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Internship Paid Pretoria (South Africa)

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Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Location: Pretoria (South Africa)

Grade: Internship

Occupational Groups:

Closing Date: 2021-10-18


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) envisions to contribute to Africa’s efforts to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion through the implementation of UNDP’ s Strategic Plan. In view of the transforming development cooperation landscape and the ambitious goals set out by the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Africa Union Agenda 2063, it is more than ever crucial to mobilize the broad of financing flows, including public, private, domestic and international, towards the implementation of the SDG aligned national development priorities, while putting in place new, more effective and integrated approaches to managing public and private finance.

To support governments in the region to take initial steps and plan sequenced strategies for mobilizing and aligning public and private resources to the 2030 Agenda, UNDP RBA has established the Finance Sector Hub (FSH) in Pretoria. Through the FSH in Pretoria, UNDP RBA is becoming ready to deliver on its ambition of putting SDGs at the heart of financial systems by providing services to its members states across seven strategic areas of engagement including: (1) SDG Financing Strategies; (2) Budgeting for the SDGs; (3) Promoting SDG aligned debt and fiscal instruments; (4) Leveraging international public finance; (5) Unlocking private finance for the SDGs; (7) Aligning business strategies and operations for the SDGs; (8) and encouraging a standardized Impact measurement and reporting for financing the SDGs  and taking an approach to strengthening effective governance across our engagements.

The FSH team in Pretoria is looking for a competent intern who will support the SDG Investment team leader. The intern will directly contribute to the ongoing initiative to establish a database of investment opportunities across Africa based on findings form the SDG Investor Mapping exercises currently being rolled out across selected countries.   The intern will provide relevant economic and statistical analysis, including mapping investment landscapes in different country contexts.  The intern will support market research and curate information on the different investor types in selected markets in order to establish a directory of contacts for impact investment approaches to financing the SDGs.  Particular importance will be given to the ability to assess the opportunities and benefits of digital finance for supporting inclusive financial systems and driving small and large scale SDG investments in the context of COVID recovery.  The intern will support the team’s efforts towards assessing the investment potential and investor risk appetite for certain sectors and implications for national priorities and the SDG based on data from SDG Investor mapping exercises. The intern will advocate for the SDGs Financing agenda, represents UNDP in meetings, and takes minutes as requested by his/her supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support the Senior SDG Investment Advisor to compile, collate and analyze economic and development issues impacting SDG Investments

Mapping SDG Investment needs across Africa and proactively identifying and assessing opportunities to develop a strong pipeline of activities around the SDG Investor maps according to regional and CO priorities – Going beyond investor convenings to upstream policy and downstream pipeline development.

Creating LTAs and roster of experts to deliver technical assistance support on SDG Investment. TA across the region including on Investment opportunities, financing instruments and Thematic bonds

Supporting the portfolio of work on SDG Impact standards and SDG Impact measurement and management according to CO priorities

Drafting concept notes and project proposals for resource mobilization

Support as well as initiate research work to inform policy and programming on SDG investments.

Support regional programming connected with the COVID19 recovery and SDG financing

Advocacy and promotion of the SDGs Financing Agenda and the FSH service offer


Corporate Competencies:

Interest and familiarity with development issues including Financing for Development related agenda and South-South Cooperation

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards

Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Communications for development

Functional Competencies:

Ability to provide quality policy notes and briefs on financing issues

Good research and data management skills

Statistical and analytic skills

Required Skills and Experience


At least First Degree in Economics and/or Finance


No work experience necessary but must be eager and proactive.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages

experience in handling of web-based management systems and statistical analysis of data such as SPSS, Eviews, STRATA.

Understanding and familiarity with the SDGs, HDR and other economic policies related to social development, would be advantageous.


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);

Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.


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