UNCDF General Internship Call - Data analytics and research internships Asia (Multiple Opportunities)



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Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :30-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :14d 5h 40m
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 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.


Background

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 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.

UNCDF’s financing models work through three channels: (1) inclusive digital economies, which connects individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; (2) local development finance, which capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and (3) investment finance, which provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization.

By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty with a focus on reaching the last mile and addressing exclusion and inequalities of access. At the same time, UNCDF deploys its capital finance mandate in line with SDG 17 on the means of implementation, to unlock public and private finance for the poor at the local level. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs and currently to 28 of 169 targets.

The UNCDF has over a decade of experience in digital ?nance and inclusive economies in Africa, Asia and the Paci?c. UNCDF recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital ?nancial inclusion in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind. The vision of UNCDF is to empower millions of people to use services daily that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the SDGs. UNCDF will apply a market development approach and continuously seek to address underlying market dysfunctions.

 

UNCDF Remittances Portfolio

UNCDF aims to improve the functioning of the remittance market in order to improve the financial resilience of migrant families while strengthening economic development efforts of the origin and host countries. In doing so, UNCDF engages with public and private sector stakeholders to strengthen the capacity of the regulators to monitor and analyze the remittance transaction data towards evidence-based policy making, enable a conducive policy and regulatory environment, and deliver financial and technical assistance to a wide range of financial institutions (e.g. banks, cooperatives, microfinance institutions, money transfer operators, and mobile networks operators) to improve the digital remittance ecosystem and design migrant-centric financial products and services (e.g. savings, credit, insurance, payment services, remittances, pension, and investment).

The overarching goal of the UNCDF remittances portfolio is to enable inclusive digital economies that support migrants and recipient families towards economic inclusion, financial resilience and health. At the customer level, this means migrants and their families would have better financial, digital and commerce capabilities, including access to jobs and markets.

The UNCDF data and research agenda aims to address two broad action research questions:

  • To what degree can the shift from cash to digital remittances strengthen the financial inclusion, resilience and inclusive growth of migrants and their families?
  • How can we improve policy and innovation to ensure digital remittances reach the last mile (low-income, women, youth)?

At micro or household level, digital remittance and fintech solutions have the potential to reach women and people with low incomes – thereby contributing to women’s empowerment, financial inclusion and inclusive economic growth. Several known pathways exist through which remittances and linked financial services can improve the financial resilience of households. Among others, these include: as a buffer to shocks; through an increase in the incomes of migrants as a factor of the channel of sending (digital versus non-digital); and through improvements in access to education, health, housing and other matters of financial resilience for the receiving household members. Moreover, digital remittances can be more easily linked to other financial services such as savings, insurance and pensions which can further improve wider financial inclusion and resilience.  Remittances may thereby seem to be one of the most obvious financial services for fostering positive effects for recipient households in developing economies – yet clear insights on this are limited as few impact evaluations have been done. There is little clarity on the actual impact effects of digital remittances innovations on inclusive growth and financial inclusion, resilience and health and women’s economic empowerment.

 

UNCDF is seeking qualified data analytics and research interns to accelerate the learning agenda and the effective monitoring and evaluation under UNCDF remittances portfolio.

General Call for 2021 Internship Applications: This is a general call for internships from January 2021 throughout 2021.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

The key activities of the Intern will involve the following:

  • Draft deep-dive thematic research on migrant and remittances with specific reference to gender, youth, MSMEs, using demand- and supply side data. 
  • Draft demand side analytics on financial access and national surveys such as Findex, Finscope, Intermedia, National Household Surveys, Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring, Enterprise Development Surveys - to support the development of (gender-disaggregated) thematic research and M&E works.
  • Support the supply side analysis using anonymized customer and transaction level data of remittance service providers to track financial service usage and impacts by conducting gender, age and other demographic disaggregated data analysis.

Support in data curation and analytics and experimenting with new data techniques

  • Support in Data curation, maintain, acquire and mine the remittance service providers and demand side datasets.
  • Maintain and update the national survey datasets.
  • Support the development of financial inclusion and SDG-related dashboards.
  • Support in the experimentation of new survey methods for impact measurement including mobile phone surveys (e.g. on finance and poverty, empowerment, etc).   

Support systematic case study analyses on remittance and migrant

  • Deep dive into quarterly reports to draft case studies. Support in maintaining and updating the qualitative database for case study analyses of the progress of innovation partners in implementing their digital finance and Fintech innovations.
  • Conduct desk and literature review on digital and Fintech solutions and keep abreast of latest insights in market trends and impact research.

Support migrant centric product development

  • Support in qualitative and quantitative study on customer journey mapping.
  • Support in data collection and survey design on migrant centric production development.
  • Conduct data cleaning, data curation and visualization to inform the product design.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Support in content development for easy-to-use knowledge products including blogs, website materials, infographic, presentations etc. Review and edit, working papers, research and communications materials;
  • Synthesize and summarize research outcomes and lessons learned into formats tailored to government, digital finance service providers, private sector and donors.

 


Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Commitment to UNCDFs vision, mission, and strategic goals;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills;
  • Able to work effectively in a team and in an international environment.

 

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrable skills in research, analytical thinking, and communication;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English;
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
  • Able to take initiative and work independently, with minimum supervision;
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills with ability to work under pressure within an international setting;
  • Interest in the UN system and general knowledge of development issues is a plus;
  • Ability to perform a variety of administrative tasks.


Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  3. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

 

Work Experience and Desired Skillset:

  • Demonstrated experience (part or full-time, paid or volunteer) in economics, policy related work, finance, inclusive finance or related fields;
  • Demonstrated research and analytical capacity;
  • Excellent computer capabilities.
  • Experienced in STATA, R-Studio, Tableau, Nvivo, Power-BI, Python, GIS Mapping software’s, or other similar data analytic tools.

 

Language:

  • Strong writing and speaking abilities in English.

 

Work arrangements:

  • The Intern will work full-time in the Bangkok office.
  • Work space will be provided; Interns are expected to use their own computer/laptop as they may not have full-time access to office computer/laptop

 

Internship conditions:

  • UNCDF Internship Programme is governed by the UNDP Internship Policy Framework and Rules.
  • The maximum possible internship duration is 6 months.
  • Interns are partially financially remunerated by UNCDF. The costs associated with the assignment will be partially supported by UNCDF and the rest to 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, accommodation, etc. Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out (i.e. Bangkok, Thailand).
  • Under the new revised UNDP Internship Policy, UNCDF will provide a modest monthly internship stipend to its interns, in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship Policy. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the Intern or her/his sponsoring entity/institution.
  • Selected interns must be able to share proof of education enrolment and/ or graduation, medical/health and life/accident insurance, valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out and be able to provide insurance documentary proof at the time of their selection.
  • It is expected that due to CoVID-19 restrictions in place, the most- immediate internship assignments will be home-based till the situation in respective duty station improves.
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNCDF but to complement an Intern’s studies and learning growth.
  • There is no expectation of employment at the end of these internships.
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNCDF in any official capacity.

Evaluation:

Shortlisted candidates shall be invited for an interview, candidates who were not shortlisted will not be notified. Candidates will be evaluated mainly from 4 aspects:

  • Working and/or research experience in relevant area;
  • Knowledge on financial inclusion, development finance, remittance and migrants and SDGs;
  • Data analytic skills;
  • Communication skills.

 

Application:

Please group all your documents into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload a maximum of one document.

  • In your application, please state in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship and your primary motivation to apply for this role;
  • Please note that you will need to answer the mandatory questions on timeframe and availability (under Additional Questions section), which is a part of the internship application process, in addition to your cover letter.
  • Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UNCDF Internship Application form: http://www.uncdf.org/download/file/127/2509/internshipdoc 
  • Applications should include the application form and latest resume. Applicants are welcome to submit any additional work samples or portfolios in one single file, preferably PDF.
  • Please note that the UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents (CV/ Resume, Cover Letter etc. into a single file before uploading).
  • Interested candidates can apply at any time indicating the timeframe of their availability in the internship form. However, only those candidates selected for interviews / further assessment by hiring managers will be contacted.  

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

General Call for 2021 Internship Applications: This is a general call for internships from January 2021 throughout 2021.

We accept applications from interested and qualified applicants, on an ongoing basis for the Migration and Remittance portfolio for the Bangkok office. Interested Candidates can apply at any time indicating the timeframe of their availability in the internship form.



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