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UNDP Internship Opportunities: Programme Specialist Positions in Local Governance and Peacebuilding in (Bahir Dar, Mekelle, and Semera)

UNDP Internship Opportunities: Programme Specialist Positions in Local Governance and Peacebuilding

Country: Ethiopia
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UNDP Internship Opportunities: Programme Specialist Positions in Local Governance and Peacebuilding in (Bahir Dar, Mekelle, and Semera)

In view of this, UNDP would like to recruit a competent Local Governance Programme Specialist Positions who would join the Peace Support Office team effectively delivering the on the Peace Support Programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Facilitate implementation of UNDP corporate and UNDP Ethiopia’s strategies in alignment with the current CPD, the results framework of UNDP Peace Support Programme’s Local Governance, Peacebuilding, Social cohesion, reconciliation, and Human Rights in the areas assigned.
  2. Provision of technical advice and services internally within the UNDP Peace Support programme team, Governance and Peacebuilding Unit, and externally to regional government and non-governmental counterparts on implementation of the Local Governance, Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion activities in alignment with the PS/F project objectives
  3. Regular monitoring and evaluation of Peace Support activities as per the project M&E framework and plan, analysis of programme data for promotion of data use for decision making.
  4. Establish and strengthen the provision of support for strategic partnerships with stakeholders, regional/ national actors, and development partners, and support and resource mobilization efforts of the Country Office
  5. Facilitation of knowledge building, management, communication, and outreach. 

Institutional Arrangement of UNDP Programme Specialist Positions

The Local Governance and Peacebuilding Specialist, reporting to the Deputy Head of Peace Support, oversees the Peace Support Programme, ensuring its effective management and providing technical and operational support for activities under Window I. They facilitate coordination between UNDP and implementing partners, particularly in rule of law, justice, human rights, peace, and security sectors. Additionally, the Specialist conducts analytical assessments to inform program design and provides policy and technical advice to regional governments and UNDP.

The Programme Specialist is expected to work independently, with minimal supervision but in close collaboration with the programme colleagues within the Country Office, and to actively engage with government partners and other actors.

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Eligibility Requirements of UNDP Programme Specialist Positions


  • Bachelor’s degree in Regional/Area Development, Local Governance, Community Development, Development Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, or related disciplines.


  • Minimum 5 years (with master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at national or international level in project management and provision of technical advisory services.
  • Experience in the usage of advanced computers and office software packages, including Microsoft applications (word, excel, PowerPoint) and common internet applications and handling of web-based systems.

Required skills:

  • Capacity to communicate fluently with different stakeholders (civil society, government authorities, local communities, private sector, project staffs,)
  • Practical experience in organization management, strategic planning of associations and public organizations at the national and regional level.
  • Hands-on experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation and impact analysis of local governance projects and programmes.
  • Demonstrated working level experience in governance institutions, public policy analysis and capacity development.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Ethiopia, including local governance, political, economic, and social context.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:

  • Experience and track record of engagement with and coordinating activities and initiatives that involve senior levels of government, the United Nations, and donors.
  • Capacity for responsible problem-solving and troubleshooting.
  • Experience in the field of post-conflict coordination and proven analytical capacity, especially for issues relating to local governance.
  • Familiarity with programmatic issues related to local governance, peacebuilding needs, conflict assessment, stabilization, social cohesion, and relief to recovery transition processes.
  • Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, and guidelines related to peacebuilding, reconstruction, and development, and a good knowledge of the United Nations System and the multi/bilateral cooperation.

Required Language(s) 

  • Fluency in English and local language of the duty station is required.

Application Instruction

  • A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position and also mention prefer duty station from Bahir Dar (Amhara), Semra (Afar), and Mekelle (Tigray) under subject line.


Type of Opportunity Internships
Deadline28 February,2024



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