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Internship Opportunity with the Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit (UNCDF)

2024 Internship in Policy and Communications Unit (UNCDF)

Country: USA
City: New York
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Internship Opportunity with the Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit (UNCDF)

UNCDF is seeking an intern to be part of the Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit (PPC) in its Headquarters located in New York, United States. Working under the guidance and supervision of the Head of PPC, and working closely with PPC staff, the intern will support the ongoing workplan and goals of the unit, including but not limited to expanding partnerships; preparing policy briefs for high level meetings; supporting the launch of major initiatives on blended finance and enterprises in Africa; and building and maintaining a base of knowledge about Member States.The internship manager is committed to providing the intern with the training, guidance and support necessary to complete the below duties and responsibilities effectively and within the internship period. This will include, but not be limited to, scheduled meetings (weekly) to assess output progress, systems training (where required) and completion of required university reports for the purpose of meeting any necessary Degree requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities for Internship in Policy and Communications Unit:

1.  Strategic advocacy and partnership development:

  • Support the development of corporate strategies tailored to specific donors;
  • Support to building and maintaining relationships with the financial sector, private sector investors, and family offices;
  • Support for providing strategic advice and policy recommendations with a view to positioning UNCDF strongly;
  • Analyze donor trends in the UNCDF funding landscape.
  • Identification of opportunities for UNCDF programmes in its relationship with other UN Agencies;
  • Implementation of PCU strategy for partnering with UN Agencies around UNDAF, MDG and other joint programming for implementation of UN Reform;
  • Provides timely and professional response to COs requests for support on matters of partnerships-building.
  • Enhances capacity by UNCDF country and regional offices to pursue and capitalize on strategic partnerships and resource mobilization opportunities.

2.  Support to mobilization of core and non-core resources:

  • Efficiently support resource mobilization for the Executive Secretary and senior management in all aspects, including core and non-core resource.
  • Support and create new partnerships with non-traditional donors, particularly corporations, the investment sector, and the financial sector;
  • Contribute to the development of corporate policies and procedures for core and non-core resource mobilization, including through strategic partners.

3.  Effective Internal and External Donor Relations:

  • Utilize deep national context knowledge to identify interventions for UNCDF support and influence donor countries’ budget and decision-making.
  • Build and maintain UNCDF’s visibility and reputation at relevant financial conferences and investor events;
  • Foster strong internal and external relationships, including with Representation Offices and Practice Area Leaders for donor countries and private sector partners.

4.  Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing:

  • Identification and formulation of lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader CO knowledge management efforts;
  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice; and
  • Organization and conduct of trainings on RM and partnerships building in the Country Office.

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Candidate must be enrolled in a degree programme in Business Administration, Economic Development, Economics, Finance,  or another related field.

Applicants to the UNCDF 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.

Desirable Skillset & Experience: 

  • Experience creating presentations, creating Excel files and writing papers that capture complex concepts and put them into 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; organized; able to multitask, balance multiple responsibilities, and work to deadline.

Additional assignment-specific qualifications: 

  • Solid understanding of international development.


  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in French desirable;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages will be considered a plus

Duration of Initial Contract : The initial contract duration for this internship is 3 to 6 months.


The application deadline is November 30, 2023, at midnight in New York, USA.

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Type of Opportunity Internships
Deadline30 November,2023
CityNew York



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