Intern for Private Sector, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development (IGSD) Cluster


Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :09-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :3 to 6 months

Background

In line with its Private Sector and Foundation Strategy, UNDP is becoming increasingly well positioned to support innovative approaches of inclusive market and business development engaging with the private sector and other stakeholders to improve opportunities for the poor to participate in markets as producers, employees or consumers.

With Africa being a major focus of UNDPs work, a strategic, regional Private Sector and Inclusive Market Development for Poverty Reduction in Africa project, the “African Facility for Inclusive Markets” (AFIM), operated from November 2010 to 2014. AFIM is now part of the Regional Bureau for Africa’s Regional Programme Document (RPD), under Outcome 1, “Growth and development are inclusive and sustainable, incorporating productive capacities that create employment and livelihoods, especially for the poor and excluded”, and more specifically Output 3: Regional and sub regional systems and institutions enabled to support countries to achieve structural transformation of productive capacities that are sustainable and jobs- and livelihoods-intensive.

The Regional Programme is implemented by private sector personnel part of the Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development (IGSD) Cluster of the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The main initiatives in relation to private sector work under Outcome 1 / Output 3 are as follows:

Activity result 3.1.1 - Regional institutional capacity enhanced

  • Facilitate inclusive business and inclusive markets through support to establishing an African Inclusive Markets Excellence Centre (AIMEC);
  • Advance regional agri-food value chains in Africa;
  • Advance sustainable and resilient food value chains in Africa;
  • Support follow up to Great Lakes Region Private Sector Investment Conference.

Activity result 3.1.2 - Transformation of productive capacities

  • Support field implementation of regional Agribusiness Supplier Development Programme (ASDP) in six focus countries;
  • Support inclusive business ecosystem building initiatives in three focus countries;
  • Finalise design of and roll out an interactive African youth entrepreneurs online portal;
  • Support the implementation of the African Impact Investment Action Plan;
  • Support the finalization of the informal economy EU-ACP project proposal.

Additionally, the IGSD Cluster also provides on-demand support to 46 UNDP Country Offices (COs) in the Regional Bureau for Africa, in the area of private sector development and engagement.

The IGSD Cluster would like to recruit an intern to provide programmatic support to its regional private sector initiatives in Africa. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Private Sector Special Advisor of the IGSD Cluster, the intern shall perform, inter alia, the following tasks:

Programme Implementation:

  • Draft, review and edit concepts notes and project documents;
  • Undertake necessary follow-up with programme partners;
  • Participate in meetings and capture discussions.

Research and Data Management:

  • Undertake research on relevant initiatives in areas of interest;
  • Manage files and online database of related documents in a structured way.

Knowledge Management and Communication:

  • Draft, review and edit knowledge products, speeches and presentation;
  • Prepare relevant materials (brochure, newsletter, success stories etc.);
  • Assist in developing and disseminating products;
  • Undertake regular website updates.

The more specific focus will be decided in consultation with the intern; taking into account his / her skills development interests.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive / integrate feedback;
  • Works collaboratively with team members by sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;
  • Positive and results-oriented attitude.

Technical / Functional Competencies:

  • Strong analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills;
  • Good writing and researching skills;
  • Good organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work flexibly and meet tight deadlines;
  • Attention to details and proven 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;
  • Works collaboratively with team members by sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;
  • Positive and results-oriented attitude.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); in the fields of business, economics or development studies, or any other field in the social sciences;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Experience:

  • Work experience considered as an asset; but it is not a requirement;
  • Understanding of sustainable development and private sector development and engagement would be beneficial;
  • 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.

Language:

  • Proficiency in English;
  • Knowledge of French would be an asset.

Intern requiements:

  • Applicants should indicate which months they are available part and/or full time and when they complete their studies;
  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • The Intern is expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for his/her education programme;
  • The intern will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation etc.;
  • Additional information regarding the UNDP Internship Programme may be obtained at http://www.undp.org/internships.


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