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Organization: UN Development Programme


Website and contact information:

United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel: +1 (212) 906-5000
Fax: +1 (212) 906-5364
Staff directory assistance, Tel: +1 (212) 963-1234


Location of headquarters:

New York, NY


Year founded:


Mandate and/or mission statement:

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

Democratic Governance

Poverty Reduction

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Energy and Environment


UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.

The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report's analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.


Relevant programs and projects:

Democratic Governance

Poverty Reduction

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Energy and Environment


Women’s Empowerment


Current head/director (and nationality):

Kemal Derviş, UNDP Administrator, Turkish


Number of Member States and/or Observer States:

192 Member States


Operating budget:

$ 921 million (2005 gross regular resource income)


Number and location of missions or field offices (if applicable):

135 UNDP offices; 166 countries where UNDP works:


Number of employees:



Grades descriptions: (e.g. P-2, L-5, etc.)

See Job Classification Standards in the United Nations


Where does this organization advertise when there are job openings?

UN Human Resources Galaxy e-Staffing System

Junior Professional Officer Programme


What is the job application process?

1. Online application process through UNDP Jobs, including uploading a CV


2. Online application process through Junior Professional Officer Programme


Does this organization take volunteers? 

Yes, through UN Volunteers


What are the expectations, minimum requirements and application procedures for volunteers in this organization?

Online volunteers

Application process: Join the Online Volunteer Service

Basic requirements for Online volunteers: The UNV OV service is open to all people worldwide that are beyond the age of legal majority according to the law in their respective countries. In principle, everyone who is motivated, has the required profile for an online volunteering assignment, and has a regular access to the Internet can apply.

UN Volunteers

Online application for professionals and humanitarian aid specialists

Basic requirements for UN Volunteers:

          A university degree or higher technical diplomas;

          Several years of relevant working experience;

          At least age 25 (no maximum age limit);

          Good working knowledge in at least one of the three working UN languages: English, French and Spanish;

          Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism;

          Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;

          Ability to adjust in difficult living conditions;

          Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;

          Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country is an asset.


Does this organization take interns? 



What are the expectations, minimum requirements and application procedures for interns in this organization? 

Minimum qualifications include:

          Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as economics, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.

          Demonstrated interest in the field of development

          Language skills: written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is an asset.

          An interest in global mobility; adaptability to varied physical and other environments; a desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.

          Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.

Application process for internships: Applicants interested in an internship should forward their application directly to the relevant country office or unit.  Download the UNDP application form for internships (MS Word | PDF).


What are the basic requirements for prospective applicants? 

Varies with specific positions. 

JPO programme has specific requirements for nationality






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