9 March 2021

Internship with UNFPA Country / Regional Offices in Africa and Asia


Where: UNFPA Country and Regional Offices in Africa and Asia

Duration: 1 September – 31 December 2021

Time: The internship will be full-time with an expected workload of 40 hours per week

Who we are

Please note that the internship is subject to possible COVID-19 restrictions.

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. UNFPA is working to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled. By 2030, we aim to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all by:

  • Ending preventable maternal death

  • Ending unmet need for family planning

Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices

For this purpose, UNFPA supports sexuality education and information; access to contraception, including condoms to protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections; and access to health care during pregnancy and childbirth. UNFPA also works to end harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation and child marriage, and supports developing countries with population data collection and analysis for national development strategies.

UNFPA’s Headquarters are located in New York, and the Fund works in over 155 countries around the world. For more information on UNFPA’s work and mandate, please visit our website at www.unfpa.org.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the UNFPA Country/Regional Representative or other appointed staff, the intern will assist the Country/Regional Office. The position may include the following:

  1. Drafting working documents related to project management, communications etc.

  2. Collecting and analyzing data

  3. Monitoring and evaluating developments

  4. Other tasks in accordance with the agreed work plan

A specific work plan with intended achievements and learning outcomes for the duration of the Internship will be agreed upon between the intern and the Country/Regional Office.


The successful intern should be ready to assist in other related duties as required, including ad hoc tasks.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants within the following fields of study will be preferred:

  • Global Health

  • Demography

  • Economics incl. health economics

  • Political Science

  • Social anthropology incl. community participation

  • Development studies incl. monitoring and evaluation

  • Communication

  • Gender, incl. gender equality and gender-based violence

  • Human Resources Management

  • Procurement, incl. supply chain management

Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in a

    Nordic (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland) University

  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s

    degree or equivalent) in a Nordic University

  3. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (A) and (B) above) from a Nordic

    University and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation

  4. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme in a Nordic University and

    undertake the internship as part of this programme

Furthermore, it is a requirement that the successful applicant

  • Has proven academic progress and experience working with complex issues

  • Is fluent in English. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset. A solid knowledge of

    French for students applying for an internship in francophone countries is required

  • Has the ability to write and work clearly and concisely and with attention to detail

  • Takes initiative, has a sound judgment and ability to work with staff members of different national

and cultural backgrounds

Learning Elements

Upon completion of the internship the Intern should have gained:

  1. Increased understanding of the UN system

  2. Understanding of the UNFPA work and mandate

  3. Understanding of the dynamics of an Inter-Agency Programme

  4. Knowledge of technical language and working procedures

  5. Competences in writing and formulating documents

  6. Networking skills and the ability to work as a team in a multicultural setting

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, they 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.

For more information

Please contact Emmi Kallio, Communications Assistant, UNFPA Nordic Office, by email: kallio@unfpa.org.

When applying

Applicants from University of Copenhagen please send to Bjørg Elvekjær, School of Global Health, belv@sund.ku.dk your CV along with a cover letter of max 1 page indicating your preferred region East and Southern Africa; West and Central Africa and/or Asia and the Pacific you may also include one or two preferred countries within your chosen region. Please also indicate if you wish for your application to be suggested to another country office if your preferred country is not available.

Kindly merge the cover letter and CV into one PDF-file titled firstname.lastname.

We review applications continuously so please send your application as soon as possible, yet no later than 28 March 2021.