The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. The Bureau leads and supports the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners, that includes existing and prospective donor countries/emerging funding partners, multilateral institutions such as the IFIs, the European Commission, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, various UN inter-governmental bodies, as well as global, regional and national media. The main functions of BERA are (1) Resource mobilization, coordination and partnership management (2) UN & Multilateral coherence; and (3) External Communication to raise UNDP’s profile and improve communication. BERA’s top priorities over the next 12 months are linked to resource mobilization to complement implementation of the new Strategic Plan, positioning UNDP in light of UN reform imperatives and continual advocacy with member states on global development challenges.
BERA consists of the Directorate, Strategic Analysis Unit and three Groups: Partnerships (PG) Communications (CG), and UN System Affairs (UNSAG). In addition, BERA has Representation Offices in five major donor capitals and regional advisors posted in each of the five UNDP regional hubs.
The Partnerships Group (PG) facilitates UNDP’s partnerships and actively supports resource mobilization for UNDP’s work globally from governmental and non-governmental actors. Key functions include:
Diversify UNDP’s funding base by supporting fundraising through International Finance Institutions, the Private Sector and individuals.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance and direction of the Partnerships Portfolio Management Team Leader, the Intern will undertake tasks related to one or more of the areas listed below. Learning and mentoring as well as facilitating exposure to a range of experiences for the intern will be an explicitly targeted goal during the internship.
- Support with data collection on development cooperation priorities of major donors to UNDP including foreign affairs parliamentary committee inquiries.
- Research of donors’ aid policies, practices and budget allocations including contributions to multilaterals.
- Support with the development of policy notes and other material in relation to corporate priorities, assessments, relevant for effective donor relations. Current examples of interest include Development Finance Institutes, Supplier Development Programmes, and SDG Implementation at the national level.
- Support the updating of funding trends for the organization including the identification of potential or emerging funding streams for UNDP to capitalize on.
- Support with other research and analysis for selected topics/donors, as needed, including donor consultations.
- Undertake analyses and support implementation of corporate initiatives, such as BERA work planning and reporting, across BERA units/groups to ensure coherence and strategic applications of BERA’s vision/value proposition for UNDP
- Assist with the analysis and reform of corporate policies and procedures on partnerships and resource mobilization
- Analyse and provide substantive commentary to Global and Country Programme Documents
- Support communication and dissemination of information including the development of outreach materials/products as well as presentations for client country office and external partner relations
- Support to knowledge management through analysis, compiling lessons learned, enhancing web/intranet presence and use of social media
- Support the organization of missions, meetings, events, webinars, etc
- Prepare meeting minutes/notes to file
- Undertake follow-up actions as needed
Perform other duties as may be required
Outputs/ Deliverables/ Reporting Requirements:
- Standard Presentations developed; talking points gathered or developed;
- Support to the development of briefs for high-level visits, meetings and other outreach activities;
- Outreach/communications materials produced, e.g. consolidated regional updates, and Intranet/web presence updated and enhanced;
- Support to regional partnerships services to UNDP offices;
- Country specific analysis of development cooperation policy and practice as input into partner engagement strategies and action plan,;
- Research, analyses and inputs to UNDP corporate policies on partnerships and RM provided;
General administration and logistical support provided, including meetings, events, workshops, teleconferences, webinars, etc.
Required Skills and Experience
NOTE: The internship must start within one year of graduation.
Years of experience:
Relevant national/international experience in development, international relations, finance/economics, political science, management, communications, business consulting, knowledge management or related field.
UNDP may accept interns provided the following conditions are met:
- Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.
- The costs associated must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, visa, etc.
- UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.
In addition, selected candidate will need to:
- Have a valid visa to work in the US
- Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out (i.e. New York, USA).
- Provide a Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician
- The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
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