Strategy and Innovation Research Intern (x2)

Application Deadline :05-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months to 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :17 September 2018 - 31 December 2018 with extension up to 15 March 2019


The United Nations Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. With annual budget of US$5billion, it is the largest development services provider in the UN system. UNDP works with a wide range of partners, including governments, multilateral institutions such as the international financial institutions, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and media.

The intern will be working in the Strategy and Innovation Unit (SIU) located within the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. The Unit constitutes the ‘nerve centre’ responsible for providing forward-looking strategic analysis and supporting the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing partnerships and innovative resource mobilization opportunities to support the Sustainable Development Goals.

2018 is a critical year for the #newGENUNDP and implementing UNDP’s new Strategic Plan to work towards the 2030 Agenda. This massive undertaking requires new ways of working, partnering, financing and reporting. SIU will lead the organization’s effort to mobilize resources from partnering with the private sector using existing and innovative financing mechanisms. The intern will work in a team under the supervision of the Director of the Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide analytical and strategic support to develop and prototype resource-based and innovative partnerships

  • Research, map, compile and organize potential partnership opportunities with the private sector to develop market-based solutions to development in key industries

  • Reach out, arrange and support engagements with target private sector actors (companies and foundations) to mobilize financial and in-kind resources for development projects

  • Support the preparation of a pipeline of bankable project ideas and leverage innovative technologies and solutions for development

  • Support the management of the Private Sector Resource Mobilization Toolkit by maintaining the content of current donor and market information

  • Provide assistance in writing analytical and strategic papers around development funding

  • Provide assistance in curating content, writing and preparing presentations for high level meetings, potential partnerships and internal papers

  • Provide ad hoc support on relevant assignments as required


  • Understanding of international economic and development issues

  • Strong research skills, writing, editing, verbal presentation

  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills

  • Ability to work and interact with individuals in a multicultural environment, independently and deliver with tight deadlines

  • Copyrighting skills desirable

  • Self-motivated with ability to multitask multiple assignments and pay attention to details

Required Skills and Experience


  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s / postgraduate university in MBA, economics, marketing, international relations or related field


  • Knowledge and experience in international development and finance, business strategy development, public-private partnership and related areas

  • Experience in research, analyzing and synthesizing a large amount of data and produce knowledge products

  • Relevant experience in fund raising, private sector partnership and innovation is desirable

  • Business background is desirable


  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Benefits of Internship

  • Access to open events and brown bag lunches at UNDP and UN

  • Opportunities to participate in campaigns or events towards SDGs

  • Networking opportunities with UN staff and other Interns in the UN System

  • Collaboration with Partnerships Group, UN System Coordination Affairs Group and Communication Group in BERA when opportunity arises


UNDP may accept interns provided the following conditions are met:

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP

  • The costs associated 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 or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, visa, etc.

  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.

  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Once the candidate has been selected, the following additional documents need to be submitted:

  • Copy of updated CV/resume

  • Official letter from University confirming enrollment in graduate program & graduation date

  • Copy of school transcript

  • Letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance

  • A brief cover letter setting out the reasons why he/she is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience

  • Writing sample

In addition, selected candidate will need to:

  • Have a valid visa to work in the US

  • Provide proof of medical and life insurance

  • Provide a Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician

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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.

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