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Internship - Partnerships and Communications
|Location :||Geneva, Switzerland, SWITZERLAND|
|Application Deadline :||10-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 Months (with possibility of up to 3 months' extension)|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To respond effectively to complex development challenges, partnership is at the heart of everything UNDP does. In the organization, the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) leads and supports UNDP in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances with Member States, UN sister agencies, private sector and civil society, that are essential for successfully achieving its mission of advancing the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
The UNDP Geneva Representation Office (GRO) is an integrated partnership office, led by BERA, working across programmatic and representational functions. It contributes to UNDP’s mission by engaging and forging partnerships with a wide range of partners in Geneva and across Europe to support the attainment of the SDGs. As emphasized during the 2020’s review of UNDP’s External Relations, in addition to leading donor relations with Switzerland and France and contributing to intergovernmental processes with Member States Permanent Missions, the Office has a specific responsibility for the development of partnerships with UN sister agencies and other international organisations headquartered in Geneva, as well as with the private sector, in particular the finance community.
The SDG Finance Geneva Summit (SGS Geneva) is an initiative of UNDP Geneva which advocates for a stronger engagement of the private sector towards the 2030 Agenda, mobilizes financial resources to accelerate the realization of the SDGs, and promotes SDG-aligned finance. Within this overall objective, the event seeks to: i) showcase and facilitate the sourcing of SDG innovations developed by impact ventures in developing countries; ii) advocate for and advance knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of SDG-aligned investments; and iii) create a safe space for high level networking among stakeholders across sectors and facilitate partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs. As an invitation-only forum, the Summit garters around 250 decision-makers from impact investors, large banking and financial actors, large corporate firms, academia, representatives of UN and bilateral development agencies, and UNDP experts. The 2021 edition of the Summit will happen in a hybrid format in Geneva in December 2021.
In addition, through relevant coverage and participation in intergovernmental and UN agency debates, the UNDP Geneva Office provides intelligence to UNDP’s senior management to help shape corporate positioning and UNDP engagement strategies on specific thematic areas, such as inequality, climate and environment, and crisis prevention and response. Furthermore, it also tracks trends and opportunities in the external political environment that may affect UNDP’s mandate, for instance in the areas of innovation for development or private sector engagement for the SDGs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Communication and Partnerships Development Specialists and overall guidance of the UNDP Geneva Representation Office Director, and working closely with relevant UNDP teams in BERA and in the UNDP’s Global Policy Network (comprising of the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support and the Crisis Bureau), the Partnerships and Communication intern will be in charge of supporting:
Strategic analysis and partnership development (30%):
Communication and advocacy (40%):
Knowledge management and administrative support (30%):
Required Skills and Experience
In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of the following documents: