Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
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31-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
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207d 15h 9m
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Expected Duration of Assignment :
3 - 6 months
NOTICE: This is a continuous opening; internship applications will be evaluated on a monthly basis.
The UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) are designed to move humanity forward, faster by focusing on the use of innovative technology to solve some of humanity's most pressing needs.
Recognizing that innovation plays a critical role in moving the United Nations forward and acknowledging that the United Nations’ ability to innovate and engage in partnerships will be a significant factor in the efforts to successfully implement the SDGs (and the broader mandates of the United Nations), the UNTIL Lab programme is designed to support the journey to review, build, adopt and implement technology solutions to address problems that Member States are facing.
To engage the gears of innovation proactively, the United Nations Office of information and Communication Technology (OICT) is establishing “United Nations Technology Innovation Labs” (UNTIL). Using cutting-edge frontier technology currently available, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things, fintech and the use of drones to answer Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenges, UNTIL aims at using technological innovation to resolve day to day issues. In line with the ICT Strategy (A/69/517) approved by the UN General Assembly at its 69th session, OICT is establishing new UNTIL Labs locations in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Labs in other regions are planned for a second implementation phase in response to specific Member State’s host requests.
Each UNTIL is based on different humanitarian themes that are central to the needs of each individual Labs specific geolocation. The Labs will use AI, Blockchain, IoT and other high-tech tools to develop technology solutions that will be open source and available globally to all Member States once operational.
Duties and Responsibilities
The goal of the UN Technology Innovation Labs is to function as a start-up environment and create a platform for collaborative problem solving between UN resources, Private sector, Academia and Civil Society. Each Lab will facilitate linking this platform with innovators and mentors from across the globe as well as to facilitate the global exchange of ideas and resources. UNTIL will function as a Laboratory and tool, offering advisory support and guidance that will facilitate problem-solving through hands-on-workshops, immersion-learning, and incubated projects.
Each Lab will focus on specific thematic areas of concern to the host country. Themes will not be duplicated to the extent possible in other global Labs, but technology will be shared and transferred creating an ecosystem of innovative technology tools and test beds for proof of concepts.
The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:
30% - Undertake research and analysis on sustainable development challenges and existing ecosystem business models. Work closely with partners, analysts, designers, etc.;
50% - Produce detailed specifications and writing program codes, develop native prototypes, testing products in controlled environments before going live;
5% - Support the research for and compilation and preparation of speeches, talking points, presentation materials, background notes. etc. on the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at national and local levels;
5% - Provide support on technical and administrative requirements as needed (planning meetings/workshops, assisting in preparation of presentations, reporting, etc.);
5% - Support the team with other ad hoc tasks, as requested;
5% - Ideation activities on potential solutions into relevant thematic areas.
Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
Required Skills and Experience
Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
currently in the final year of a bachelor’s degree; or
currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor or master’s degree, or equivalent studies.
Field of study: computer science, management information systems, information and communications technology, mechanical/electrical engineering, international business, international affairs, international development, sustainable development, political science or equivalent.
IT skills :
Possess any combination of the following languages: C++, Go, Python, Java, Solidity or a good understanding of software project management/development/support.
Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
Proficiency in design software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) and knowledge in web design and administration will be an advantage.
Knowledge of various development methodologies e.g. Agile.
Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
UN internships are not remunerated. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity;
UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN during the period of the internship;
Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UN in any official capacity;
Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, 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’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to Sustainable Development Goal # 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
UNCDF manages several initiatives related to digital financial services (DFS) to address the opportunities and challenges of implementing DFS in the developing world, with a focus on the Least Developed Countries in Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions. As Secretariat to the Better than Cash Alliance, UNCDF also engages with the large emerging markets globally to foster the digitization of payments. Our aim is to build an inclusive digital economies with the digital financial ecosystem as the starting point. An inclusive digital financial ecosystem is one that offers a wide range of DFS provided responsibly, and at reasonable cost, by sustainable institutions in a well-regulated environment. UNCDF provides a mix of policy, technical financial support to a range of government and private sector actors in each country, as well as investing in research and other public goods that benefit all market actors. By supporting the development of DFS in these countries, UNCDF works to increase the financial security and participation in the economy of low income and rural households through access to appropriate, affordable and secure means to receive, manage, spend and save money.
UNCDF is also working with the greater UN system to investigate the applications of digital finance at the individual, company, sector, national and global level to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of this is to inform the UN system as well as UNCDF’s new strategy to focus its financial inclusion work more toward the SDGs. This initiative is led by UN Digital Finance Taskforce, whose secretariat is housed within UNCDF.
UNCDF is looking for up to six research interns to support its core activities in researching these efforts. This will include secondary research – identifying, analysing and highlighting both industry and academic publications on the application of digital finance to SDGS. It will also include primary research by working with a group of industry leaders in finance, technology, policy and regulation, identified by UNCDF, to solicit their experiences and views. Specifically, UNCDF is seeking to answer the following questions:
What is the current experience in harnessing the digitalisation of finance in pursuit of the SDGs?
What are the high impact opportunities for digital finance in supporting the SDGs, today and in the future?
What are the main impediments to realising these opportunities, and how might they be overcome?
What are the actions needed by which actors, including the UN, to overcome impediments and realise the identified opportunities?
The internship offers a unique opportunity to engage in digital finance and to have exposure to leaders in the industry
DFS refers to a range of formal financial services accessible via digital channels such as mobile money and agency banking, as opposed to traditional financial services accessed through physically visited at a bank branch.
Duties and Responsibilities
The key results expected from the Digital Finance Research Interns are:
Help review the contributions received from external stakeholders and prepare brief summaries of individual contributions
Identify and review research, publications and news related to how the digitization of finance is being applied to achieve the SDGS.
Develop brief summaries of both individual reports 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).
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 participate in, and help document virtual or in person convenings on the topic.
Assist in other organizational efforts related to the outreach to leaders.
Other tasks as requested.
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;
Knowledge of the development field a plus;
Proven research skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Respect for diversity;
Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
Commitment to UNCDF`s vision, mission, and strategic goals.
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants to the UNDP/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 Business, Finance, International Relations, Economics, Public/Business administration, Social sciences, or related discipline;
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in Business, Finance, International Relations, Economics, Public/Business administration, Social sciences, or related discipline;
(c) 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, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills;
Able to take initiative and work independently;
Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks;
Excellent computer capabilities (Word, Excel, Power Point, data programmes);
Fluency in English is mandatory,
Fluency or proficiency in French, Spanish, Hindi or Mandarin Chinese will be considered a distinct advantage plus.
Note for Applicants: Please indicate clearly in your application (additional questions section) and/or your cover letter the following;
What is your current location?
Your earliest availability /Preferred start date (May 1, 2019, October 1, 2019 or April 1, 2020)
Whether you can undertake this internship on a full time or part time basis, if selected for the role.
These research internships will be a mix of both full time or part-time placements, depending upon the organization needs and changing pace of DFTF work. Selected interns may be asked to work on either full-time or a part-time basis (at least 16 hours per week/2 days a week minimum). This will be communicated as part of the internship offer to successful candidates. Please indicate your preferences and availability clearly in the questionnaire section, as part of your internship application.
DFTF team members are currently located in New York, Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium. Selected interns are expected to work closely with an assigned team-member of UNCDF, based in one of the specified locations or remotely;
For the interns selected for New York Placement, the expectation is the New York-based candidates will be available to work from UNCDF New York Office. The interns based out of Washington DC may be requested to join DFTF staff in Washington DC for in-person meetings from time to time. In other instances, these research internships can be undertaken from home.
Interns are expected to use her/his own computer/laptop, as they may not full-time access of Office computer/laptops
Contribution made by research interns to any organizational publications will be acknowledged and/or recognized if the publication rules allows for authorship to be mentioned.
Only longlisted candidates shall be invited for a technical written test (via email) and the top scoring candidates (for 4-6 internships placements) shall be invited for a phone/skype interview.
UNCDF Internship programme is governed by the UNDP Internship policy framework & rules;
Interns are not financially remunerated by UNCDF. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns, nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; Interns themselves will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.
Selected Interns must be able to share proof of education enrolment and/or graduation, medical/health and life/accident insurance, valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out and be able to provide insurance documentary proof at the time of their selection;
The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNCDF but to complement an intern’s studies & learning growth
There is no expectation of employment at the end of these internships.
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 indicate clearly in your application/cover letter the following;
What is your current location and preferred/desired location,
Your earliest availability from these date-options (May 1, 2019, October 1, 2019 or 1st April 1, 2020)
Whether you can undertake this internship on a full time or part time basis, if selected for the role.
Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UNCDF Internship Application form: http://www.uncdf.org/download/file/127/2509/internshipdoc
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 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).
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.
If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact email@example.com
The intern will assist the Programme Unit Team in coordinating roles with the scope of work as described below:
Dealing and involving with research and support on delivery of programme and project as per agreed work planned
Provide administrative programme support to key activities of Programme Unit;
Assist in the liaising with UNDP partners from the government agencies and CSOs;
Provide support on the development of Programme Unit’s portfolio communications materials;
Provide other assistance e.g. preparation and translation of documents and organizing meetings.
Support for new projects development and implementation for Projects:
Assist in development of TORs
Develop the minutes of meetings
Assist in preparation of presentation material
Contribute to creation of project information
Analysis on effectiveness of programme with local wisdom element and knowledge product to be shared on knowledge session in the office
Successful implementation of series of events/workshop as applicable and proper documentation lesson learnt of programme initiatives.
Effective support to the analysis on strategic implementation of new initiatives for future programming
Development of TORs, proper documentation of minutes of meeting and presentation materials
Effective support for programme team in development information about project
The following minimum qualifications are required:
Enrolment in a graduate-level degree programme in in relevant studies e.g. Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Development Studies or related field.
Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
Knowledge of - or proven interest in – programme management
Proficiency in English . Fluency in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian is an asset;
Computer literate in standard software applications;
Demonstrated keen interest 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 the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views
Good communication skills; speaking, writing and editing skills in English
Demonstrable skills in analytical thinking, communication, and research.
An interest in global mobility; adaptability to varied physical and other environments; a desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.
Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.
All costs connected with an intern's participation in the Programme must be borne by:
a) the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students;
b) the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.
Exceptionally be approved for a maximum total duration of 9 months, if the intern can demonstrate it will grant him/her an educational credit for a course