Intern Growing Sustainable Business (GSB) Japan Project, Private Sector Division (PSD)

Application Deadline :02-Apr-10 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3-6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Full-time (40 hours per week)


UNDP Private Sector Strategy
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognizes that achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) depends on vibrant economic growth, driven by private enterprises that create jobs and provide goods and services for the poor, as well as generate tax revenues to finance essential social and economic infrastructure. The private sector - from large multi-national companies to small enterprises and cooperatives servicing local markets - also has an essential role to play in achieving broader UNDP goals in areas such as energy and environmental service delivery, crisis prevention, gender equality and democratic governance.
The UNDP’s private sector interventions aim at facilitating the development of inclusive market with the prospect of sustainable pro-poor growth by increasing the poor’s access to markets for necessary products and services. UNDP bases its approach to the private sector on the concept of facilitating the development of ‘Inclusive Markets.’ The overall aim is to ensure that markets work better for the poor as entrepreneurs, wage employees and consumers.
In keeping with this approach UNDP focuses on five priorities. 
  1. Policy advisory support will be provided to governments that wish to establish legal and regulatory frameworks for rule based and non-discriminatory markets, including robust and transparent market institutions that promote fair competition whilst safeguarding the rights of producers, employees and consumers and ensuring the inclusion of the poor;
  2. Assistance will be provided for the development of integrated value chains in market sectors that offer the prospect of sustainable growth and transition to higher valued added and better remunerated forms of employment;
  3. Building on existing programmes in the area of pro-poor investment, further research on ‘bottom of the pyramid’ investment opportunities and sustainable business models will be undertaken in order to support countries to identify and facilitate the development of market sectors for key basic goods and services;
  4. Renewed efforts will be made to promote entrepreneurship for the poor. To this effect UNDP in conjunction with other development partners and the private sector will support the design and delivery of new best practice-based entrepreneurship development initiatives that are tailored to address local market realities;
  5. Continued efforts will be made to advocate for the use and alignment of private sector CSR resources in ways that contribute to the development of inclusive markets.
Global Initiatives of the Private Sector Division
UNDP also has a number of global programmes that are implemented at the national level with guidance and technical support from the Private Sector Division, Partnerships Bureau(PB) at headquarters. UNDP Private Sector Division has three complementary initiatives.
  1. Inclusive Market Development (IMD) and Growing Sustainable Business (GSB): Country level operational initiative to broker and support inclusive business approaches.
  2. Growing Inclusive Markets initiative (GIM): Global network for research, analysis and tools.
  3. Business Call to Action (BCtA): Global platform for visibility, advice and monitoring and tracking. 
The GSB Japan Project
GSB convenes different stakeholders to facilitate innovative business partnerships at country-level in support of the MDGs. The initiative grew out of the 2002 Global Compact Policy Dialogue on Business and Sustainable Development and is a key UNDP response to the report by the Commission on Private Sector and Development “Unleashing Entrepreneurship” 2004. The initiative was conceptualized by the private sector, announced and launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg 2002 - endorsed in a high level session.
There growing inclusive business model (Base at the Pyramid, BoP) movement in Japan and thus more companies are looking at inclusive business activities as new kind of business approach especially in emerging markets and developing countries. UNDP PSD has recognized the opportunities where more Japanese companies could engage into inclusive business activities and has set up a special project engaging with Japanese companies intending to work in African- and Asian developing countries.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the IMD Team Leader and PSD Deputy-Director, the intern shall perform, inter alia, the following tasks:
Communication & Knowledge Management- 40%
  • Prepare relevant communications materials in Japanese
  • Compile information on GSB projects
  • Support the writing of Japanese inclusive business model Case Studies
  • Support updates of Intranet, Internet and Teamworks as required
  • Support coordination with UNDP Tokyo Office
  • Translate between English and Japanese as required
Provide support for Planning, Programme and Operations Activities- 40%
  • Review, draft and edit concepts notes and presentations
  • Review and shape inclusive business models and partnership concepts
  • Participate in meetings
  • Perform other tasks as required
Conduct research and manage files - 20%
  • Including research on donors, markets for the poor, bottom of the pyramid business model case studies and pro poor sector analysis.


  • Excellent writing skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills.
  • Fluent in English and Japanese.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Computer proficiency: MS Office
  • Networking skills to engage with key internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work flexibly and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong understanding of PSD Strategy.
  • Effective communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to details and proven ability to work independently and effectively with minimum supervision.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate-level degree programme as a full-time student in development related fields.
  • Work experience, preferably in Japanese companies, considered as an asset.

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