The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kuwait invites highly qualified and experienced persons to apply for excellent opportunities and assignments in the Country Office and Projects. UNDP is looking for competent and motivated persons with a strong believe in the purpose of UNDP and its mandate, who are willing to dedicate themselves to a rewarding career in Kuwait.
UNDP offers a broad range of work opportunities to serve in a dynamic environment and to partner and engage with Government, non-government, local authorities, private sector and international development organizations and to contribute to the development of Kuwait.

All interested and qualified candidates, please navigate below for the announced vacant posts:


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Putting Ideas to Work: Human Resources in UNDP

Recruitment Principles

The recruitment process at UNDP is a continuous process to ensure that UNDP has the right people in the right jobs at the right time. The recruitment and selection of staff members at UNDP is guided by the following six principles:

  1. Competition: Selection follows a visible and fair competitive process for all vacancies, regardless of post, contractual modality or hiring unit.
  2. Objectivity: Screening is conducted with professional rigor, with candidates measured against clearly articulated criteria, job skills and competencies and corporate priorities;
  3. Transparency: The recruitment and selection criteria and all phases of recruitment processes is transparent to staff and candidates to the fullest extent possible;
  4. Diversity: UNDP’s workforce reflects diversity and strives to include equal numbers of men and women, staff members representing as wide a geographic distribution as possible and individuals from under-represented groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities.
  5. Non Discrimination: Subject to the principle of recruiting staff members on as wide a geographical basis as possible, UNDP does not discriminate in its recruitment and selection processes on the grounds of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or disability.
  6. Accountability: Hiring managers are held accountable both for their selection proposals and the manner in which they have followed the processes leading up to them.

Recruitment Process

Online Application

Vacancies are posted on the UNDP website for a minimum of two weeks. If you find a job that matches your skills and interests, simply click on "Apply" and follow the instructions. Since we are using an e-recruitment system, ONLY online applications are accepted.

Screening and Interviewing

Please be aware of the following:

  • Selection criteria and competencies needed are stated in the vacancy announcement pertinent to a specific position. After the closing date, the long-list of candidates is prepared based on these competencies. Technical test results may be used as a further assessment tool. The "long list" is reviewed and the ensuring shortlist is finally prepared based on technical testing, corporate priorities, organizational needs, and holistic assessment of candidate profiles.
  • Shortlisted candidates are then invited for interviews with the interviewing panel which is usually composed of four panelists.
  • A thorough reference and background checks are conducted on the recommended candidate
  • The interview panel recommends the selected candidate to an internal committee. The latter reviews the recruitment process and ensures its transparency and competitiveness.
  • The selected candidate must provide a medical clearance before starting his or her duties
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates are contacted.

Employment of Close Relatives

  • The spouse of a UNDP Staff Member or an individual engaged on a Service Contract may be engaged under SC, provided they are in no direct supervision of each other. 
  • Contracting close relatives of UNDP staff members or an individual engaged on a Service Contract (father, mother, brother, son, daughter, brother or sister) must follow the conditions stipulated in the Policy on Family Relationship.


Working for UNDP

Fixed Term contract 

1. Use of Contract Modality

Employed on core activities of continuing nature, within the office; activities not likely to be concluded within 3 years. For career staff, UNDP invests in individuals' training and career development. For example office staff - continuing functions, such as - finance, HR, programme, and administrative staff, and continuing secretarial functions.

2. Main Benefits

  • Base Salary: Salary surveys are based on best prevailing local conditions. Salary is determined based on position level and experience of selected candidate. The local salary scale for General Services and National Officers are published at the UN website:
  • Pension Plan: Enrollment in the United Nations Joint Staff Fund by making two contributions; the staff member' s share is 7.9% of monthly salary and UNDP share is double that share.
  • Leaves:
    • Annual leave: Accumulates at a rate of 2.5 day/month i.e 30 working days/year
    • Sick Leave: 65 days full pay per year plus 65 days half pay (in any period of 12 consecutive months)
    • Maternity Leave: 16 weeks
    • Paternity Leave: 4 weeks
  • Other Benefits: Language allowance after passing the UN language exam, Spouse and Child allowance.
  • Cigna Insurance: Staff members are covered globally under Cigna scheme for medical and dental.
  • Malicious Acts Insurance Policy (M.A.I.P): Coverage for staff member located at, or travelling to, a designated hazardous duty station subject to compliance with MAIP. The purpose of MAIP is to cover the eligible staff member for death or disability caused by a malicious act, such as war, revolution, and terrorist acts.

Service contract (SC- Nationals and/or Legal Residents)

1. Use of Contract Modality

Work is not part of UNDP's central core work; is within project context (NIM agency, direct execution, etc.) or in UNDP office on work that could be outsourced, but for which outsourcing is not feasible or desirable under special circumstances. It is issued for a minimum period of 6 months and maximum of one year. Renewal of an SC is subjected to performance, project duration & needs, and budget availability.

Example: Cleaning and office maintenance, driver, messenger service, computer technicians, data entry personnel, NIM and other national project personnel; and National project personnel on behalf of other UN system agencies

2. Main Benefits

  • Base Salary: Monthly remuneration rate based on the service contract scale. Local market conditions for specific job (local UN salary survey gross data as a reference point)
  • Social Benefits: 8.33% of base monthly salary is paid in lieu of pension benefits
  • Leaves:
    • Annual leave: Accumulates at a rate of 2.5 day/month i.e 30 days/year
    • Sick Leave: Accumulates at a rate of 1 day/month i.e 12 days/year
    • Maternity Leave: 16 weeks
    • Paternity Leave: 4 weeks
  • Cigna Insurance: SC holders are covered globally excluding USA under Cigna scheme for medical, dental, life, and disability (The policy covers only the contract holder and at no cost to the latter)

Malicious Acts Insurance Policy (M.A.I.P): Coverage for SC holder located at, or travelling to, a designated hazardous duty station subject to compliance with MAIP. The purpose of MAIP is to cover the eligible SC holder for death or disability caused by a malicious act, such as war, revolution, and terrorist acts.




The purpose of the Internship Programme is to provide students and recent graduates from diverse academic backgrounds exposure to development issues and a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of UNDP.


  • Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
    • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
    • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
  • A person who is the child or sibling of an UNDP staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at UNDP. An applicant who bears any other family relationship with a UNDP staff member may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member.
    • For purposes of this policy, “child” means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or the child of a staff member’s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). “Sibling” includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child of the spouse of a parent of a staff member (that is, also half- and stepsibling).

Duration of Internship Assignments

  1. Internship assignments vary in length according to the academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments normally last a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of six months. An internship may exceptionally be approved for a maximum total duration of nine months if the intern can demonstrate it will grant him/her an educational credit for a course.
  2. Internship assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis.


Internships are offered at the UNDP Country Office.

Remuneration, insurance and interns’ expenses

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of:
    • The nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or
    • The intern, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence through private sources.
    • Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.
  • Applicants for internships must show proof of valid medical insurance for the duty station in which they will intern. For applicants which are neither nationals or residents of the duty station, the insurance must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which:
    • Requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment;
    • Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence.
    • UNDP accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.

Evaluation and Certification

  • At the end of the internship, the supervisor shall prepare a written evaluation of the intern’s performance and organize a meeting with him/her to provide feedback.
  • Upon completion of the internship, the intern shall receive a certificate from UNDP.

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