Application Deadline :28-Mar-14
Additional CategoryPoverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)


UNCDF makes investments in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Its overall goal is to reduce poverty in the LDCs and to help them achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It does so by investing in two Practice Areas, Local Development and Microfinance, while striving to strengthen Organizational Performance.

The INTERN will be part of the UNCDF Partnerships and Communication Unit (PU Unit). Under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of the PU Unit and working closely with the Head of Communications and the Associate Business Development Advisor, the UNCDF Strategic Partnerships Officer (SPDC-officer) will provide support to the development and implementation of UNCDF Business Development and Communications Strategy, including tasks related to (i) developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, (ii) knowledge management, (iii) resource mobilization and (iv) branding and communication, with a view to support the achievement of UNCDF’s Business Plan and Investment Plan objectives.

Under guidance and supervision of the Chief of the PU Unit, and in collaboration with the Head of Communications and Business Development Associate of the PU Unit, the Intern will undertake the following activities:

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Partnerships and External Relations

  • Support the PU Unit in the implementation of the UNCDF Partnerships and Communications Strategy, with a particular focus on (i) non-core resource mobilization, (ii) liaison with UNCDF country teams and (iii) donor intelligence;
  • Facilitate non-core resource mobilization efforts in (i) providing advice and support to project officers and regional managers regarding programme specific resource mobilization strategies and issues related to partnership agreements and funding modalities, (ii) drafting and updating of documents, such “Cofinancing Opportunities for Development Partners”, tailored for non-core resource mobilization needs in collaboration with the Programme Division and country teams, (iii) develop appropriate tools, training modules and strategies to support the UNCDF country teams to enhance their capacity for non-core resource mobilization and strategic partnership building in UNCDF donor countries, and (iv) advice on and assist in drafting of partnership agreements, program proposals and related issues;
  • Scan for, update and disseminate the latest business development intelligence enabling, in particular, the Programme Division to spot and take advantage of business development opportunities in local development and microfinance;
  • In collaboration with the Business Development Associate and Head of Communications, maintain on the intranet the information on business development and resource mobilization tools, templates, policies/procedures, lessons learned and donor intelligence;
  • Prepare briefs for UNCDF management on donor issues and relationship status.
  • Assist maintaining external and internal networks (e.g. BCPR, BRSP, COA) that support the effective implementation of UNCDF’s Business Development and Communication Strategy, with special focus on the mobilization of non-core resources;
  • Assist in other tasks related to business development and external relations.


  • Strong communication skills;
  • Good organizational and analytical skills, ability to take initiatives and work under pressure with short deadlines;
  • Good communication skills, ability to work effectively in a team and in an international environment;
  • Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills;
  • Able to take initiative and work independently;
  • Excellent research, analytical, communication, and writing  skills;
  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Commitment to UNCDFs vision, mission, and strategic goals. Ability to work under minimum supervision and tight deadlines;
  • Knowledge of social media.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Currently Enrolled in a Masters Degree in International Cooperation and Development, Social Sciences, Economics, Business Studies or related field.


  • Demonstrated Interest in Microfinance and questions related to development in general;
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment;
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks;
  • Excellent computer capabilities (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Proven skills in communication, networking and advocacy preferably within an international context;
  • Advanced computer skills. Experience in website content management, publication design, lay-out and editing would be an asset;


  • Full command of English. Working knowledge of an additional UN language is an asset.


  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNCDF. They are not staff members. The costs associated must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, visa, etc.;
  • Please submit a CV;
  • Kindly submit the form provided at  the bottom of the page in http://www.uncdf.org/en/internship-programme;
  • Please precise the subject of your research/thesis in your cover letter/motivation.

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