Internship YouthStart Youth Map (UNCDF)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :16-Mar-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 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.


United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. The INTERN will be part of the YouthStart Programme. YouthStart is a $12 million project supported by The MasterCard Foundation in partnership with UNCDF launched in 2010 to spur innovation and delivery of financial services for youth in Africa and mainstream them into inclusive financial sectors. YouthStart has three main objectives: 1) Catalyse efforts by financial institutions to innovate financial services for at least 200,000 poor youth (at least half female); 2) Build capacity to offer youth sustainable, quality financial services; and 3) Share learning with a range of stakeholders to mainstream youth into financial sectors. The YouthStart program works with 10 Financial Service Providers (FSPs) across 8 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to achieve its objectives of building capacity of financial institutions to effectively and sustainably, innovate and deliver quality financial services to low-income young people. As of December 2014, YouthStart partners have provided access to savings for over 514,000 youth, access to loans to 71,735 young entrepreneurs and have provided financial literacy and other non-financial services (NFS) to 502,600 youth. As of December 2014, all 10 FSPs had mobilized o US $14.2 million in savings and had a gross loan portfolio of US $7.3 million.

Information on YouthStart may be found at

Duties and Responsibilities

With the success of the YouthStart Regional Pilot, YouthStart plans to deepen its presence in Africa and expand to other regions such as Southeast Asia. In order to achieve this, YS will be conducting an in-depth mapping of the youth economic opportunities ecosystem in select countries. Under the supervision of the YouthStart Programme Manager the intern will undertake the following activities in Uganda:

  • Conduct desk research to identify available information and contacts of youth NGOs, UN Agencies, donors and youth groups operating in Uganda. The desk research should also help them to identify contacts in the relevant ministries involved with youth and leads on policies and regulations affecting the youth economic opportunities environment and synthesized in a comprehensive database;
  • Interview key stake holders intervening in the YEO ecosystem in Uganda. As there may be several potential stakeholders, the intern will work with the YouthStart Programme Manager and UCNDF country staff to determine which key interviews to conduct for each group of stakeholders;
  • Support the YouthStart Programme Manager and other UNCDF country staff in analysing data collected from the different sources
  • Prepare a final research report that incorporates a list of the most relevant programmes/organizations  to partner with in an eventual expansion of YouthStart.


  • Demonstrated research and analytical capacity;
  • Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills;
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
  • Able to take initiative and work independently, with minimum supervision;
  • Able to work effectively in a team and in an international environment;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Commitment to UNCDFs vision, mission, and strategic goals.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled in a masters programme in economic development,  finance, business or public administration or related field,


  • Demonstrated experience, part or full-time, paid or volunteer, in microfinance, inclusive finance, or related fields of finance, development, mobile money or technology for development, research, advocacy, and policy development.


  • Fluency in English and proficiency in French;
  • Excellent writing skills in English.


  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNCDF;
  • The costs associated with the latter 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/her own arrangements for travel to and accommodation at the duty station (i.e. Kampala);
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out (i.e. Kampala, Uganda).
  • Travel expenses to conduct the activities in objective 2 will be paid by UNCDF;
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and called for a motivational interview that will take place on an ongoing basis;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNCDF but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UNCDF Internship Application form:

UNCDF 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.

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