MPTF Office/BMS/UNDP General Call for Internship Opportunity 2021

Location : New York-Home based
Application Deadline :28-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 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.


The MPTF Office is a UN center of expertise on pooled financing mechanisms. It supports development effectiveness and UN coherence through the efficient, accountable and transparent design and administration of innovative pooled financing instruments as well as provision of advisory services for fund operations. Housed within UNDP, the MPTF Office is firewalled from all UN implementing entities, UNDP included. The MPTF Office has put in place a number of tools and systems to support its fund administration services, including a separate General Ledger Business Unit in ATLAS (MDTF1) and the MDTF Office GATEWAY (see

The MPTF Office’s current portfolio is over $14 billion in total (> 1.4 billion/year) and includes over 100 pooled financing mechanisms (country-level and global MDTFs, Joint Programmes (JPs) and National Funds), established for humanitarian, transition, development and climate change activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the assigned reporting manager, the Intern will support the design and management of innovative Financial Mechanisms. The typical tasks performed by interns include:

  • Conduct research on developing Fund Investment Plan and best practices in Fund portfolio management.
  • Support the Senior Fund Manager in stakeholder consultations.
  • Write short reports, briefs, concept notes and prepare PowerPoint presentations.
  • Assist in the organization of meetings and other events; and
  • Assist in publishing knowledge stories/best practices, etc.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the reporting managers.



  • Communication
  • Delivery
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • People Management


  • Excellent research skills, combined with a proven analytical aptitude and ability to tap into a vast array of traditional and new knowledge sources.


  • Strong organizational, time management, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work flexibly.


  • Demonstrates intercultural sensitivity in a multicultural environment.


  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree programme in Social Sciences, International Relations, Economic Development, Economics, Finance, Journalism, Political Science, Communications, Graphic Design, Marketing or another related field.
  • Applicants to the internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
  • (a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • (b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • No professional experience necessary.

Language Requirements

  • All applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English;
  • Additional UN languages (especially French, and Spanish) are a distinct advantage.

General Internships Terms & Conditions

  • Internship programme is governed by the UNDP Internship policy framework & rules.
  • Under the new revised UNDP internship policy, MPTF Office will provide a modest monthly internship stipend to its interns, in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy.

Duration of internship

  • The internship assignment is for a period of maximum of 6 months.
  • Full Time Internship program is 40 hours a week. Internships may be part time or full time.  

Health and Medical Insurance

  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must therefore carry adequate and regular medical insurance. Proof of medical coverage must be provided before the internship starts.

Further career opportunities

  • The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with  MPTF Office /BMS/UNDP but to complement a student’s studies. Interns wishing to be considered for employment with MPTFO/UNDP even if otherwise fully qualified, are not eligible for consideration for employment during their internship. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.

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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.

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