Intern–SDG Financing

Location : Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
Application Deadline :28-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
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.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) envisions to contribute to Africa’s efforts to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion through the implementation of UNDP’ s Strategic Plan. In view of the transforming development cooperation landscape and the ambitious goals set out by the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Africa Union Agenda 2063, it is more than ever crucial to mobilize the broad of financing flows, including public, private, domestic and international, towards the implementation of the SDG aligned national development priorities, while putting in place new, more effective and integrated approaches to managing public and private finance.

To support governments in the region to take initial steps and plan sequenced strategies for mobilizing and aligning public and private resources to the 2030 Agenda, UNDP RBA has established the Finance Sector Hub (FSH) in Pretoria. Through the FSH in Pretoria, UNDP RBA is becoming ready to deliver on its ambition of putting SDGs at the heart of financial systems by providing services to its members states across seven strategic areas of engagement including: (1) SDG Financing Strategies; (2) Budgeting for the SDGs; (3) Promoting SDG aligned debt and fiscal instruments; (4) Leveraging international public finance; (5) Unlocking private finance for the SDGs; (7) Aligning business strategies and operations for the SDGs; (8) and encouraging a standardized Impact measurement and reporting for financing the SDGs  and taking an approach to strengthening effective governance across our engagements.

The FSH team in Pretoria is looking for a competent intern who will support the South-South Cooperation and SDG Financing team leader. The intern will directly contribute to the ongoing initiative to establish Integrated National Financing Frameworks, focusing on the initial mapping of the financing flows that can support the realization of the SDGs at country level, including compiling data and analysis from different sources to cover the public, private, domestic and international financial related figures, policies and information about the institutions that govern them. The intern will provide relevant statistical analysis and support in the development of COVID19 adapted responses, particularly connected with the ongoing fiscal and financial packages and the building back better approach with a more robust approach to financing the SDGs, Particular importance will be given to the ability to formulate responses connected with digital financing mechanisms, as well scenarios and foresight building to assess the potential trajectories of development finance flows and implications for national priorities and the SDG. The intern will advocate for the SDGs Financing agenda, represents UNDP in meetings, and takes minutes as requested by his/her supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provides support to the SDG financing advisor in the INFF agenda, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Compilation, analysis and interpretation of financing flows related data, providing thorough research of the public and private financing issues of the client countries that the Hub is covering;
  • Provide statistical analysis on financing related issues in the client country and the development of relevant graphs and visuals; A.O.B as assigned.

2. Provides support to the FSH Africa programme development and implementation

  • Collect and analyze information for programme development connected with the COVID19 and SDG financing related responses
  • Provide assistance to programme implementation and monitoring where requested.

3.      Advocacy and promotion of SDGs Financing Agenda and the FSH service offer focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Advocate and support the SDG Financing agenda through research, preparing presentations and by participating in relevant forums, conferences and trainings. 
  • Support to monitoring progress and formulation of SDG Financing.
  • Support management of events and consultation meetings related to SDG Financing.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Interest and familiarity with development issues including Financing for Development related agenda and South-South Cooperation
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’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

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to provide quality policy notes and briefs on financing issues
  • Good research and data management skills
  • Statistical and analytic skills

Required Skills and Experience


  • At least First Degree in Economics


  • No work experience necessary but must be eager and proactive. 
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems and statistical analysis of data such as SPSS, Eviews, STRATA                                  
  • Understanding and familiarity with the SDGs, HDR and other economic policies related to social development, would be advantageous.

Language Requirements:

  • English (French or Portuguese will be an asset)

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