At UNDP, we take pride in ensuring that our staff are of the highest calibre and observe the highest standards of professional ethics. Accordingly, recruitment and hiring constitutes the single most important human resource management activity. As each recruitment process represents a major investment of organisational resources and is a direct reflection on the organisation's image and reputation, due care is taken in ensuring that the principles of competition, fairness, objectivity, transparency and accountability are met.
Vacancies are advertised on our website and in the local print media. All vacancies are open to male and female candidates; however only shortlisted candidates are contacted. If you are interested in a career in development, please refer to the job opportunities at UNDP Trinidad and Tobago and UNDP Global as we are always interested in dedicated people who are committed to serving the cause of development.
Types of Contracts
Fixed Term Appointment (local staff) - Employed on core activities of continuing nature, within the UNDP office; activities not likely to be concluded within 3 years. For career staff, UNDP invests in individuals' training and career development. For example office staff - continuing functions, such as - finance, programme, and administrative staff, and continuing secretarial functions.
Temporary Appointment – Employed for specific functions related to supporting project activities that are focused on a specific deliverable, where it is clear from the outset that the activities once completed will be discontinued and the incumbent not retained.
Service Contract – Hiring individuals under a non-staff contract wherein UN Staff Regulations and Rules not applicable. UNDP SC holders serve in their individual capacity and not as representatives of a government or any other institution and are not considered as UN staff or Officials under the convention of Immunities and Privileges.
The UNDP Trinidad and Tobago Internship Programme offers the opportunity to acquire experience working as interns in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Through this programme, interns will be exposed to UNDP's development activities, thematic priorities, and technical cooperation practices. Interns specialize in the areas of democratic governance, poverty reduction, environment and energy, disaster management, HIV/AIDS, donor coordination, private sector development and other activities related to sustainable human development. Interns acquire practical experience in various aspects of project management in an international working environment.
Assignments may vary in length, according to availability and academic requirements as well as the needs of the UNDP Trinidad and Tobago Country Office
Duration: 1 month to 6 months, part-time or full-time (8 hours/day, 5 days/week).
Minimum Qualifications Required:
Enrolled in a graduate-level degree programme in a development-related field such as economics, international relations, sociology, business administration, political sciences or environmental studies.
- Excellent written and spoken English.
- Excellent computer knowledge (Microsoft Office applications).
- Excellent interactive and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
Financial Administrative Aspects:
- The internship programme operates on a non-remunerative basis.
- The subsistence and travel costs connected with the internship programme must be borne by interns or by other institutions.
- Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel to Trinidad and Tobago and accommodations there.
- If work-related travel within the country is requested by UNDP during the internship period, per diem and travel costs shall be paid by UNDP.
- If selected, the Country Office will provide assistance to the Intern in getting a visa to come to Trinidad and Tobago.
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs or hardships arising from illness or accidents incurred during the internship. Interns must carry adequate medical and life insurance. Proof of medical coverage/visa must be provided before the internship commences.
Further Career Opportunities:
The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as mentioned, to complement an intern's studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.
Who to contact:
Selection for the internships is fully decentralized within UNDP.
Applicants interested in an internship should forward their application directly to:
Human Resources Associate
United Nations Development Programme
3A Chancery Lane, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Download the UNDP P11 Form (MS Word).