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You can work at a development organisation and still do not do anything meaningful

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

I have been working at UNDP as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

+During special events you can meet a lot of famous people from world of science, politics and celebrities
+There is a lot of nice people
+Good to get an overview of the system
+Actually you can learn about a lot of good stuff that country offices are doing
+You can brush up your writing skills
+You can become aware of many interesting publications if you are interested in development

Cons

-Problems with management skills
-Some openly disrespectful and moody people
-A lot of people without management background who manage people and programmes and do not event care to spend few mintues with Google to learn what works and what does not
-Simplistic, not challenging and repetitive tasks are given to the interns
-Might be very frustrating if you worked with private companies before
-Production of long and confusing internal documents and strategies on each single subject that are hard to read, and usually ignored
-"I do not have to respect you cause I can have twenty people who want your position" approach to management
-Be prepared that you might be doing for half a year for free 100% IDENTICAL work as somebody sitting next to you who gets +5000USD a month(they also get vacation time, you might not get).

-UNDP has a strict policy written in your contract that you cannot be hired or even apply for three months after the end of your internship
-No policy on vacation time for interns. You might work for six months and if you want to take a day off, you might have to beg your manager

Good advice:
Be proactive to get the most of it, meet new people, there are some really great people out there too!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please hire some people with good management educational and practical background who can create a more dynamic and respectful culture. It will help everyone

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    endless politics and bureaucracies but worth the (short) experience

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Former Employee - Program Officer

    I worked at UNDP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - access to high-level meetings
    - insight into the inner workings of the UN system
    - interactions with influential policy-makers

    Cons

    - high bureaucracy
    - low-impact projects
    - programs have limited affects on local communities
    - advising stays within high-level officials who do not transfer knowledge, skills, and values to their constituents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - do more background research before engaging in projects
    - place less priority on pleasing high-level leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very good learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at UNDP as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, pension system and opportunities. You're at HQ in the heart of the UN with the ability to meet the shakers of international development.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and great difficulty to get promoted. It's difficult at times to feel like you're actually making changes due to the bureaucratic nature of the organization. There's also too many differences among different agencies for there to be an effective way for knowledge and information to be shared. From what I understand, promotion from within is difficult to accomplish. It is easier to get experience outside and then apply for higher level positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better techniques for streamlining bureaucracy and knowledge management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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