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Research and Innovation Intern Job Vacancy at UNDP

Research and Innovation Intern Job Vacancy at UNDP


Interns will be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if they are not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme.


Research and Innovation Intern Job Vacancy at UNDP

Background

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (ICPSD) is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) global organization mandated to leverage the role of the private sector in development. The ICPSD was established in Istanbul, Türkiye based on the Partnership Framework Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the United Nations Development Program in March 2011. The center is one of the five global thematic policy centers of UNDP, supports the private sector and foundations to become transformative partners in development through research, advocacy, facilitation of public-private dialogue and brokering partnerships. ICPSD leads UNDP’s global work on private sector and foundations and supports UNDP’s offices all around the world.  

UNDP ICPSD leads UNDP’s private sector strategy, mobilizing the private sector to engage in development. ICPSD convenes stakeholders from public and private industry as well as foundations to facilitate knowledge sharing and partnerships, catalyzes private sector actors for developing products and initiatives for SDG implementation and provides support to raise capital through innovative financing models such as blended finance. 

The role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) in sustainable development is increasing substantially. In like manner, the private sector’s engagement in sustainable development is growingly contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SSTC is enriching and diversifying development efforts and means through a variety of flexible cooperation modalities, such as knowledge exchanges, technology transfers, mutual learning, peer-to-peer support and innovative financing. The private sector’s engagement can further expand and enhance the outreach of the SSTC. ICPSD supports companies in tailoring their business models to respond to sustainable development needs by identifying and promoting best practices within the framework of South-South Cooperation to achieve the SDGs.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Provide quantitative analysis and data management support

· Provide writing and editing support on issues related to private sector resilience

· Support the organization of online and in-person meetings

· Contribute to designing and implementation of initiatives, projects or programmes;

· Provide administrative support on an as-needed basis;

· Prepare relevant communications materials (speeches, brochures, success stories, social media materials etc.);

· Assist in the management of social media and web-based platforms and collaborate in the development and execution of online content (webinars, images, infographics, videos, blogs etc.) and campaigns delivered across various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

· Other relevant tasks as deemed necessary by the supervisor.

Competencies

  • Excellent IT skills and quantitative analysis skills
  • Strong research and writing skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude and strong communication skills;
  • Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision and collaborate with a wide range of colleagues while meeting deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: being able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of players, being able to work independently, being pro-active and taking initiative;
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team;

Personal Competencies:

  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences;
  • Highest standards of integrity and discretion

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Applicants must at the time of application meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a second university degree programme (Master Degree);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (Bachelor Degree)
  • Have graduated with a university degree in in fields such as economics, data science, finance, business, development, international relations, law, public administration or similar at least one year ago

Required experience:   

  • Solid experience in academic writing, research and analysis;
  • Experience with data analysis or statistical software: excel, SPSS and similar platforms
  • Experience in managing social media and web-based platforms.
  • Experience with sustainable development, fragile and conflict-affected situations is desirable
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the work of the UN, and of UNDP in particular, and have a personal commitment to UNDP’s Statement of Purpose and to the ideals of the UN Charter;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs;
  • Previous experience on project designing and implementation, especially in innovation, is an asset;

Language:

  • Excellent written and oral English skills a necessary requirement

Financial Issues

Interns will be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if they are not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme.

The monthly amount of the stipend will be determined for each duty station based on the stipend rates published yearly by the OHR Policy and Compensation Unit. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

Application Procedure

The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;
  • One relevant writing sample.

Please group all your documents into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

  • Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents:
  • Official document(s) confirming your education status;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.

Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance.

DEADLINE: 10 December, 2023


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