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About the UNFPA Paid Internship 2024
Applications are now open for the UNFPA paid internship 2024 in the role of resource mobilization and partnership unit intern. The intern will work in the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Unit of the UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Office, directly reporting to the Resource Mobilization and Strategic Partnerships Technical Adviser.
The intern will assist the unit in a number of ways, including donor mapping, intelligence gathering, data analysis of donors’ ODA policies and partnership opportunities in the region, organizing outreach and resource mobilization events, and facilitating capacity-building sessions for country offices in the region. A work plan that includes learning opportunities and experience goals will be decided upon. A conducive atmosphere for the intern to improve her or his abilities and capacity in areas pertaining to UNFPA’s mandate will result from regular progress meetings. It is strongly encouraged that candidates who reside in the West or Central African Republic apply.
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025) reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; to end unmet needs for family planning; and to end gender-based violence and harmful practices.
These results capture our strategic commitments to accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the decade of action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations, and individuals to “build forward better” while addressing the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recovering lost gains, and realizing our goals.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff who embody these international norms and standards and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates who transform, inspire, and deliver high-impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent and exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to delivering excellence in programme results.
During the internship, you would be responsible for:
- Supporting the analysis of data and information on the progress of resource mobilization in the region;
- Researching the presence, interests and application requirements of the main donors and other sources of funding for the Regional Office (RO) and Country Offices (COs);
- Developing and maintaining a contact list of all donors and partners at regional and country level;
- Supporting the development of knowledge products related to partnerships and disseminating internally to support institutional capacity on partner relations;
- Contributing to the monitoring of soft and hard pipelines on resource mobilization;
- Supporting the organization of resource mobilisation-related events, including donor briefings.
- Contributing to the organization of capacity-building workshops and webinars for COs;
- Drafting minutes of meetings held with donors and partners and keeping a well-organized archive within Google Drive of communication flows with donors and partners;
- Collaborating with the communication unit and humanitarian unit to enhance the visibility of the donors and their contributions to the region and supporting the development of advocacy and resource mobilization materials for humanitarian support in the region..
Qualifications and Experience
All interns must meet the following educational and other eligibility requirements:
- Be enrolled in a first university degree programme (such as a bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and have completed one full academic year;
- Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme or higher);
- Have recently graduated with a university degree as defined above and, if selected, must start the internship within one year of graduation; or
- Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional trainee programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme. Other eligibility requirements
Knowledge and Experience:
- Demonstrate interest in the field of development;
- Demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in English;
- Good level of written and spoken French;
- Demonstrate ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds;
- Good experience in external relations is an asset.
- Have some experience working with development agencies, including in a volunteer capacity.
- Strong expertise in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint) and data analysis.
- Experience with visualization tools such as Google Data Studio, Canva, etc. is an asset.
- Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds
Benefits of the UNFPA Paid Internship 2024
Upon completion of the assignment, and depending on its duration, the Intern will gain the following knowledge assets:
- Increased understanding of the UNFPA and the Programme Division within UNFPA
- Understand the UNFPA mandate and policies, including regional set-up
- Understand and become familiar with UNFPA Governance and Executive Board
- Understand UNFPA programme design and delivery mechanisms
- Understand the dynamics of operational and programme support and communications to the field and at the level of HQ
- Learn UN technical language, working procedures, and coordination mechanisms
- Write and formulate substantive documents
- Network with UN colleagues
- Work experience as a team member in a multicultural setting
A salary or any other kind of compensation is not given by UNFPA to interns. The expenses related to an intern’s involvement in the program must be covered by the nominating institution, which may offer its students the necessary financial aid, or by the students themselves, who will be responsible for covering living expenses in addition to making their own travel, housing, and other arrangements.
In the event that they are not financially supported by any organization or program, such as a university, government, foundation, or scholarship program, they do receive a stipend to help cover the essential daily costs associated with the internship. The intern’s agreed-upon place of employment determines the amount of the stipend; in the event of remote arrangements, this location may differ from the hiring office’s duty station.
For the duration of the internship, candidates must also have health insurance. The submission of insurance proof is required prior to the start of the internship. UNFPA does not provide medical insurance for interns.
- Exemplifying integrity,
- Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
- Embracing cultural diversity,
- Embracing change
- Achieving results,
- Being accountable,
- Developing and applying professional expertise and business acumen
- Thinking analytically and strategically,
- Working in teams, managing ourselves and our relationships,
UNFPA Work Environment
The work environment offered by UNFPA is characterized by integrity, diversity, gender equality, and a good work-life balance. We encourage women to apply because we are dedicated to achieving gender parity within the organization. The LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Regardless of individual traits and diversity dimensions, UNFPA advocates for equal opportunities for all in terms of selection, training, pay, and appointment. The core values of UNFPA’s workforce are diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Visa issuance, medical clearance, background and reference checks, and other administrative requirements may affect selection and appointment.
In relation to the application or recruitment process, UNFPA does not impose any fees for applications, processing, training, interviews, testing, or other services. Additionally, it is not concerned with the details of applicants’ bank accounts.
Candidates who hold permanent resident status in a nation other than their country of nationality and apply for positions in the international professional and higher categories may be asked to renounce this status after being appointed.
How to Apply
Please bear in mind that the deadline for applications is February 13, 2024. All applications are done online via the link below. Candidates are advised to familiarize themselves with the eligibility criteria for the internship before submitting their applications to avoid rejection.
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