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UNCDF Internship: Join Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit in New York for Impactful Sustainable Development Work

UNCDF is looking for an intern to join their team at the Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit (PPC) in New York, USA.

About UNCDF:

UNCDF’s mission is to make both public and private finance work for people in the 46 least developed countries (LDCs) worldwide.

They use “last mile” finance models, focusing on unlocking public and private resources, especially at the local level. This approach aims to reduce poverty and promote economic development in these areas. If you’re interested in being part of this mission, there’s an internship opportunity available in the PPC Unit in New York. The role involves working on expanding partnerships, creating policy briefs, and contributing to important initiatives, including those related to blended finance and enterprises in Africa.


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Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Strategic Advocacy and Partnership Development:
    • Develop corporate strategies tailored to specific donors.
    • Build and maintain relationships with the financial sector, private sector investors, and family offices.
    • Provide strategic advice and policy recommendations to position UNCDF effectively.
    • Analyze donor trends in the UNCDF funding landscape.
  2. Support to Mobilization of Core and Non-Core Resources:
    • Assist in mobilizing core and non-core resources.
    • Create new partnerships with non-traditional donors, corporations, and the financial sector.
    • Analyze donor-specific ODA trends, political and economic developments.
    • Contribute to the development of corporate policies for resource mobilization.
  3. Effective Internal and External Donor Relations:
    • Identify targeted interventions to mobilize support for UNCDF.
    • Enhance UNCDF’s visibility at relevant financial conferences and investor events.
    • Build and maintain working relations with relevant offices and partners in the private sector.
  4. Facilitation of Knowledge Building and Sharing:
    • Formulate lessons learned and recommendations for CO knowledge management.
    • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
    • Organize and conduct trainings on resource mobilization and partnerships building.

Required Skills and Experience:

  1. Education:
    • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree program in Business Administration, Economic Development, Economics, Finance, or another related field.
    • Applicants to the UNCDF internship program must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:
      • (a) Be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
      • (b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
      • (c) 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.
  2. Desirable Skillset & Experience:
    • Experience creating presentations, developing Excel files, and writing papers that capture complex concepts in simple language.
    • Experience in working on finance transactions or creating financial models.
    • Experience in a consulting firm or an investment bank will be an added advantage.
    • Self-starter with organizational skills, ability to multitask, balance multiple responsibilities, and work to deadlines.
  3. Additional Assignment-Specific Qualifications:
    • Solid understanding of international development.
  4. Languages:
    • Fluency in English is required.
    • Fluency in French is desirable.
    • Knowledge of other UN languages will be considered a plus.

Closing Date: 30 March 2024

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