Strategy and Innovation Intern

New York City

Background

The United Nations Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. With annual budget of US$5 billion, it is the largest development services provider in the UN system. UNDP works with a wide range of partners, including governments, multilateral institutions such as the international financial institutions, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and media.

The intern will be working in the Strategy and Innovation Unit (SIU) located within the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. The Unit constitutes the ‘nerve centre’ responsible for providing forward-looking strategic analysis and supporting the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing partnerships and innovative resource mobilization opportunities to support the Sustainable Development Goals. 

2017 is a critical year for UNDP and the international community for implementation the 2030 Agenda. This massive undertaking requires new ways of working, partnering, financing and reporting. SIU will lead the organization’s effort to mobilize resources from partnering with the private sector using existing and innovative financing mechanisms. The intern will work in a team under the supervision of the Director of the Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide analytical and strategic support to develop and prototype resource-based and innovative partnerships with the private sector
  • Research, map, compile and organize potential partnership opportunities with the private sector to develop market-based solutions to development in key industries

  • Reach out, arrange and support engagements with target private sector actors (companies and foundations) to mobilize financial and in-kind resources for development projects

  • Support the preparation of a pipeline of bankable project ideas and leverage innovative technologies and solutions for development

  • Produce concise briefs and updates for senior managers, working across teams at HQ and Representation Offices on newsletters, monthly reports, presentations, etc.

  • Provide ad hoc support on relevant assignments as required

Competencies

  • Understanding of international economic and financial issues, trends and processes

  • Strong research skills, writing, editing, verbal presentation

  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills

  • Ability to work and interact with individuals in a multicultural environment, independently and deliver with tight deadlines

  • Self-motivated with ability to multitask multiple assignments and pay attention to details

Required Skills and Experience

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s / postgraduate university in MBA, economics, marketing, international relations or related field

Experience:

  • Knowledge and experience in international development and finance, business strategy development, public-private partnership and related areas
  • Experience in research, analyzing and synthesizing a large amount of data and produce knowledge products
  • Relevant experience in fund raising, private sector partnership and innovation is desirable
  • Business background is desirable

Language:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Conditions

UNDP may accept interns provided the following conditions are met:

  • 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.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Once the candidate has been selected, the following additional documents need to be submitted:

  • Copy of updated CV/resume
  • Official letter from University confirming enrollment in graduate program & graduation date
  • Copy of school transcript
  • Letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance
  • A brief cover letter setting out the reasons why he/she is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience

In addition, selected candidate will need to:

  • Have a valid visa to work in the US
  • Provide proof of medical and life insurance
  • Provide a Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician

For more information on UNDP Internship, please visit:

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/operations/jobs/types-of-opportunities/internships.html

Click here for important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders).

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 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.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-01

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