Internship - Health Procurement and Supply Management, Procurement Services Unit at UNDP – University of Copenhagen

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08 August 2017

Internship - Health Procurement and Supply Management, Procurement Services Unit at UNDP

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Type of Contact: Internship
Post Level: Intern
Languages Required:  English
Starting Date: 1 September 2017
Duration of Initial Contract: 3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment: Possibility of extension further 3 months subject to positive performance and requriment
Deadline: 21 August 2017


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life, as envisaged by 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners that can bring about results.

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan and help countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. BPPS supports UNDP’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, focusing on 7 outcomes including strengthening institutions to progressively deliver universal access to basic services (outcome 3). The HIV, Health and Development Group (HHD), within BPPS, is helping to contribute towards this outcome.

UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development, as described in the HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots, leverages UNDP’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development. 

First, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve and sustain the Sustainable Development Goals.  Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of the law and legal environments in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics. Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multi-sectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. The UNDP/Global Fund partnership is an important part of this work, facilitating access to resources for action on SDG 3 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and managing such funding.  UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as temporary Principal Recipient (PR) in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity to be able to assume the Principal Recipient role over time.

Given the importance of the partnership with the GF, UNDP continues to provide high value-added services to Global Fund both in its role as the interim PR, and, increasingly as a significant technical partner to governments and civil society organizations who implement Global Fund grants and other health initiatives. These services are predominately, in the area of health procurement and supply management, combined with capacity development support.

The national and international health landscapes are rapidly changing: new health initiatives are emerging and bring to light pressing challenges connected with health systems strengthening including, health procurement and supply management that require a new modus operandi to optimize UNDP’s investments into global health. These opportunities go beyond UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund.  In addition, there is a need for UNDP to continue to expand opportunities for partnerships with key stakeholders on health procurement including GAVI, World Bank and UNITAID. UNDP has a broad range of partnerships including technical partners (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, Stop TB) and emergency and humanitarian partners (e.g., UNHCR, IRC, OCHA).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Procurement Specialist of PSM GF-HIST and under the overall guidance of Administrative Associate, Procurement Analyst and Technical Officer, the intern will assist the team with the following areas:

  • Support the team with the consolidation and review of health procurement statistics and data analysis for UNDP GF-HIST activities to identify patterns, evolution of prices and major procured health commodities and products;
  • Support the team with the collection and review of data provided by UNDP Country Offices and other units in the framework of the 2017-2018 global health procurement planning exercise;
  • Support the team with the administration of bid management procedures for procurement cases submitted though international tenders;
  • Support the team with the maintenance of the global knowledge sharing platform and future development of systematic tools;
  • Other GF-HIST programme and procurement support may be required

Required Skills and Experience

Education:Applicants must at the time of the application be enrolled in the areas of global health, business, supply chain management, social sciences or related areas and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent)
  • 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.


  • Any relevant experience in global health, business and/or data analytics is an asset


  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of other UN working languages is an advantage

The application should contain:

  • Motivation letter stating your interest for the internship, qualifications and availability;
  • Current and complete CV in English

A written test may be conducted as part of the interview process. Candidates selected for interview must submit Official letter from the University confirming enrolment in a degree programme; (or certificate of Bachelor/Master etc.) during the interview.

Note: When short listing for this position, priority will be given to those candidates with resident permit in Denmark that are resided within Copenhagen Region.

To apply

Please send a CV and motivation letter to by 21st of August 2017 16:00 CET time