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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.
Duties and Responsibilities Partnerships, Policy and communications Unit
The intern, under the guidance of the Head of Partnerships, Policy, and Communications (PPC) Unit, and in collaboration with the Sustainable Finance and Partnerships Specialist in the PPC Unit, will contribute to the following key functions:
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;
Identification of specific areas for support, building on UNCDF comparative advantages and UNCDF programmatic objectives in country.
Provides timely and professional response to COs requests for support on matters of partnerships-building.
2. Support to mobilization of core and non-core resources:
Provide effective and efficient support to the Executive Secretary and senior management in the mobilization of core and non-core resources in all aspects of resource mobilization;
Support and create new partnerships with non-traditional donors, particularly corporations, the investment sector, and the financial sector;
Identify and develop opportunities for non-core resource mobilization and advise country offices and headquarters units on appropriate strategies and approaches to seize them; and
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:
Based on in-depth knowledge of national environments, identify targeted interventions to mobilize support for UNCDF and influence positively donor countries’ national budgetary and other decision-making processes;
Build and maintain UNCDF’s visibility and reputation at relevant financial conferences and investor events;
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 .
Education: Candidates must be currently enrolled in a degree program in fields such as Business Administration, Economic Development, Economics, Finance, or a related field.
Eligibility Criteria for UNCDF Internship: Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) Be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher). (b) Be 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 commence the internship within one year of graduation.
Desirable Skillset & Experience:
Proficiency in creating presentations, Excel files, and writing papers that simplify complex concepts.
Experience in finance transactions or financial modeling.
Previous experience in a consulting firm or an investment bank is a valuable asset.
Self-motivated, organized, capable of multitasking, and meeting deadlines.
Additional Qualifications Specific to the Assignment: Strong understanding of international development.
Proficiency in English is required. Proficiency in French is desirable.