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All you should know about UNDP.

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If you want to work for UNDP and are looking for vacancies on, then you first need to know everything about this organization. This information is useful for you both at the application stage and at the interview. Or maybe UNDP is not at all for you, and you do not share all of its missions.

In this article, you will receive detailed, accessible and interesting information about UNDP, which will help you at all stages of employment. At the end of the article you will find a selection of top jobs in this organization.

The information that you learn from this article may need you at the interview stage. This is the basis, without which it’s not worth starting a job search at UNDP. So, let's start?

When and how was UNDP created?

UNDP was established in 1965 as a result of the merger of the United Nations Special Fund, established in 1958, and the Expanded Program of Technical Assistance, founded in 1949.

In how many countries does UNDP already work? In what areas does it operate?

UNDP operates in 177 countries and territories and works in three main areas: (1) sustainable development, (2) democratic governance and peacebuilding, (3) climate and disaster resilience.

UNDP Mandate

UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

The UN Charter

The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. Its purposes and principles are to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations based on equal rights and self-determination, and to achieve international co-operation in solving economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian challenges without distinction for race, sex, language, or religion.

What is UNDP main goal?

The main goal of UNDP, as the most important UN funding body, is to create the necessary conditions for the functioning of sustainable processes of life support and human development, to assist developing countries in creating real economic potential for the transition to a system of market relations.

Besides, UNDP:

  • help to achieve the eradication of poverty,
  • reduce inequalities and exclusion
  • help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

Also, UNDP places particular emphasis on gender equality and the protection of human rights.

Who finances UNDP?

UNDP funds are made up of voluntary contributions from members of the organization, which may be member countries or UN observers, and other major international organizations. Currently, there are more than 200 such countries.

Annually, contributions and donations to UNDP amount to about $ 5 billion and represent 1/5 of all contributions and donations to the United Nations system.

Basic regulatory UNDP documents

Not the most interesting, but important part.

The main legal framework of UNDP since 2015 is:

  1. Sustainable Development Agenda 2030
  2. (Agenda 2030), adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.
  3. The UNDP Strategic Plan, adopted by the Executive Board of the Program for 2017 for a period of four years and agreed with Agenda 2030.
  4. UNDP social and environmental standards.
  5. Strategy "MAPS - Inclusion, Revitalization, and Political Support for Agenda 2030".

UNDP activities at the international level. Branches


At the international level, UNDP is headed by an Administrator, whose rank is identical to that of the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The UNDP Administrator is appointed by the Secretary-General and approved by the United Nations General Assembly for a term of four years. Since 2017, Achim Steiner has been the UNDP Administrator.

Executive Board

The Executive Council consists of representatives of 36 ratifying countries and meets annually for three sessions - one annual and two regular.

Members of the Executive Council are elected annually by the UN Economic and Social Council for a three-year term.

Since 1994, all decisions of the UNDP Executive Board have always been taken by consensus.

United Nations Development Investment Fund

At the international level, UNDP is also represented by the United Nations Development Investment Fund, which since 1966 has been assisting developing countries.

Global Policy Centers

The UNDP Global Policy Centers contribute to the international advisory functions of the Program, providing it with research support in the following areas:

  1. identifying priorities for global development and innovative approaches
  2. measuring UNDP performance
  3. risk assessment and management.

There are six Global Policy Centers in the UNDP system:

  1. Global Center for Advanced Civil Servants
  2. Global Center for Sustainable Ecosystems and Desertification
  3. Global Private Sector Development Center
  4. Global Control Center
  5. Global Center for Development Partnership
  6. Global Center for Sustainable Development

Who can work for UNDP?

Everyone who are passionate about world development and want to make a difference can find work at UNDP.

Type of opportunities

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, UNDP provides various exciting opportunities for:

  • Staff
  • Consultants/ Individual Contractors
  • Service Contractors
  • Internships
  • Junior Professional Officer Programme
  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV)


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