Behavioural Science Intern

  • Intern/Fellow
  • Home Based
  • Applications have closed

Website unglobalpulse UN Global Pulse

Deadline to apply: 10 May 2022


Behavioural Science (BeSci) is increasingly being used in governments and multilateral organisations around the world to improve policy and programme formulation, implementation, and evaluation.

Supported by the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, the UN Behavioural Science Group of the UN Innovation Network, a collaborative interagency community of colleagues interested in behavioural science, promotes awareness and supports behavioural science work at the UN. To date, the group comprises of more than 800 UN members from across 80+ UN Entities in 110 countries (as well as over 1,000 observers from outside the UN).

In 2021, the UN Behavioural Science Group supported the development and publication of a UN-wide Guidance Note and the UN Behavioural Science Report that outlines existing BeSci projects in the UN System as well as steps to further the application of BeSci in the work of the UN. One of these steps is the establishment of a UN Behavioural Science Programme.

The UN BeSci Programme has the following objectives of:

●      Increasing BeSci expertise across the UN system by providing knowledge and technical understanding to BeSci projects;

●      Strengthening capacity across the UN through training;

●      Demonstrating the impact of BeSci for sustainable development both internally within the UN and externally within the broader international community; and

●      Enhancing UN external partnerships in BeSci with academia, non-profits, and governments.

The Programme will host internships as a joint offering between the UN Behavioural Science Group of the UN Innovation Network, the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General and UN Global Pulse.

The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility. They will work in support of the UN Behavioural Science Group whose members cooperate remotely and from locations in over 100 countries.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Interns will provide support to a geographically distributed team of members and contribute to multiple projects (usually 1 – 3) across different UN Entities for the duration of their enrollment in the programme. In collaboration with counterparts in the UN Entities, interns will typically:

  • Contribute to and make suggestions on the application of behavioural science to projects,
  • Support the conceptualization and running of laboratory and/or field experiments,
  • Support designing and delivering introductory trainings for UN Entities,
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and analysis of research,
  • Assist in the development of project briefs, outlining approaches used, impact and lessons learnt, and support knowledge management more broadly,
  • Contribute to the development of thought pieces and briefs,
  • Liaise with the central BeSci team to ensure knowledge transfer.
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