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

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.

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.

The Intern will be part of the Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit in UNCDF Headquarters in New York (USA).

Under the guidance and supervision of the Knowledge Management and Communications Analyst, the Intern will support the implementation of the UNCDF Communications work-plan for 2021, including various related tasks to (i) Communications and Branding and (ii) Knowledge Management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Knowledge Management Analyst, and in close collaboration with the Communications Specialist and the Social Media Officer, as well as other colleagues in the Partnerships, Policy and Communications (PPC), the Intern will specifically be:

  • Updating content of UNCDF’s website, including technical documents, evergreen pages, and news texts.  
  • Keeping the website compliant with the organization’s branding, taxonomy and web management policies and guidelines.  
  • Sourcinng, editing and publishing photos and videos.  
  • Conceptualizing, creating and publishing visual pieces, like infographics, to improve user experience. 
  • Gathering and consolidating information for the website.  
  • Improving functionality, navigation and information architecture of the website. 
  • Creating evergreen webpages and news stories. 
  • Providing editorial and design inputs to enhance the site. 
  • Write blogs, feature and success stories about results achieved and efforts pursued under UNCDF projects and programmes in the areas of financial inclusion and local development finance, based on relevant inputs from project/programme managers, partners and donors.
  • Assist in overseeing the content development, expansion and continual assessment of web-based knowledge and information services (i.e. UNCDF Website and Intranet).
  • Assist in boosting UNCDF’s presence in online communications and social media; provide assistance in maintenance of the UNCDF online platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Support the development of pro-active communication strategies related to specific UNCDF programmes and initiatives, with a view to enhance programme-specific resource mobilization efforts.
  • Assist the PPC Unit in organizing events, launches of publications, seminars and conferences, global campaigns.

Further, the internship manager is committed to providing the intern with the training, guidance and support necessary to complete the below duties and responsibilities effectively and within the internship period. This will include, but not be limited to, scheduled meetings (weekly) to assess output progress, systems training (if required) and completion of required university reports for the purpose of meeting any necessary Degree requirements.


Core Values/Guiding Principles

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UNCDF in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core competencies

  • Demonstrates strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present persuasive, coherent and well-founded arguments.
  • Has ability to write in a style that is accessible to a broad audience of policymakers, academics and activists.
  • Demonstrates drive to achieve results in timely manner and to seek and find solutions to any problems encountered.
  • Has ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to convert complex and abstract ideas into simple visual concepts.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Must be able to work in a multicultural environment and be aware of political sensitivities.
  • Familiarity with content management systems, graphic design and photo editing software applications (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop).
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and graphic design and photo editing software applications (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop).
  • Knowledge on designing for web, print and digital media is highly desirable.

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

Note:  Candidate should be available through April 2022.

Applications should include the Form application and a Resume. Applicants are welcome to submit any additional work samples or portfolios in one file, preferably PDF.



Candidate must be enrolled in a degree programme in Communications, Graphic Design, Marketing or another related field.

Candidate must either be:

  • Enrolled in graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent or higher);
  • Enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • 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;


Additional assignment-specific qualifications: 

Solid understanding of international relations and development.



  • Knowledge of web communication technologies. 
  • Knowledge of web design, usability, information architecture. 
  • Knowledge of search engine optimization techniques and web analytics tools.  
  • Competency in web content management systems.  
  • Proficiency in professional desktop publishing, photo editing, graphic digital design and presentation.  
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS is an advantage.  
  • Experience in communications and social media outreach.
  • Proficient in using new technologies, web-based platforms and social media networks; familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and other design platforms is a plus.
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.



  • Fluency in English is required.  Fluency in either Spanish and/or French highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of other UN languages will be considered a plus.


General Internships Terms & Conditions:

  • UNCDF Internship programme is governed by the UNDP Internship Policy Framework & Rules.
  • 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. Stipends are available only for full-time/on-site inernships at this time.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Application process:

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: 
  • 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.  



General Call for 2021 Internship Applications for 3 months from November - April 2022 with possibility of extension.

We accept applications from interested and qualified applicants, on an ongoing basis for the Partnerships Policy and Communications Team, New York Headquarters.  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 on an ongoing basis, as per organizational need.