GIS Intern Position at UNDP

GIS Intern Position at UNDP

Preferred fields of study: Geographic Information Systems, Geospatial Intelligence, Remote Sensing, or related fields.

GIS Intern Position at UNDP

The UN Reform Resolution tasks UNDP to provide countries with an “integrator function” to accelerate progress towards the SDGs by tackling multiple interlinked and interdependent development challenges. The UNDP Global Policy Network (GPN) draws on expertise globally to provide more effective responses to the complex development challenges countries face in achieving the SDGs and responding to crisis in an integrated and coherent manner. Anchored in the Crisis Bureau (CB) and the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), the GPN has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan, which is aligned with the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

An SDG Integration Team located with UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN) offers a menu of services emphasizing direct short- to medium-term engagements to respond rapidly to requests from country offices for support on national implementation and monitoring of integrated policy solutions, qualitative and evidence-driven analysis for accelerated progress, and knowledge sharing and upscaling of innovative approaches to sustainable development. The team’s work emphasizes the application of evidence-driven data and analytics for SDG implementation and reporting.

In this regard, advances in digital technology are creating data at unprecedented levels of detail and speed, turning the stories of people’s lives into numbers every minute of every day, across the globe. An important focus of the integration work is to complement traditional data (e.g., national statistics, NHDR like analysis) with new and alternative sources including digital ‘breadcrumbs,’ satellite data, and social media to identify emerging trends and gain new perspectives on issues in development.

Under the guidance of the Global Policy Advisor of the SDG Integration Bureau for Policy and Programme Support/Global Policy Network, the GIS Intern will support the Integration Team’s work on geospatial analysis to strengthen the identification of emerging trends, improve understanding of evolving development issues and lead to the design of better development solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform tasks associated with geospatial data management and curation;
  • Develop scalable and efficient geospatial data processing pipelines using python language and industry standard open-source tools and software libraries;
  • Conduct geospatial analysis (raster and vector based) using standard tools and libraries in python language;
  • Create and publish interactive maps using desktop and web-based tools


Candidate should have the following competencies: 

  • Self-starter, organized, independent and reliable 
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and sensitivity to differing opinions and views

Required Skills and Experience


Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements: 

  • (a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); 
  • (b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); 
  • (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation. 
  • (d) be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program

Required field of studies: 

  • Preferred fields of study: Geographic Information Systems, Geospatial Intelligence, Remote Sensing, or related fields


  • Experience with using Python for geo-processing
  • Experience with various GIS data formats and processing libraries (GDAL, rasterio, numpy, shapely)
  • Experience compiling and standardizing geospatial datasets in a data pipeline
  • Experience with desktop GIS software such as QGIS
  • Basic experience with PostGIS spatial database
  • Familiarity with publicly available geospatial datasets related to development
  • Basic knowledge in using cloud-based solutions to manage geospatial data (Azure)
  • Analytical and report writing skills


  • Excellent English language skills.  
  • Knowledge of another UN language is desirable

Conditions of internship  

Internships within the UN system are subject to following conditions, which the candidates should familiarize themselves with prior to applying: 

  • UNDP HQ will provide a stipend in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship Policy;
  • Any further costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs; 
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. The Intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan; 
  • UNDP does not provide assistance with travel and/or housing and the Intern will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; 
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. The Intern will not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof; 
  • Interns will need to use their own laptop/notebook. A workstation with wireless internet access will be provided at the Centre’s facilities and supervisory support provided by the Centre staff; 
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity. 
  • UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Selected candidates must submit following documents prior to joining: 

  • Letter from the university confirming current enrolment and graduation date; 
  • Copy of passport; 
  • A copy of his/her school transcript; 
  • Proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains or life insurance and a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship.  
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement

DEADLINE: 26 October 2023

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