UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UNDP in Sri Lanka is reorganizing internally and moving to an integrated collaborative business model. Internally, an energetic and innovative team will converge around the planning, design, implementation and quality assurance of an integrated programme in a fast-paced environment. Fostering strategic partnership and alliances with different stakeholders will require a team which consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and has a strong client orientation. Strong UN partnerships are valued for Delivering Together in a true spirit of collaboration and teamwork.
The Citra Social Innovation Lab, a joint initiative between the Government of Sri Lanka and UNDP, was established in 2018.
As Sri Lanka's first Public Sector Innovation Lab, over the last several years Citra worked to strengthen institutions, build capacities of the public sector, and re-engineer public service delivery through specialized foresight and innovation tools, such as design-thinking, systemic design and human-centered design approaches, among others. The Innovation Lab works in alignment with national development priorities and works towards bringing in greater citizen engagement to the formulation of development solutions.
Under the direct supervision of the Strategic Engagement & Exploration Lead, Citra Lab, the intern will be expected to provide support to the Citra Social Innovation Lab
Duties and ResponsibilitiesProvide support on data and statistics during the entirety of lab interventions – from the unpacking of the issue, to forming solutions, and to testing;Support data mining, processing, cleansing, and verifying the integrity of data used for analysis and assessing the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques;Assist ad-hoc analysis and presenting results in a clear manner using data visualization techniques;Support the Lab's engagement and facilitation activities for external partners;Assist in any and all other tasks as required for the operation of the Lab;
CompetenciesProactive (able to pro-actively undertake tasks that fall under TORs)Critical thinking and data-drivenTeam PlayerExcellent writing skillsA strong willingness to learn and adapt to new priorities.Good ICT skills
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP 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);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor's degree or equivalent);
(c) 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;
(d) Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.