Intern – Quantity Surveying

United Nations Development Programme


The purpose of this Internship is to offer an outstanding student the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to the UN’s work, as well as to assist the Common Premises and Services team with the execution of construction work for the upgrade and refurbishment of UN premises located in Zambia. It is designed to complement technical and theoretical studies with practical experience in various aspects of structural and civil engineering.

The work will involve assisting in the supervising of civil and structural works as well as contributing to the structural design of other ongoing projects, daily supervision of site works and reporting of daily proceedings at the designated site.

Duties And Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Common Premises Project Manager, the intern will work closely with the common services team to undertake the following tasks:

  • To support the supervision and monitoring on a daily basis in coordination with the contractor the civil and structural works to be carried out at the UN house and Annex premises and other sites as required.
  • To assist in providing quality control, and reporting of the civil and structural works to be carried out at the UN house and Annex premises.
  • To contribute to the daily progress reports of the construction works.
  • To contribute to the structural design of ongoing and planned projects.
  • Any other civil works related tasks as needed.


Competences and Values

  • Integrity and demonstrate interest in the area of of speciality.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible and eager to learn.
  • Ability to work under pressure and multitask.

Required Skills And Experience


  • Candidates should be in final year of studies towards attainment of a University degree in Quantity Surveying or Building Science;
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Candidates are not expected to have any previous work experience as they have just completed their degree programme;
  • Knowledge in preparation of bills of quantities and material;
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in oral and written English.


  • Interns are considered gratis personnel. Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan and provide a certificate of good health prior to starting the internship;

Shortlisted applicants must submit the following documents prior to the interview:

  • An official letter from the University confirming enrolment in a graduate-level degree programme and specifying the expected graduation date;
  • Letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student’s performance;
  • Copy of current school transcript.
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