UNCDF invites applications for its Digital Finance Internships, for multiple locations in Asia.
About the Organization
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). The original UNCDF mandate from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is to “assist developing countries in the development of their economies by supplementing existing sources of capital assistance by means of grants and loans” Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York City, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the UNCDF Technical Specialist(s) – Digital Finance and Innovation, the key results expected from Digital Finance interns are:
- Support in researching and developing summaries on key issues like food security and climate change, gig economy workers, health, digital stack, education, jobs and skills, other related topics under SDGs and where Digital and Finance could play a key role
- Develop brief summaries as well as help to develop information sheets that summarize key research finding on specific technologies and /or their applications to development issues. These technologies will include those core to digital finance (mobile, payments, fintech) and those which support them (big data, artificial intelligence, internet of things, distributed ledger)
- Identify and review research, publications and news related to how the digitization of finance is being applied to achieve the SDGs
- Work on areas related to impact investment, research and assist with developing reports that contribute to different agenda of UNCDF
- Data Analytics that includes working with the team on bigdata engagement, analyzing trends, assist the team with documenting the same
- Communication support that includes social media engagement, through UNCDF community of practice platform and engaging with the members on the topic related to the digital economy
- Engage on developing infographics, production of video blogs, pictures repository, etc.
- With UNCDF staff, participate in calls with industry leaders to take notes which will help provide up to date perspectives on the current applications of digital finance to the SDGs are progressing, the key barriers and risks, as well as the opportunities going forward
- Be assigned to assist identified leaders to conduct and conclude their own research
- To the extent convenient and possible, help prepare for participating in, and help document virtual or in-person convenings on the topic working with the assigned UNCDF leader
- Assist in other organizational efforts related to the outreach to stakeholders
- Other tasks as requested.
- Commitment to UNCDF`s vision, mission, and strategic goals and UNDP/ UNCDF Core Competencies;
- Strong ability to communicate and function effectively in an international and multicultural environment;
- Knowledge of some aspects of digital finance and technology and/or the policy and regulatory environment that guides them, including one or more of those listed above like impact investment, etc.;
- Knowledge of the development field a plus;
- Proven research skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Respect for diversity;
- Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
- Required Skills and Experience:
Applicants to the internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in the field of Finance/Economics/Business Administration/Development studies and similar discipline from reputed Institution desired.
- 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.
- Demonstrated interest in topics related to socioeconomic development
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and administrative skills
- Able to take initiative and work independently
- Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks
- Excellent computer capabilities (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Data programmes).
- Fluency in English is mandatory
- Fluency in Hindi or Mandarin Chinese or other languages in the Asian region will be considered a distinct advantage
- In your application, please state in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship and your primary motivation to apply for this role
- Please note that you will need to answer three mandatory questions (under Additional Questions section), which is a part of the internship application process, in addition to your cover letter
- Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UNCDF Internship Application form:
- Applications should include the application form and latest resume. Applicants are welcome to submit any additional work samples or portfolios in one single file, preferably a PDF
- Please note that the UNDP Jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents (CV/ Resume, Cover Letter, etc. into a single file before uploading).
- Interested candidates can apply at any time indicating the timeframe of their availability in the internship form. However, only those candidates selected for interviews/ further assessment by hiring managers will be contacted.