SDG Impact Intern

Location : Home based
Application Deadline :10-Jun-20 (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 :2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 months



Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 requires enterprises and investors to manage their impact to mitigate or minimize negative externalities and use their capabilities to drive positive change. To enable different organizations to play their respective roles in advancing the Global Goals, we need widely agreed standards for what constitutes ‘good’ impact measurement and management practice in relation to the SDGs. As more and different actors enter the field, we need standards that set expectations for good practice and accountability and processes for assurance of practice.

SDG Impact, an initiative of UNDP, seeks to catalyze financial investments from the private sector that advance the SDGs. As interest grows among private sector actors to align investment activity with the SDGs, there is a demonstrated need for unifying standards, tools, and services that can be relied upon by investors to support a process of targeting, measuring and achieving development outcomes. SDG Impact is working to eliminate barriers and drive more integrity for SDG-enabling investment at scale by developing a set of products to empower investors with clarity, insights and tools to authenticate their contribution to the achievement of the SDGs. 

About UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 176 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners that can bring about results. UNDP, as an integral part of its mission to fight poverty and improve the lives of people around the world, is committed to being open, transparent and accountable.

SDG Impact’s Three Service Areas:

Impact management

SDG Impact Management Standards:  Developing a set of global practice assurance standards for how investors and enterprises manage and measure their impacts on the SDGs.

Online training program on SDG impact management and measurement, the SDG Impact standards and Seal.

SDG Impact Seal: The standards will be codified into a scoring system and provide the basis for a global certification Seal, which will certify that enterprises and investors have processes in place to define, manage and measure their impacts on the SDGs. A process for accrediting independent certifiers will be created who will be responsible for the certification process.

Impact Intelligence - SDG investment opportunities and impact data:

SDG Investor Maps: UNDP Country Offices will lead research and preparation of market intelligence for private sector investors to translate country level SDG gaps and priorities into private sector investment opportunities. The Maps will provide investors with insights into local market conditions, local SDG investment opportunities that 

This market intelligence will provide data that helps highlight the business opportunity as well as the expected development impact of such investments.

Impact Facilitation - investor forums and policy dialogues:

Based on the impact market intelligence, SDG Impact will facilitate investor forums to increasing SDG enabling and aligned private sector investments in the country. Public-private policy dialogues will be convened to identify recommendations to improve the enabling environment for SDG aligned investments.


Duties and Responsibilities

The overall purpose of this assignment is to support the activities and logistics associated to the Impact Management Pillar of SDG Impact, specifically, by providing the team with support to the June-August consultations of the Practice Assurance Standards for Bonds and Private Equity, as well as related Impact Management events. Responsibilities will include:

  • Support the organization of consultation sessions on the standards with UN agencies, civil society organizations, and industry, including logistical support for June-August industry consultations of the Practice Assurance Standard and related events.
  • Drafting meeting minutes and summaries.
  • Supporting outreach activities to consultations and events attendees.
  • Track attendance, keep distributions lists up to take, and track communications on the Practice Assurance Standards.
  • Oversee the SDG Impact corporate email account and website to organize and catalogue feedback on the Practice Assurance. Standards.
  • Support the SDG Impact team with additional tasks as required.



  • Self-starter, proven ability to work independently and in an entrepreneurial setting;
  • Strong motivation and ability to work and deliver under pressure and short deadlines;
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to coordinate well with UNDP partner agencies;
  • Proficiency in Excel;
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in and outside UNDP; and
  • Respectful of the mandates and roles of different partners, particularly government supported institutions and is able to build and sustain productive and mutually beneficial partnerships.   


  • Demonstrates and promotes the highest standard of integrity, impartiality, fairness and incorruptibility in all matters affecting his/her work and status
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues inside UN/UNDP as well as its partners and other stakeholders to pursue common goals
  • Delivers verbal/written information in a timely, clear, organized and easily understood manner
  • Remains calm, composed and patient, regardless of his/her own state of mind in the face of conflict


Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, development studies, or related areas required. Demonstrated interest in impact management preferred.


  • Knowledge of international development, SDGs, and commitment to sustainable development required.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English required. Proficiency in Spanish and/or French is an asset.
  • Past experience organizing events, producing meeting summaries, and tracking correspondence is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Zoom and other online platforms for remote work is an asset.
  • Knowledge of impact management principles, practices, standards and relevant experience and understanding of impact management is an asset.
  • Recognized as a team player.
  • Capacity to deal with conflicting priorities and deliver high quality work on schedule.
  • Willingness to learn and contribute to a dynamic, home-based team.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; Working knowledge of Spanish and/or French is an asset

NOTE: Interns with UNDP working remotely are not eligible for stipends.

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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