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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means we can quickly respond to our partners needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness. UNOPS has taken an ambitious and comprehensive approach to sustainability performance.
The Sustainable Procurement Practice Group (SPPG) at UNOPS leads the organization’s sustainable procurement practice and is responsible for all matters of organizational development in procurement and supply chain management. It is responsible for developing procurement strategies, policies, and processes. SPPG provides authoritative guidance and procurement advice. It enables oversight and develops procurement and supply chain knowledge networks and training tools to strengthen skills in public procurement while advancing sustainable practices. SPPG is also responsible for a significant percentage of the transactional procurement volume of UNOPS which totalled 740 Mio. USD in 2012.
The Sustainability team at SPPG is responsible for strategy development and implementation of sustainable procurement at UNOPS. The team acts as a think tank for sustainable procurement within UNOPS, formulating and articulating sustainable procurement policy, ensuring the roll-out of sustainable procurement practices at UNOPS, and contributing to the overall sustainability programme and strategy at UNOPS. It liaises with key stakeholders in the UNOPS country offices and external partners. It advises UNOPS country offices on complex procurement cases and develops and delivers training and education programmes on sustainability and sustainable procurement.
In an effort to accelerate and promote delivery of sustainable procurement, SPPG drives sustainable procurement implementation in the delivery practice. The SPPG Sustainability Team is looking for an intern to support with various activities in the area of Sustainable Procurement. The intern will work in close collaboration with various stakeholders of the Sustainable Procurement Practice Group and report to the Team Manager, Sustainability team.

Functional Responsibilities

UNOPS is looking for an intern to assume duties related to the following work programme:

- Support the Sustainable Procurement team in various activities included in their work plan. This may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Support the development and roll out of a supplier diversity programme initially focused on women-owned businesses.
- Support the development of the team’s outreach material and publications.
- Develop and maintain a library of UNOPS sustainable procurement cases.
- Support the development of a corporate environmental management system.
- Support for various training activities.
- Support implementation of sustainable procurement in UNOPS operations and processes.
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Specific deliverables will be agreed upon based on the qualifications and skills of selected candidate together with the Team Manager, Sustainability.



Offers new and/or different feasible solutions to problems/client needs.
Consistently delivers on current assignments in order to take up new ones.
Checks accuracy of output produced so that it is as per established quality standards.
Sets daily, weekly, and monthly, goals and monitors progress.
Ensures timely and consistent follow up on projects.
Is aware about self-development and identifies ways to enhance competencies.
Consistently delivers accurate, clear and concise messages in written or oral form.
Always works with others to accomplish goals/tasks.
Works independently and reports concisely to supervisor for key decision making.
Is able to relate to people form diverse backgrounds and cultures.


Applicants must be enrolled in a university degree such as a Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degree in International Policy and Development Studies, Economics, Business, Environmental Management or a related subject, or have graduated within three years prior to the application date of the internship.
A good understanding of procurement processes, in particular of the public sector is desirable.
While no prior work experience is required, some expertise in one of these areas: Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Management or equivalent will be considered an asset.
Project management experience will be an asset.
Excellent computer skills, in particular substantial expertise with Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required.
Language requirements:
Fluency in English is required;
Working knowledge of any additional UN language will be an asset.


6 Months

29 June
Additional Info:
Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel and securing any necessary visas.
Flexible working schedules may be arranged.

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend of 900 USD per month from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 500 USD. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel, insurance coverage and any necessary visas.

For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:

Additional Considerations

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world. UNOPS is setting countries on course to a more stable future by helping them to
build roads, schools and clinics, to remove landmines, to prepare for democratic elections and much else besides” Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and non-governmental organizations, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

Our mission

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Our vision

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments UNOPS vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

The UNOPS team

UNOPS employs almost 6,000 personnel annually and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a network of regional and country offices, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.

To learn more about UNOPS and our work, visit www.unops.org. Or, subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with UNOPS case studies, vacancies and best practice examples: http://bit.ly/HPtGeP

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Marmorvej 51, PO Box 2695
Copenhagen, Denmark 2100

Phone: +4545337658
Email:  sustainable.procurement@unops.org
Website:  UNOPS

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