Internship: Policy and Programme Support in the Middle Income Country Hub, Johannesburg, South Africa

Internship: Policy and Programme Support in the Middle Income Country Hub, Johannesburg, South Africa


The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is an international development agency that works towards achieving reproductive health, gender equality, and population goals. With a mission to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled, UNFPA operates in more than 150 countries, partnering with governments, civil society organizations, and communities to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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The Position: 

The intern will assist the staff of the Middle Income Country Hub (MIC-Hub) at ESARO with policy research and development as well as program advising services, all under the direct supervision of the MIC-Hub Head. The assistance will be provided to Country Offices located in a limited number of Southern African middle-income nations, including Botswana, Eswatini, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, and South Africa.

A mutually agreed upon work plan will be created, detailing goals and educational opportunities for the period of the internship. The Intern will work in a supportive environment with regular progress meetings, which will help them develop their skills and abilities in areas that are in line with UNFPA’s mission.

Key Responsibilities

  • Providing support to monitor trends and new developments in the political, social and economic environments relevant to sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and population and development in a selection of middle income countries; 
  • Contributing  to the preparation  of policy  briefs, reports  and other  relevant research output in line with the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action; 
  • Assisting in the development, implementation, and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes focused on sustainable financing to strengthen national development planning frameworks; 
  • Supporting the organization of the MIC-Hub initiated trainings, consultations, and pertinent meetings and conferences as per MIC-Hub’s annual work plan; and
  • Assisting in any other task as required by the MIC-Hub, ESARO  


Applicants to UNFPA’s internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the  following requirements:

  • A) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in a recognised university; 
  • B) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as  bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a recognised university; 
  • C) Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (A) and (B) above) from a  recognised university and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
  • D) Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme in a recognised university and undertake the internship as part of this programme. 

Other Eligibility Requirements 

  • E) Demonstrate interest in the field of development; 
  • F) Demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in English; 
  • G)Demonstrate ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a UNFPA staff member is not eligible for an internship with UNFPA.

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Financial Aspects: 

Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UNFPA. The costs associated  with an intern’s participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating  institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students  themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for  accommodation, travel and other requirements.

However, the Intern will receive a stipend to help cover basic  daily expenses related to the internship, if not financially supported by any institution or  programme, such as a university, government, foundation, or scholarship programme. The amount  of the stipend varies according to the duty station. In addition, applicants must have medical  insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the  internship begins. UNFPA does not provide medical insurance for interns. 

Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an  interview.

How To Apply

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