Intern – Tax for Sustainable Development Goals Initative Sustainable Finance Hub, UNDP HQ


Location : Home-based for New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :29-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :5d 6h 22m
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jun-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
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.


Background

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the knowledge frontier organization for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy and programme work, carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office (CO) levels, form a contiguous spectrum of deep, local knowledge to cutting edge global perspectives and advocacy.

The UNDP Tax for Sustainable Development Goals Initiative (Tax for SDGs) supports developing countries in increasing domestic resource mobilisation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is managed by the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS’s) Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH), with resource persons embedded in the SDG Finance Teams in Amman, Bangkok, Istanbul, Panama and Pretoria.

Taxes are the key funding source for investments in achieving the SDGs. Tax policy can influence desired behaviours and help attract additional investment. In addition, taxes are vital to fostering a stronger social contract between the citizens and the state. Tax for SDGs has a particular emphasis on linking tax administration and tax and fiscal policies with the broader SDGs. As one of its workstreams, Tax for SDGs continues to support the implementation of the joint OECD/UNDP Tax Inspectors Without Borders Initiative (TIWB). Further, building on UNDP CO portfolios and already existing engagements with Ministries, Tax for SDGs will bring a stronger focus on the role of tax and fiscal policy in achieving Agenda 2030. The project places a particular focus on reducing gender and social inequalities in tax and fiscal policy as well as taking forward climate action and environmental goals, and health outcomes. Representing the views of developing countries in the global normative tax discussions is critical and to this effect Tax for SDGs will also work to bring evidence and perspectives from developing countries into the regional and international discussions on taxation. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the rules and regulations of the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP Tax for SDGs offers an internship including, but not limited to the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Supporting ongoing and upcoming programme work related to TIWB, Tax and the SDGs at the global level and with different world regions;
  • Assisting the Tax for SDGs team with the preparation, running, and follow-up of meetings;
  • Conducting research, helping in compiling data, and conducting data analysis;
  • Supporting the development of briefs and talking points for key events and meetings, as needed;
  • Supporting the preparation of newsletters, press releases, reports, presentations, flyers, images, tweets, and social media content as needed;
  • Attending, supporting organization, and summarizing meetings, conferences, and side events to strengthen strategic engagement with UN system partners.


Competencies

  • Technical / Functional Competencies:
  • Good understanding of tax/fiscal policy, tax administration processes, public finance reforms and management.
  • Good understanding of Agenda 2030 and Financing for Development.
  • Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good writing skills;
  • Analytical aptitude, communication, and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work flexibly, innovatively, and meet tight deadlines;
  • Good organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills;
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently and effectively.
  • Personal Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive/ integrate feedback;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural
  • backgrounds to achieve organizational goals;
  • Establishes, builds, and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal
  • and external partners and support team efforts;
  • Positive and results-oriented attitude. 


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Currently enrolled in (a) a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) as a full-time student in taxation, economics, finance, law, political science, public policy, and other related fields or; (b) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year of graduation.

Work Experience

  • Although applicants are not required to have any work experience, however, up to two years of professional experience in the field of public finance/ fiscal policies/ taxation will be a strong asset;
  • A strong interest in the area of public finance/ fiscal policies/ taxation is required, which could be demonstrated by past work experience, education, or training;
  • Proficiency in the use of software like Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as digital collaboration and knowledge management tools;

Language

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English Language is required.

Application Process

  • Please upload your resume (not more than 2 pages), cover letter (one page), and transcripts as one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Conditions

  • A stipend of US$1000 per month (as per the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy);
  • All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government, or institutions;
  • UNDP interns accrue leave at a rate of 1.5 days per month;
  • During the internship period, interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with the UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health before starting the internship. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.


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