Research Intern

Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :13-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

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 Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) offers a selected group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to IICPSD's work as a center of excellence for private sector in development. It is designed to provide support to IICPSD’s applied research and policy advisory services and to complement the interns’ practical experience in various issues related to private sector engagement, skills generation, impact investing and other topics of international development. The Programme operates under the rules and regulations of the UNDP Internship Policy.

UNDP IICPSD leads UNDP’s private sector strategy, mobilizing private sector to engage in development. IICPSD convenes stakeholders from public and private industry as well as foundations to facilitate knowledge sharing and partnerships, catalyzes private sector actors for developing products and initiatives for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and provides support to raise capital through innovative financing models such as blended finance.

UNDP IICPSD’s impact investing work stream is based on two pillars: Conventional finance and Islamic finance.

IICPSD and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) established the Global Islamic Finance and Impact Investing Platform (GIFIIP) in 2016 to position Islamic finance and impact investing as leading enablers of SDG implementation around the world. Bringing together the private sector, governments and key stakeholders operating in the Islamic finance and impact investing markets, the platform aims to promote market-based solutions to sustainable development challenges.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties that the intern will be expected to carry out are: Provide research, writing and editing support on issues related to Islamic finance and impact investing; Support publishing knowledge stories/best practices on Islamic finance and impact investing; Contribute to designing and implementation of initiatives, projects or programmes; Provide administrative support on an as-needed basis; Prepare relevant communications materials (speeches, brochures, success stories, social media materials etc.); Collaborate on the development and execution of online content (images, infographics, videos, blogs etc.) and campaigns delivered across various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Other relevant tasks as deemed necessary by the supervisor.


Technical/Functional Competencies: Excellent research and writing skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude and strong communication skills; Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision and collaborate with a wide range of colleagues while meeting deadlines; Excellent interpersonal skills: being able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of players, being able to work independently, being pro-active and taking initiative; Be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Personal Competencies: Commitment to UNDP's mission, vision and values; Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences; Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: a) be enrolled in a second university degree programme (Master Degree); b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (Bachelor Degree); or c) have graduated with a university degree in fields such as economics, finance, business, development, international relations, law, public administration or similar and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation. Experience: Experience in academic writing, research and analysis on sustainable development, impact investing, SDG financing and Islamic finance is an asset; Knowledge on the Afghanistan regional context is desirable; Computer literate in standard software applications; Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UNDP in particular, and have a personal commitment to UNDP's Statement of Purpose and to the ideals of the UN Charter; Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs; Previous experience on economics and finance research, preferably with a perspective on Islamic finance is an asset; Previous experience on project designing and implementation is an asset;

Social media account management and content development skills are desirable.

Language: Strong spoken and written Persian(Dari) and English are required; Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

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