UNDP Graduate Programme

We are looking for 40 outstanding, recent graduates

to join the 2023 UNDP Graduate Programme Pool

UNDP is launching a second cohort of its 2-year Graduate Programme and is looking for candidates to join the 2023 Graduate Programme Pool.

The Programme serves to equip outstanding young graduates with the skills and experience required to kick-start a career in international development, accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, build better futures and make a positive difference in the world!

  • Do you have a Master’s degree with a maximum of two years of relevant work experience? Or do you have a Bachelor’s degree with between 2 and maximum 3 years of relevant work experience?

  • Do you dream of working in international development with UNDP? Are you ready to contribute to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty?

  • Are you ready to live and work for two years in a challenging context and in another country than your home country?

  • Are you a national of a country in which UNDP works to promote the Sustainable Development Goals?

  • Do you have experience in one or more of the following areas: sustainable development, business operations, project management, partnerships, innovation, digitalization, data analysis and management?

If you answered YES! to all the above questions, we encourage you to apply below to the UNDP Graduate Programme.

In particular, we encourage women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous peoples groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Graduates who are the first generation in their family to obtain a university education are also strongly encouraged to apply.

What do we offer?


The Graduate Programme offers a unique opportunity to contribute to UNDP’s mandate. It is a 2-year assignment with one of our country, regional, or headquarter offices. Assignments are in areas related to the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on two streams:

  • Programme and Policy: In this stream you will contribute to UNDP’s programmes and project activities.

  • Corporate Operations: In this stream you will contribute to management services that support effective implementation of UNDP programmes, or work in the area of organisational policies, processes, and oversight.

Successful applicants will be included in the Graduate Programme Pool and offered an assignment with a UNDP office in any of our 170 locations around the world.

Personal Growth

We offer participants a customised Formation journey. This learning path provides an opportunity to enhance your knowledge, stretch your capabilities and give you real-world experience alongside some of the brightest minds in the development world.

As a pathway into the world of development, the Graduate Programme offers talented graduates excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development, while providing a valuable entry point into UNDP and the wider UN system.


  • A one-year international professional entry-level contract (renewable for a second year on demonstrating good performance and on availability of funding).

  • A competitive entry-level salary.

  • Ticket for travel between your location and your duty station.

  • Paid annual leave.

  • Paid sick leave.

  • Health and disability insurance.

  • Pension contributions.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates who are available to join UNDP from first quarter of 2023 onwards and who meet the following requirements:


  • A completed Master’s degree in a relevant field (with not more than 2 years of work experience) or

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (with a minimum of 2 years and not more than 3 years of relevant, paid work experience)

We encourage applications from a wide range of relevant degree courses:

  • To be eligible for the Programme and Policy stream, you will likely have graduated in one or more of the following areas: political science, public administration, international relations, development studies, economics, statistics, data management, environmental science or a related field. Please review UNDP’s areas of work.

  • To be eligible for the Corporate Operations stream, you will likely have graduated in one or more of the following areas: business or public administration, finance, law, procurement or supply chain management, human resources management, economics, data management, or a related field.


We are looking for engaged young individuals whose values match those of UNDP:

  • Integrity

  • Accountability

  • Transparency

  • Professionalism

  • Mutual Respect

  • Results Orientation (through Principled Performance)

You will have some experience in one or more of the following areas: UNDP programme areas (poverty and inequality, governance, resilience, environment, energy, gender equality), business operations, project management, partnerships, innovation, digitalization, or data analysis and management.

You will preferably have worked to make an impact at community, provincial or national level (including in civil society, government, NGOs, IGOs or individually).


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