UNDP is looking for young talent with passion to contribute to Bangladesh at this exciting and transitional time when country is becoming a middle income and prosperous society; and being recognized as champion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is an excellent opportunity for young talent to learn from the Country’s top thematic leaders and grow as professionals within the development sector.
The Private engagement approach of the UNDP Bangladesh country office takes into account the private sector's crucial role in development and in advancing the SDGs. The objective of the private sector partnerships are to support private sector innovations and business models that promotes inclusive and sustainable economy for the people and the planet in a financially sustainable way.
The private sector team was established in 2017 through an Innovation Hub to test engagement modality, technical advisory, and services to and with private sector. Through 2018, Innovation Hub supported UNDP Bangladesh to grow its network and accumulate over 200 companies in its database. Services tested included: the roll-out of Business Call to Action services and membership; support to youth entrepreneurship; testing financial management capacity building; and plugging private sector partners into existing UNDP projects, among others. It also served as the focal point for regional and global private sector initiatives in Bangladesh on country level and in national context.
Overall, all existing private sector activities can be regrouped into three pillars. (1) SDG management: planning for and measuring impact through thought leadership and advisory services and toolkits; (2) SDG invest: building capacity and connecting both supply and demand side of SDG-aligned businesses and investments; (3) SDG capacity building: skills development to facilitate access to capital by SDG-aligned businesses, start-ups, and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
To help build and support peaceful and tolerant content in Bangladesh, UNDP Bangladesh’s Partnership for a Tolerant, Inclusive Bangladesh (PTIB) Project partnered with Facebook and ICT Division of the Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Government of Bangladesh launch the Digital Khichuri Challenge (DKC), a hackathon to promote and reinforce tolerant and inclusive narratives. From day one of Digital Khichuri Challenge teams of social entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, storytellers, students and, others compete in a fast-paced race-against-the-clock to imagine new digital platforms and tools that can promote the strength of Bangladesh’s diversity and peace. Teams then ideate and develop concepts; work with start-up and technology mentors; build prototypes; test, iterate, and refine these prototypes. At the last hurdle, the selected teams pitch their initiatives to a judging panel, a live and online audience. The winning team receives mentorship, funding and other support to turn their ideas into a working online tool that reaches millions of people.
The intern will support youth empowerment and entrepreneurship efforts of UNDP by taking part in planning and designing youth entrepreneurship engagement activities to be organized by UNDP in 2020. The intern will work under the overall supervision of PTIB Project Manager and will specifically support in programmatic and operational support of PTIB project’s youth programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
The Intern will do the following activities:
- Support UNDP with organizing of events on youth empowerment and entrepreneurship;
- Research and produce content on entrepreneurship, impact investment, and private-public partnership for youth;
- Support horizon scanning of private sector engagement with and for youth;
- Support compilation and analysis of global and national best practices on youth-led economic growth and inclusive social development;
- Support devising and effectuating outreach methodologies to engage and inform relevant stakeholders (UN agencies, CSOs, youth groups, youth leaders, entrepreneurship communities);
- Quantitative and qualitative database of active and potential partners, private and public;
- Synopsis of best practices and overall landscape of private sector impact;
- Communication content, inclusive of columns and reports;
- The internships would be from 1 March 2020 – 31 July 2020;
- The Intern will report to Cluster Head/Project Manager or as applicable;
- Payment of stipend for intern as per UNDP policy;
- Any other assignment assigned by Sr. Management;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
- Demonstrates integrity and strong ethics;
- Positive, constructive attitude to work;
- Displays sensitivity to culture, gender, religion, race, nationality and age;
- Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Ability to ensure timely delivery of tasks and flexibility of approach to such tasks;
- Working in a Team;
Required Skills and Experience
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in relevant field of study (e.g. Business, International relations, development, social sciences, etc.);
- Fluent over communicating in both English and Bangla;
- Good planning skills demonstrated through good time management, capacity to plan, and deliver tasks on time;
- Willingness to participate in all aspects of UNDP programme activities;
- Strong computer skills, particularly of MS Word, and e-mail applications;
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and people living 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. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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