UNCDF (UN Capital Development Fund) is the United Nations Capital Development for local development finance, inclusive finance and the promotion of Women and Youth empowerment in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) which main objective is to facilitate access to public and private capital for the most underserved people. Its expertise enables it to develop «last mile» financial models in areas where infrastructures, access to basic services, financial and non-financial services are lacking to unlock public and private resources at the national level. The expected impact is to reduce poverty and encourage economic local development. UNCDF’s work is based on two approaches:
The intern will support the West and Central Africa office of UNCDF to implement the portfolio of projects for the achievements of its goals in various domains of its mandate. These projects aim at boosting very small businesses namely in the whole agricultural value chain-, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, to strengthen the capacities of Municipalities – particularly in rural areas – for the implementation of their mandate, namely with better access to financing, but also digital and mobile finance. The achievement of these objectives will be possible through capacity building programs, the development of innovative financial mechanisms, and the identification, structuring and financing of projects with high local impact.
More specifically, the intern will support particularly UNCDF teams in the implementation and development of their programs by:
Working Arrangements :
• Demonstrated interest in rural/local development issues in sub-Saharan Africa;
• Excellent writing, analytical and research skills;
• Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and the use of social media and other online tools in French and English;
• Ability to take initiatives and work independently and in teams;
• Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point).
Candidate must be enrolled in a degree programme in Management, Economics, Politics or another related field.
Applicants to the UNCDF internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in management, economics, politics or similar studies; OR
(b) Be enrolled in the last academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in a related field of study;
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) less than one year before the beginning of the internship.
• Excellent knowledge of French and English (written and oral).
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