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Inviting Applications for Internship in Population Dynamics and Policy Research  - A Pilot Phase



UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

Aligned with the post-2015 development agenda and the global framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. 

UNFPA partners with the government at the center, other development partners at the national and state level, and carries out its programmes through offices in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan.    

The Policy, Advocacy and Partnerships Unit within India is a new unit- also called the Think-Tank of the UNFPA India Country Office and comprises of 4 pillars;

  • population dynamics and research,
  • partnerships and resource mobilization,
  • innovation and technology, and
  • communications and media.

PAPU is responsible for coordinating and fostering strategic partnerships, overseeing communications to support advocacy and leading research and analysis to guide policy formulation and facilitating strategic engagements in policy dialogue with Government, UN and other development partners to incorporate UNFPA’s priorities and agenda into national plans and for the advancement of the ICPD Programme of Action and Agenda 2030. UNFPA has a repository of data and PAPU is specialized to use the data for building innovative solutions aligning it with the latest tech trends like block chain, AI, augmented reality, virtual reality and these innovations will fast track UNFPA’s mandate in the coming years and PAPU works to strengthen data systems to account for population dynamics that will further shape programs and policies.

Young Professional Internship Programme (YPIP) 2022


The purpose of the Young Professional Internship Programme in Population Dynamics and Policy Research is to provide recent graduates and young professionals from diverse academic and professional backgrounds exposure to international development. The internship will offer first-hand experience of working in the UN through exposure to day-to-day working environment of UNFPA in India. The internship will provide an opportunity for young people and especially women from diverse social groups to learn about UNFPA’s mandate in India, engage with policies and programmes and further advance the agenda. The internship is also designed to provide a bridge through developing additional skills and experience necessary to have an exciting and rewarding career in the development sector through a meaningful learning experience in UNFPA. 

The Position

Under the direct supervision of the Population Dynamics and Research Specialist and guided by the Chief- Policy and Partnerships, the intern will support the UNFPA PAPU team in delivering activities outlined in the below section.

The Population Dynamics Unit aims to a) build capacities of government institutions to generate, analyze and disseminate disaggregated population data, for use in planning and monitoring of programmes at local levels; b) provide technical inputs into national surveys on health, population and gender including for the collection of disaggregated data on emerging population issues and bridge data gaps; (c) strengthen policy research and demographic intelligence for integration of population dynamics and mega trends into sustainable development planning efforts at national and state levels; (d) influence domestic financing for the three transformative results through investment cases and National Transfer Accounts at national and sub-national levels; (e) support operations research and evidence generation on tackling social norms and harmful practices; (f) raise awareness, and improve knowledge of policy-makers and advocate for appropriate policies at both national and state levels on demographic dividend, ageing, urbanization, migration and climate change, including the life-cycle approach to such population changes.

The scope of work includes: 

  • supporting evidence generation, analysis and research on one of the topic described above 
  • preparing a crisp report / technical note 
  • facilitating development of policy brief for policy advocacy

Application Process

UNFPA is inviting applications to apply for internship within the PAPU function of UNFPA to support Population Dynamics and Research vertical. This year, the focus of the programme is to expose students on the following topics:

  1. Analyzing the pathways to reap the benefits of demographic dividend
  2. Deeper analysis of female labour force participation rate in India and way forward
  3. Application of Small Area Estimation technique for disaggregated data for SDG monitoring

We request all interested applicants to submit: 

  • one-page PDF cover letter with details of the topic chosen from one of the above areas and how this will benefit UNFPA and the applicant in future;
  • one-page PDF resume. 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter along with their resume (in pdf) to by the deadline of 31st May, 2022 (5 pm IST).

All completed applications submitted on time will be reviewed by a  committee. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to take an interview/assessment (remotely). All applicants will be notified of the results as per the agreed timelines.

Duration- Phase 1: Jun/Jul 2022; Phase 2: Sep/Oct 2022

- minimum 6 weeks’ commitment with 40 hours per week in a hybrid work mode

Mentorship - The internship will be co-mentored by UNFPA and the affiliated Institute of the applicant

Number of Slots - Two slots for Phase 1; Two slots for Phase 2

Financial Aspects - Nominal stipend will be paid by UNFPA

Learning Opportunities for Interns

  • Exposure to the United Nations and its various agencies, Global Health, Sustainability and International Affairs
  • Orientation on International Development Policy
  • Better understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030
  • An opportunity to work on UNFPA’s mandate and national priorities and plans
  • Networking with other UN agencies, govt., civil societies and other multilateral agencies and stakeholders
  • Deeper understanding of issues of gender rights, SRH, population dynamics, skills, youth development, climate and humanitarian crises
  • Opportunity to work on flagship projects of UNFPA and political engagement strategy for advancing India’s global leadership on ICPD PoA and Agenda 2030
  • Participation in frequent discussions with the national and state-level colleagues
  • Experience in working at the intersection of business, development and the UN

Selection Criteria

Applicants to the UNFPA internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in the field of statistics, demography, economics and sociology;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the field of statistics, demography, economics and sociology;
  • Has recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program in the field of statistics, demography, economics and sociology and undertake the internship as part of this program. 

Desirable Competencies

  • Interest to pursue a career in development
  • Good communication skills (including web and social media), organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Candidates from marginalized communities and backgrounds will be given a special consideration 

Women candidates are encouraged to apply


    Upon completion of the internship by submitting the key documents as per the TOR and presenting the work carried out during the internship, the intern receives a certificate from UNFPA.