Internship - UNDP Innovation Facility


Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :23-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :0d 5h 11m
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jun-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :Minimum 4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


Background

UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 emphasizes the need to innovate – to identify, test, evaluate and scale up novel approaches across UNDP’s subject areas, in programme development, management and review. The Strategic Plan identifies a specific result in the Integrated Results and Resources Framework related to innovation: Percentage of country offices that pilot and/or scale innovative tools and methodologies.”

To achieve these results, the UNDP Innovation Facility works with all parts of the organization to foster skills, iteratively develop methods and tools based on concrete interventions, to identify and share lessons and to remove organizational bottlenecks for innovation.

The UNDP Innovation Facility (IF), hosted in the Development Impact Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), supports initiatives that a) strengthens UNDP’s position as a leading advisor on innovation for development; b) enables national development actors to co-create value; c) increases understanding of the role and value of innovation for development; d) supports social innovators both within the organization and from the broader development community; and finally, e) enhances UNDP’s own performance efficiency through innovative practices.

The Innovation Facility coordinates the allocation, tracking, and reporting of innovation funds and provides substantive support to Country Offices with Regional Portfolio Teams consisting of BPPS staff and Regional Bureaux Representatives.

Learn more about the Innovation Facility at www.undp.org/innovation


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Innovation Specialist, the intern will be part of the Innovation Team within the Development Impact Group, within the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, and will perform the following duties:

  • Conduct research on emerging trends in innovation for development;
  • Assist with the facilitation of the Innovation for Development network;
  • Collect and analyze data from annual UNDP Country Office project reports to share salient insights with the team, sponsors, and the Innovation network;
  • Support organizing and promoting HQ events on innovation;
  • Manage, design and develop the monthly innovation newsletter;
  • Create communication materials for advocacy and outreach, related to innovation for development including on UNDP’s public website and social media platforms;
  • Manage internal communications portals and external social media platforms;
  • Support data and knowledge management within the team (coding information, archiving, data analysis, etc.)
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes to improve team efficiency;
  • Recommend new partnerships and seek out collaboration with innovation influencers to incorporate their knowledge in the UNDP Innovation Facility through events such as “Innovation Conversations” or others;
  • Support on-going search and evaluation of programmatic, academic, and funding partners to the UNDP Innovation Facility;
  • Participate in the reviewing of UNDP Country Office innovation initiative proposals;
  • Participate and engage in creative brainstorming sessions and meet with change makers in the field of innovation;
  • Draft or supporting drafting reports, white papers, blog posts, and other externally-facing thought pieces on emerging trends in Innovation for Development.


Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and fluency in English;
  • Excellent and demonstrated research and synthesizing skills;
  • Strong data collection and analysis skills (including MS Excel competencies);
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Strong organizational, time-management, and problem-solving skills;
  • Goals and outcomes oriented;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong social media skills;
  • Demonstrates creativity, curiosity and flexibility;
  • Demonstrates leadership and team-building capabilities;
  • Passionate, knowledgeable, and committed to innovation for development;
  • Long-term commitment to international development is an asset;
  • In-depth knowledge of methods used by UNDP’s Innovation Facility is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an asset.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Enrolled in a master’s programme in the areas of international development, gender studies, journalism, knowledge management, new media, or related field in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) throughout the entire duration of the internship; or
  • If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, the candidate must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

Experience:

  • Experience in working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment;
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in social innovation trends and social media;
  • Professional services experience is an asset.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in English;
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish a strong advantage;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.

In the cover letter, applicants are invited to note their dates of availability to undertake a full time or part time 3 to 6 month internship.

Interns are considered gratis personnel. They are not staff members. Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. The costs associated must 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 or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, visa, etc.

Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Copy of school transcript;
  • Letter of endorsement from a faculty member who has worked with the student in the recent past and who is knowledgeable on the student’s performance;
  • Copy of the proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out (i.e. New York, USA).


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