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.

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)

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