Title:  National Intern

​​Requisition ID: 2178 
Grade: Intern
Category: Internship
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Country: Cambodia
Duty Station: Phnom-Penh  
Entry Date: As soon as possible
Internship Duration: 3-6 months
Application Deadline: 17-Jul-2024, 11:59 PM (CEST)


Vacancy Announcement


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO), headed by a Managing Director, is responsible for UNIDO's relations with Member States and all external partners, including through the Policymaking Organs. It plays a central role for interaction and collaboration with traditional and non-traditional donors; oversees the regional bureaus as well as the network of established field offices, liaison offices and Investment and Technology Promotion Offices; and supports the implementation of particularly complex projects, programmes and special assignments, thus also fulfilling an important role in safeguarding their quality and the reputation of the Organization.


The Division of Regional Bureaus and Field Offices (GLO/RFO) coordinates the field representation and interventions of UNIDO in Member States and regions. Within this context, the Division is responsible for determining programmatic priorities for UNIDO's services and ensuring that UNIDO responds to the specific needs and requirements of Member States and development partners at the country and regional levels. It facilitates, upon guidance of GLO/FLS, the development of regional strategies, country programmes (including Programmes for Country Partnership, PCPs) and monitors their implementation. The Division encompasses all the UNIDO field offices and the five Regional Bureaus: Africa (GLO/RFO/AFR), also hosting the IDDA III Secretariat; Arab Region (GLO/RFO/ARB); Asia and the Pacific (GLO/RFO/ASP); Europe and Central Asia (GLO/RFO/EUR); and Latin American and the Caribbean (GLO/RFO/LAC).


This internship position is located in the UNIDO Field Office in Cambodia.


Division of Field and Liaison Strategy (GLO/FLS)


Under the supervision of the Managing Director of the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO), the Division of Field and Liaison Strategy (GLO/FLS) provides strategic guidance on the set-up, operation and performance of the field structure and UNIDO's liaison offices with a view to further optimizing UNIDO's field operations, outreach to development partners and Member States, global networks and overall coherence of its service delivery in the context of the UNDS and related reform efforts. The Division also supports the work of GLO/RFO in developing regional strategies and country programmes (including Programmes for Country Partnerships - PCPs), ensuring alignment with key strategic documents of the Organization and the priorities of the Director General, as well as related results-oriented implementation plans.


UNIDO and the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has jointly developed a Programme for Country Partnership (PCP). The PCP is an innovative model for accelerating Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID), designed as a framework at the country level to bring together actors in a multi-stakeholder platform, to coordinate and optimize their contribution for implementing the country’s strategy. The PCP synchronizes and blends cooperation with various development partners through loan and grant support, as well as local, foreign public and private investment.


Under the PCP, there are two key intervention areas: 1) Agro Value Chain Development, including linkages to the tourism sector and 2) Industrial Diversification, Innovation and SEZ Development. These two intervention areas will be supported through five crosscutting dimensions, namely industrial policy and statistics, quality infrastructure, sustainable energy, circular economy, and women empowerment and youth employment.


The PCP through its interventions will support Cambodia’s IDP implementation and foster ISID. The PCP is based on the RGC’s vision to transform and modernize Cambodia’s industrial structure from a labour intensive to a skill-driven industry by 2025, and its objective to achieve sustainable high economic growth through economic diversification, strengthening of competitiveness and promoting productivity. The overall impact of the PCP in supporting the implementation of the IDP will be measured in terms such as of jobs created and/or better qualified workforce, increased income to workers in the respective sectors, reduction of imports(mainly agricultural products consumed in the tourism sector), increased exports, increased local value addition and increased private investment.


The duration of an internship at UNIDO is between three to six months, is UNPAID and full-time. The Intern shall work under the direct supervision of the UNIDO Country Representative (UCR) and UNIDO team. Interns shall cover all costs associated with their internship, including visas, travel to and from the duty station, insurance, transportation, accommodation and living expenses.




The Intern shall work under the direct supervision of an officer designated by the UNIDO Country Representative of the Country Office Cambodia.


Building on the successful outcomes and the results of the Self Final Evaluation of the PCP Cambodia 2020-2023 in enhancing the development of agro-value chain and industrial diversification and its cross-cutting thematic areas, the development of PCP Cambodia Phase 2 will concentrate on other broader areas such as the development of SME clusters, the augmentation of value addition to the local products, the promotion of clean energy for industry, the establishment of sustainable supply chains, the creation of industrial parks, and the support of the effective industrial policies. The UNIDO Country Office in Cambodia will be working on the formulation of the PCP Cambodia Phase 2 for 2025-2028. Therefore, the Intern will be anticipated to support the process and perform the following tasks:


  1. Exposed to the regular core functions of the UNIDO Cambodia Office and as such shall have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day operations and engage in on-the-job training in specific actions delegated by the Supervisor.
  2. Engaged in a specific self-contained assignment described below:
  • Review the PCP Cambodia 2020-2023 self-final evaluation results.
  • Undertake a desk review to collect secondary data on background information and analysis of Cambodia’s development priorities, linking to the new concentrated areas of PCP and UNIDO’s functions.
  • Participate in the consultation meetings and thematic working groups and make minutes.
  • Assist in consolidating the collected inputs and insights from the consultation meetings and TWGs to draft the PCP.
  • Update donor profile.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the UCR.


  1. Other Special emerging Projects that may enhance the learning experience of the Intern.


The Intern will be required to prepare an end-of-internship report, which will be submitted to and cleared by UNIDO Internship Coordination.




Age: Minimum 20 years on the first day of the internship.

Education: Enrolled in a university degree programme; or begin the internship within one year of completing a university degree in the field of development, social science, economics, business administration or other related disciplines.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in Khmer is highly desirable.

Other skills: Experience in working with government and private sector is an advantage; good research and report writing; computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Internet/email.




Core Values

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.


Key competencies

WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: to stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.




Become acquainted with the most up-to-date technical, economic and industrial developments in the relevant field of UNIDO Cambodia Office. Furthermore, he/she is expected to deepen his/her knowledge in the fields of new product/services and process design.

Gain experience in project design/management.

On the job training: participation in every phase of the working process.

Gain experience in working effectively in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.

UNIDO Interns are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity at all times, both at work and outside. Only candidates who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for internships at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted through the UNIDO Online Recruitment System.
Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process.
Visit the UNIDO employment website for details on how to apply: www.careers.unido.org

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