Sustainable Energy Research Internship

United Nations Development Programme




UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS staff provide technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represent UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private, government and civil society dialogues, and engage in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.

UNDP’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan highlighting our continued commitment to eradicating poverty, accompanying countries in their pathways towards the SDGs and working towards the Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP’s Nature, Climate Change, Energy, and Waste (NCE&W) Hubs promote and scale up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Summary of key functions:

  • Research and analysis for strategic documents and materials for the UNDP energy narratives
  • Support the team with the Country Office requests
  • Research and analysis for strategic documents and materials for the UNDP energy narratives

The Intern will support to the SEH team in research and analytical activities that include:

  • Assist the SEH team on research activities related to the UNDP energy key thematic areas, e.g., energy access, energy transition and energy resilience in fragile context, to identify trends and patterns, including literature review, gathering data, drafting reports and other documents.
  • Analyze and synthesize data, research findings, and policy documents related to sustainable energy, renewable energy, energy access, and energy transition.
  • Conduct literature reviews and provide policy briefs on key topics, e.g., mini-grid development, productive use of energy, clean cooking, transition issues (e.g., decarbonization strategies, data and digital in energy, innovation, carbon markets/energy pricing approaches, just transitions etc.)
  • Identify and conduct suitable research and analytical work to prepare regular reports and updates on energy for sustainable development and the integrated agenda on SDG7 and other SDG7, e.g, social protection, gender equality, governance, climate, etc.
  • Provide hands-on support to analyze and visualize various types of data and prepare reports to communicate the findings of the Sustainable Energy Hub.

Support the team with the Country Office requests on energy:

  • The Intern will support the management and tracking of UNDP’s energy portfolio, including the tracking of Country Office requests for support from the Sustainable Energy Hub.
  • Support the Country Office request providing ad-hoc literature review, briefing note and policy research.  
  • Contribute to publications and research papers under the supervision of the SEH Director
  • Work with Country Offices to ensure they receive the right support from the SEH team.
  • Support the Hub’s team in developing partnerships with national and local stakeholders to promote energy access, just energy transition, and energy resilience.

Required Skills and Experience:


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in fields such as Energy, Data Management, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related disciplines;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in fields such as Energy, Data Management, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related disciplines;
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above), and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Relevant work/voluntary/internship experience in research activities related to climate change or sustainable energy, multi-stakeholder initiatives at the domestic and/or international level;
  • Knowledge of/familiarity with research activities needed to design and/or implementation of development projects to promote energy investment.  Hands-on experience preferred;
  • Experience working with a wide set of energy stakeholders, such as the private and financial sector, government, and civil society is an advantage;
  • Field experience in energy-related projects in developing countries contexts is desirable;
  • Knowledge of, and/or prior experience within, the UN system is considered an advantage.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language are required;
  • Knowledge of French is considered an asset





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