Intern - Associate to the ALMP 2 with focus on admin and finance support
Location : Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo, UNSCR 1244 (1999)
Application Deadline : 04-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category : Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : 19-Apr-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : Six  months
Expected Duration of Assignment : Six  months
UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.
UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:
- Sustainable development
- Democratic governance and peacebuilding
- Climate and disaster resilience
In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.
The high unemployment rate is arguably Kosovo's paramount socio-economic problem with both immediate and long-term consequences. This rate is about twice higher than in the other countries in the region. According to the latest Labour Force Survey results published in 2015, the unemployment rate fell slightly from 30.9% to 30.0% between 2012 and 2013 but there has been an increase in 2014 to 35.3%. The LFS results indicated that youth unemployment grew again in 2014, increasing from 55.9% to 61.0%. There was also an increase in the long-term unemployment rate with the percentage of the unemployed who had been unemployed for more than 12 months increasing from 68.9% in 2013 to 73.8% in 2014.Unemployment in Kosovo has several key distinctive dimensions: it principally affects youth, women, as well as those with limited education and no previous work experience, including people with disabilities and non-majority communities.
Active Labour Market Programmes 1 has supported the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare develops different types of active labour market policies (almps) like on the job training, wage subsidies, internship. During the second phase of the project, UNDP is supporting the MLSW pioneer the self-employment measure, aiming to create opportunities for young jobseekers to lay the foundations of new enterprises building upon their skills. To date there have been a few initiatives focusing mainly on equipping young people with entrepreneurship skills. ALMP 2 is aiming to establish a comprehensive model, as part of the active labour market programmes of the ministry, which will offer opportunities to young unemployed jobseekers establish their own enterprises. The model builds upon the initiatives that have been taken until recently, and include also other relevant ministries which support development of small and medium enterprises, like Ministry of Trade and Industry, etc. The project will strengthen the capacities of Public Employment Services and Vocational Training Centres at the central and local level to effectively design and deliver; monitor and evaluate entrepreneurship and self-employment programmes, by developing the operational guidelines and build their capacities.
Duties and ResponsibilitiesUnder direct supervision by the Project Manager the intern shall perform the following tasks:
- Support the overall implementation and monitoring of the project activities.
- Prepare and translate necessary documents, prepare meeting agendas, prepare and distribute minutes.
- Assist the project team on vendor and payment registration process.
- Supporting colleagues in administrative assignments and other ad hoc duties
- Support the project team in setting up and update a database of current beneficiaries sponsored by the projects.
- Analyse the key data and prepare reports and follow ups.
- Conduct phone monitoring calls and complete monitoring reports in coordination with project team associates.
- Support the project's team in the reporting activity by identifying and documenting best practices and lessons learned.
- Support the finance associate to finalize the admin and finance activities.
- Perform any other duties within the scope of work assigned by the ALMP Project Manager.
- Very strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to build trust,
- Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position,
- Ability to carry out tasks independently as well in team environment,
- Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments,
- Able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible, mature manner, providing sound judgment.
- Demonstrating/safeguarding UN’s values, ethics and integrity,
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability,
- Actively promotes gender equality in all assignment activities,
- Self-development, initiative-taking,
- Acting as a team player.
Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
- Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
- Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.
Field of study: economics, political sciences, social sciences or equivalent.
- Demonstrated interest and some experience in the field of development.
- Good analytical and drafting skills.
- Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools.
- Proficiency in English and Albanian, both written and verbal is required;
- Knowledge of Serbian is desirable;
- Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
The intern will have the opportunity to:
- Participate in in-house training opportunities as applicable.
- Learn the structure, mechanisms, policies and practice areas of UNDP.
- Strengthen his/her effective writing.
General Internships Terms & Conditions:
- UNDP Internship programme is governed by the UNDP Internship policy framework & rules.
- Under the new revised UNDP internship policy, UNDP Kosovo will provide a modest monthly internship stipend to its interns, in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern.
- Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.
- UNDP accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.
- Costs incurred by interns, including undertaking official travel at the request of UNDP, in the discharge of the activities related to the internship are reimbursed by UNDP on the same basis as costs incurred by staff members or costs reimbursed to staff members, including payment of daily subsistence allowance, as applicable.
- The stipend will include a monthly remuneration.
- Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station, must be paid by the receiving office.
- The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
- Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.
- No other payments of any kind will be made to an intern by the office in connection with an internship agreement.
- Interns will accrue leave at the rate of 1 ½ days per month. Any accrued leave days not used by the end of the internship will be forfeited. Any unjustified absences during the internship period exceeding a total of nine days, will be deducted from the monthly stipend.
- There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents:
- Motivation letter setting out the reasons why he/she is seeking an internship with UNDP;
- a letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date or proof of recent graduation or enrolment.
To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:
- Download and complete the UNDP PERSONAL HISTORY FORM (P11) at this link: http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/operations/jobs/
- Click on the "Apply now" button;
- Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. You can type in, or paste your short Resume into the last box;
- Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. On the next page, you will be asked to upload your Resume. Instead of uploading your Resume, please submit a fully completed and signed UNDP Personal History Form (P-11);
- System will only allow one attachment. All docs (P11, academic qualifications/diploma) should be included as one attachment.