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Unlocking Opportunities: Internship on Inclusive and Sustainable Trade with UNDP

Unlocking Opportunities: Internship on Inclusive and Sustainable Trade with UNDP

Are you passionate about economic empowerment, regional integration, and sustainable development? Do you envision a future where trade fosters inclusivity and sustainability across Africa? If so, the Internship on Inclusive and Sustainable Trade (AfCFTA) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) might be the perfect opportunity for you.


At UNDP, diversity, equity, and inclusion are not just buzzwords; they are fundamental principles that guide our work. We believe in the power of diversity to drive innovation and foster a more inclusive society. As we embark on our mission to promote sustainable development, we are committed to ensuring that no one is left behind.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a historic opportunity to transform the economic landscape of Africa. By promoting intra-African trade and removing barriers to commerce, AfCFTA has the potential to unlock new opportunities for economic growth and prosperity across the continent.

About the Internship

As an intern on inclusive and sustainable trade with UNDP, you will have the opportunity to contribute to this transformative agenda. Over the course of a two-week internship, you will:

  • Conduct research on intra-African trade and investment.
  • Provide technical inputs to briefing notes, project reports, and presentations.
  • Support coordination of initiatives aimed at enhancing market access for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Contribute to the organization of public engagements aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of trade and regional integration.

Institutional Arrangement

You will report directly to the Regional AfCFTA Specialist under the guidance of the Regional AfCFTA Advisor. This structure will provide you with mentorship and support as you navigate your internship experience.


At UNDP, we value individuals who are committed to achieving results, thinking innovatively, and continuously learning and adapting. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Achieve Results: Plan and monitor your work, deliver quality work by deadline.
  • Think Innovatively: Be open to creative ideas, solve problems pragmatically.
  • Learn Continuously: Stay curious, share knowledge, learn from mistakes.
  • Adapt with Agility: Embrace change, handle ambiguity, be flexible.
  • Act with Determination: Show drive and motivation, deliver calmly in the face of adversity.
  • Engage and Partner: Build positive relationships, demonstrate compassion and understanding.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Appreciate differences, confront discrimination.

Required Skills and Experience

To be eligible for this internship, you should possess the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Law, International Business, International Trade, or a related field.
  • Strong research and drafting skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Fluency in English.


Please note that acceptance of a staff position with UNDP may have implications for US Permanent Residents. We advise applicants to seek legal advice regarding their immigration status.


UNDP is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We do not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, or any other status.

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Apply Now

If you are ready to make a meaningful contribution to inclusive and sustainable trade in Africa, we encourage you to apply for this internship. Together, we can unlock the full potential of AfCFTA and create a brighter future for all.

Apply before February 24, 2024, and join us on this exciting journey towards economic transformation and prosperity in Africa.

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