Internship with Accelerator Lab (General Observers Report)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 18 June 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 29 June 2020

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

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 COVID-19 pandemic has hit Malaysia, creating tremendous health and socio-economic impacts. The Government of Malaysia has implemented measures to prevent further virus spread, including a movement control order (MCO), quarantine centres, and a wide range of relief and recovery efforts. 

UNDP in Malaysia provides policy and technical advisory support to the Government of Malaysia. In line with this, UNDP is developing a General Observers Report (GOR) on the COVID-19 response in Malaysia for the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) in the Prime Minister’s Department. The GOR will draw on observations from quarantine centres around Malaysia and other inputs from the COVID-19 response undertaken by UNDP and its partners. 

Given the above, UNDP is recruiting interns to support the project team, through the development and deployment of Accelerator Lab methodologies for the preparation of the General Observers Report in a timely manner. The Accelerator Labs are UNDP’s new way of working in development. The labs work to introduce new services, backed by evidence and practice, and by accelerating the testing and dissemination of solutions within and across countries. Sensemaking, collective intelligence, solutions mapping and experimentation are part of the new offer from UNDP to governments.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:


Duties and responsibilities

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Knowledge support

  • Assist in data collection and management, including identifying unusual or untapped data sources
  • Assist in liaising with data providers and partners
  • Assist in documentation from the preparation of the General Observers Report and Accelerator Lab learnings



Technical support

  • Assist in setting up systems and processes for General Observers Report insights gathering
  • Support in the usage of relevant Accelerator Lab methodologies
  • Assist in communications and publicity



Project and programme support

  • Assist in event management and logistics
  • Assist in volunteer recruitment, management and mobilization
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed


  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and proactive, initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities; 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
  • currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree; or
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
  • have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent studies; or
  • enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.

Field of study: All academic backgrounds welcome, but priority will be given to candidates with interdisciplinary experience, e.g., science and society, social sciences, arts and humanities, policy or equivalent. 

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Familiarity with graphic design, mapping, remote sensing and/or social media tools and platforms is an advantage, and should be highlighted during application.

Language skills:

  • Malay and English required;
  • Other major Malaysian languages, e.g., Chinese and Tamil, is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.


  • UNDP will provide a stipend in the amount of RM637.50 monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full-time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.

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