Title:  Intern - South-South and Triangular Cooperation

​​Requisition ID: 1967 
Grade: Intern 
Country: Austria 
Duty Station: Vienna 
Category: Internship
Type of Job Posting: External Private Posting
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Internship Duration: 6 months

Application Deadline: 28-Mar-2023


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 Office of the Director General (ODG/ODG) includes the Office of Chief of Cabinet (ODG/COC), the Office of Strategic Planning and UN Engagement (ODG/SPU), the Office of Change Management (ODG/CHM), the Office of Communication, Speeches and the Innovation Lab (ODG/CSI), the Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (ODG/OSC), and the Office of Legal Affairs and Compliance (ODG/LEG).


This internship position is located under the Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (ODG/OSC), which leads, promotes, coordinates, supports, monitors and reports on UNIDO’s South-South and triangular cooperation. It closely coordinates its work with other organizational entities, especially ODG/SPU, Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO), Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS) and Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET).


The Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation seeking to engage a qualified intern, as soon as possible, for a period of six months.


The duration of an internship at UNIDO is between three to six months, is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member, in the department or office that they are assigned to. 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 Director of the Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation. The Intern shall be engaged as follows:

a) Exposed to the regular core functions of the 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.

b) Engaged in a specific self-contained assignment described below:

  • Assist the team in monitoring and reporting on the Organization’s South-South and Triangular Cooperation engagement and activities including preparation of visibility materials;
  • Research, analyze, and draft reports and briefing notes, and perform other tasks under the mandate of the division as assigned by the supervisor. 

c) Provide assistance to other emerging special 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; or completed a university degree and be sponsored as part of an academic or development programme. 
Field of specialization: International relations, economics, political science, communication studies, public relations or any other relevant field
Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.




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 specialization of the Office. Furthermore, intern is expected to deepen their knowledge in the fields of new product/services and process design.
Gain experience in monitoring, reporting and promotion of project highlights.
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 website for details on how to apply: www.careers.unido.org


Notice to applicants:
UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact: internship@unido.org