UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. 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.
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 drives structural transformation of localities through policy and regulatory reform, fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and project finance to unlock capital flows to the local level, combined 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.
Since 2008, UNCDF has been supporting digital finance with significant success which has led UNCDF to make digital finance the largest part of its inclusive finance portfolio. UNCDF is also host to the Secretariat of the Better than Cash Alliance (BTCA), a partnership of governments, companies, and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth. UNCDF also serves as the secretariat for the UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs, which will consider the next wave of digitalization of finance and how the systemic changes to the financial ecosystem due to digital technologies will impact financing for the SDGs. For several years UNCDF’s work in digital finance has led it to support new digital solutions linked to finance, to further drive financial inclusion and to achieve the SDGs. This includes projects linked to off-grid energy, agriculture, employment, health and education.
Based on over a decade of experience applying a market development approach in digital finance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, UNCDF expanded its scope from digital finance to inclusive digital economies in 2019. Currently, over 60 professionals work under the global “Leaving no one behind in the digital era” strategy. UNCDF recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital financial inclusion in support of the Sustainable Development Goals aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind. The vision of UNCDF is to empower millions of people by 2024 to use services daily that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. UNCDF applies a market development approach. This approach aims to understand and intervene in selected market systems to address underlying market dysfunctions that lead to improved efficiencies, effectiveness and sustainability. The approach leverages and supports current players in the market and strengthens the systems and relationships among the various market and sector actors, while recognizing the dynamic and complex nature of markets.
Please refer to the link for further information on UNCDF’s “Leaving no one behind in the digital era” strategy: https://www.uncdf.org/article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
Duties and Responsibilities
The Results & Learning intern will support to the Results Measurement Specialist and the Regional Digital Hub Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa. Specifically, the key activities of the intern will be:
- Support the development of results measurement tools for new projects, including the development of results chains, project indicators, and reporting tools for partners;
- Support the collection, review and analysis of partner reporting;
- Conduct monitoring visits and document findings in project logs;
- Conduct desk reviews and analysis of industry data, research, best/bad practices, and measurement practices related to digital (financial) inclusion;
- Support the development of knowledge products and donor reports;
- Support the development of regional dashboards to monitor project pipeline, fundraising, publications and social media engagements;
- Support the migration of information to online project management and data tools (Asana and Airtable);
- Support the organization and facilitating of regional learning events;
- Other tasks as requested by Results Measurement Specialist and the Regional Digital Hub Manager.
- For those applicants that wish to combine the internship with the writing of their thesis, UNCDF may provide support in exploring research topics.
• Excellent speaking and writing skills in English;
• Strong ability to communicate and function effectively in an international and multicultural environment;
• Excellent interpersonal skills;
• Respect for diversity;
• Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
• Commitment to UNCDF`s vision, mission, and strategic goals.
Required Skills and Experience
• Enrolled in a bachelor or master’s programme in technology, economics, public/business administration, social sciences, or related discipline, in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship (if a candidate is graduating before the internship period begins, they are no longer eligible); or
• Pursuing their university/college studies, having completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree, if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages;
• Not have graduated prior to the beginning of the internship.
• Demonstrated interest in topics related to socioeconomic development;
• Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills;
• Able to take initiative and work independently;
• Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks;
• Excellent computer capabilities (Word, Excel, Power Point);
• Experience with using statistical analysis software (e.g. R, STATA, SPSS) is preferred but not mandatory