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Internship with the Programmes and Management Service Unit Team (UNCDF), under the Partnerships Team

New York United States of America

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York United States of America
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed



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 pursues innovative financing solutions through: (1) financial inclusion, which expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the local economy, while also providing differentiated products for women and men so they can climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; (2) local development finance, which shows how fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion, women’s economic empowerment, climate adaptation, and sustainable development; and (3) a least developed countries investment platform that deploys a tailored set of financial instruments to a growing pipeline of impactful projects in the “missing middle.’’ UNCDF is seeking an intern to be part of the Programme Management Support Unit (PMSU) in its Headquarters located in New York, United States. Working under the guidance and supervision of the Data Analyst in the PMSU Unit, the intern will support the ongoing workplan and goals of the unit, including but not limited to maintaining existing Power Platforms Applications, deploying automatic tools, testing data before the migration to the new ERP, preparing technical and functional documentation.  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 (where required) and completion of required university reports for the purpose of meeting any necessary Degree requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Data Analyst in the PMSU Unit, the intern will assist in any of the following tasks:

Summary of key functions:

  • Support to develop dynamic reports;
  • Support to test Quantum Datawarehouse;
  • Support to maintain existing tools;
  • Support to facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

1. Dynamic reports development:

  • Support the analysis of business requirements to design, develop and update corporate reporting Dashboards;
  • Develop dashboards and visualizations for UNCDF colleagues and provide user support;
  • Support the Data Analyst in preparing data, data models;
  • Design and prepare content/copy for corporate briefings, presentations, fact sheets, and snapshots;
  • Organize and conduct trainings.

2. Quantum Datawarehouse testing:

  • Assist in conducting unit testing of the new Datawarehouse, assist in validating outputs;
  • Contribute to identifying data quality issues;
  • Prepare the technical documentation.

3. Existing Platform deployment and maintenance:

  • Assist in deploying existing mobile applications;
  • Support users;
  • Fix minor troubleshooting.

4. Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing:

  • Organization and conduct of trainings on existing tools/reports;
  • Preparation of training materials (functional documentation, presentations, videos,..);
  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Identification and formulation of lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader knowledge management efforts;
  • Support data mining, optimization, metrics development, and predictive analysis;
  • Prepare research on innovative technology products driven by data and analytics that contribute to improve operational support.


Core Values/Guiding Principles:

  • Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UNCDF in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity;
  • Demonstrates an intellectual curiosity and deep desire to learn;
  • Demonstrates a consistent commitment to pro-actively helping fellow members of the PMSU Unit and UNCDF more broadly in their day-to-day activities to the reasonable extent possible.

Core competencies:

  • Demonstrates strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present persuasive, coherent and well-founded arguments;
  • Demonstrates ability to write in a style that is accessible to a broad audience;
  • Demonstrates drive to achieve results in timely manner and to seek and find solutions to any problems encountered;
  • Demonstrates 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;
  • The ability in using data to advance decisions, strategies, and execution is desirable.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification:

Candidate must be enrolled in a degree programme in Computer science, Economics, Statistics, Operations Research, Engineering, Mathematics, Data Visualization, or Analytics, information management, Finance or related field.

Applicants to the UNCDF internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  3. Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Desirable Skillset & Experience: 

  • Skills using data processing & data visualization software (at a minimum: Microsoft Excel, PowerBI , with bonus points for SQL, R, Python );
  • Experience creating presentations, creating excel files and writing papers that capture complex concepts and put them into simple language;
  • Experience in working on finance transactions or in an investment bank will be an added advantage;
  • Curious, self-starter; organized; able to multitask, balance multiple responsibilities, and work to deadline.


  • Fluency in English required. Professional fluency knowledge of French language is considered as a distinct advantage.
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