Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Brussels, BELGIUM
Application Deadline :01-Jan-18 (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 :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. This last mile is where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded.

MM4P is a programme launched by UNCDF in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation. MM4P provides support to branchless and mobile financial services in a select group of LDCs to demonstrate how the correct mix of financial, technical and policy support can build a robust branchless and mobile financial services ecosystem that reaches low income people in LDCs. MM4P is currently present in Benin, Laos, , Malawi, Nepal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia. The programme is currently managing a portfolio of around fifty ongoing projects and more than seventy contracts.

MM4P is looking for an operations intern to support its core activities in Programme monitoring, Procurement, Finance, Travel, Human Resources, Administration and Planning.


Duties and Responsibilities

The key result expected is the effective support to the Operations department of MM4P. The key activities of the intern will involve the following: 

  • Updating and reviewing project and contract databases (Excel);
  • Supporting the team in a creation of a comprehensive database;
  • Supporting in the tracking and monitoring of the project’s progress ( budget and activities);
  • Maintaining update planning toolkit such excel pipeline and Teamwork;
  • Providing support in procurement: setting up interview calls, requesting quotes from companies, maintain a clear filing system etc;
  • Supporting in organizing events and workshops of the programme;
  • Providing organizational support for missions planning and travel bookings;
  • Providing support in liaising with the country teams to ensure that all files and reports are submitted and that the filing system is up to date;
  • Supporting the Operations team in other related tasks that may arise.

Work Arrangements

  • The intern will work full-time in the Brussels UNCDF office;
  • Work space will be provided and the intern will have access to a computer;
  • Internships are not remunerated. UNCDF policies do not provide for interns to be compensated for travel, salaries and living expenses.


  • Strong ability to communicate and function effectively in local/international/multicultural environment;
  • Data gathering and implementation of management systems;
  • Maintains effective client relationships;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Respect for diversity;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Commitment to UNCDF`s vision, mission, and strategic goals.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme or master’s programme at the time of application and during the internship (if a candidate is graduating before the internship period begins, they are no longer eligible); or
  • Pursuing their university/college studies, having completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree, if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages;
  • Not having graduated prior to the beginning of the internship. 


  • Excellent computer capabilities (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Excellent analytical skills and good problem-solving attitude;
  • Demonstrated interest in the United Nations and international economic development topics;
  • Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills;
  • Able to take initiative and work independently;
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks.


Fluent in English and French.


  • Interns are not considered staff members;
  • All costs connected with an intern's participation in the programme must be borne by the students or the nominating institutions as appropriate.


The top 3 shortlisted candidates shall be invited for an interview and a written test to assess analytical and communication competencies.


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