Thursday, 19 January 2017

UNCDF Internship Opportunity 2017

UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 49 least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis.

Making Access Possible (MAP) is a multi-country initiative to support financial inclusion through a process of evidence-based analysis feeding into a financial inclusion roadmap jointly implemented by a range of local stakeholders.  MAP offers a powerful platform to encourage private sector investments in expanding financial inclusion, by supporting critical market data-driven investment decisions and setting up an enabling environment that will incentivize those investments.  MAP has also proved to be a critical complement to public policy for many developing countries, who recognize that it has become a prerequisite for reaping the benefits of other policy objectives including education, health, and poverty eradication.

Duties and Responsibilities

Data analysis and recommendations
  • Analyze data from the 15 countries participating in the Making Access Possible programme;
  • Identify common thematic areas;
  • Present findings and recommendations to the MAP Global Programme Advisor.
Identify financial inclusion indicators and define methodology
  • Research and identify new data indicators for financial inclusion;
  • Define methods of data collection and document the methodology;
  • Present indicators and methodology to the MAP Global Programme Advisor.
  • Excellent research, analytical, communication, and writing skills;
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills;
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment;
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision and tight deadlines;
  • Able to take initiative and work independently;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Strong commitment to and enthusiasm for the mission of UNCDF and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, SDGs 1, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Required Skills and Experience

  • Enrolled in a Master’s Programme in International Development. 
Desired Experience:
  • Demonstrated experience, part or full-time, paid or volunteer, in:  Microfinance; Inclusive Finance or related fields of Finance; Mobile Money; Technology for Development; Policy Development; or Research and Advocacy, particularly in the least developed countries.
  • Excellent computer capabilities (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in French is desirable;
  • Excellent writing skills in English.
Applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s Programme in International Development at 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 four 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.

Work Arrangements:
  • The intern will work full-time in the UNCDF Making Access Possible Programme office in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, South Africa;
  • The intern will report to the MAP Global Programme Advisor;
  • The intern will have access to a computer; 
  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNCDF;
  • The costs associated with the internship 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/her own arrangements for travel to and accommodation at the duty station;
  • The intern shall provide proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out.

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.

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