create both social and business impact, which cultivate a healthier growing economy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Work

Under the overall guidance/direct supervision of the Strategic Partnerships and Private Sector Programme Manager of UNDP Turkey Country Office, the intern provides support to the private sector agenda of UNDP ensuring high quality of work, accurate, timely and properly performed/documented delivery of planned activities. The Intern promotes a client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the CO.

The Intern shall work in close collaboration with TUSIAD and TURKONFED in Istanbul.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Intern

The Private Sector Intern shall assist in the following tasks:

  • Implementation of the private sector operations of UNDP Turkey in accordance with the UNDP rules and procedures
  • Support to TUSIAD and TURKONFED in joint initiatives of UNDP, namely for Business for Goals, Connecting Business initaitive and others as required
  • Provide general support in the coordination of the organisations with regards to the Business for Goals Platform.
  • Provide support with note-taking in meetings and reporting back to the team
  • Coordination and assistance to management of events and organisations related to the Business for Goals Platform
  • Engage in research for the Platform
  • Provide assistance with communication activities
  • Provide support for the communication with stakeholders
  • Maintenance of files and records relevant to the Platform
  • Conduct research on best practices and potential solutions to identified issues
  • Conduct of market research
  • Filing & documentation
  • Any other duties assigned in the context of UNDP, TUSIAD and TURKONFED joint initiatives.



  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Strong organizational, time management, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Keeping highest level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Intern shall be available for flexible working hours.
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
  • IT skills and experience in the usage of computers and office software packages
  • (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Excellent research skills combined with a proven analytical aptitude
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member
  • Excellent inter-personal and communications skills.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Application of the UNDP Internship Program MUST, at the time of application, fulfil the following requirement(s):


Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Business Administration, International Relations, Engineering, Law or
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent) in Business Administration, International Relations, Engineering, Law; or
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Experience: No experience required.

Evaluation Process

  • The applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements in section 6.1 above shall be shortlisted and invited for an interview. The candidate who secures the highest score in interview shall be considered for Procurement Intern Assignment.

Availability & Duration

  • Available full-time for a minimum period of 3 months with 2 weeks probationary period. The assignment is extendable for another 3 months based on Intern’s performance.
  • Private Sector Intern is expected to work full time: Monday – Friday.

Language: Good knowledge of English and Turkish.


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