Re-Advertising: Young Professional in the field of Renewable Energy (those who already applied need not re-apply)


The UNDP Young Professional Programme (YPP) is designed for highly qualified and motivated young Malawian professionals recently graduated from Masters programmes or in some cases, from Bachelor’s Degree programmes. The programme provides an opportunity to start a development career through “on the job’ professional development that can be based on learning from UNDP’s programmes, policies and operations. Training and learning will be part of the day to day activities under the UNDP Young Professional Programme.


Candidates for the UNDP YPP will be selected on a highly competitive basis. The key qualifications required for consideration will include:

be under 30 years of age;

have an academic qualification, as outlined in respective Terms of Reference completed not more than 2 years ago.

The candidates will be offered a Service Contract for a maximum 2 years, renewable each year. They will receive an “all-inclusive package ” to cover living and travel costs. It is estimated that a total of 10 professionals will be recruited in 2020.

There is no guarantee for a further employment with UNDP after the assignment but the UNDP Malawi YPP program has an excellent reputation among development agencies and government institutions in the country. However, upon completion of the contract, it is expected that the incumbent would have acquired sufficient knowledge, skills and professional competences to pursue a rewarding career in any reputable international organization on a full-time contract basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

The YP will support management of existing renewable energy initiatives, contribute to design of new interventions, and support programme and project activities as required; participate in project management to ensure timely delivery of interventions; participate in substantive, analytical work to monitor and showcase results from RSG’s renewable energy initiatives; contribute to policy dialogue on renewable energy, including regulatory reform; support project administration in accordance with UNDP project management procedures; review unsolicited proposals; prepare reports and knowledge products; and monitor budgets and payment requests with support from UNDP Analyst. The YP will be expected to support as required across all programme and project areas.


Excellent oral and written communication skills, in English

Commitment to the values of the United Nations

Ability to work well in teams

Creativity and innovative approach to work

Strong multicultural skills

Knowledge of computer systems and word packages

Required Skills and Experience

A Masters of Engineering, or similar physical science background

All candidates must fulfil one of the following criteria:

Received a Master certificate with distinction or credit OR

Held a leadership role while at University OR

Received overseas scholarship to undertake studies (such as Fulbright, Chevening, ODA etc)


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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