Internship Opportunity with the Multi Partner Trust Fund Office-UNDP

  • Added Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 28 February 2020

The MPTF Office is a UN center of expertise on pooled financing mechanisms. It supports development effectiveness and UN coherence through the efficient, accountable and transparent design and administration of innovative pooled financing instruments as well as provision of advisory services for fund operations. Housed within UNDP, the MPTF Office is firewalled from all UN implementing entities, UNDP included. The MPTF Office has put in place a number of tools and systems to support its fund administration services, including the MPTF Office GATEWAY (see

The MPTF Office’s current portfolio is over $10 billion in total (> 750 million/year) and includes over 100 pooled financing mechanisms (country-level and global MDTFs, Joint Programmes (JPs) and National Funds), established for humanitarian, transition, development and climate change activities.

The scope of Trust Funds for this internship include a combination of Country-Based Humanitarian Funds, Transition Funds (Somalia, OPT), Health related Trust Funds (Antimicrobial Resistance, Working for Health, etc), youth education and employment (Generation Unlimited)

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Portfolio Manager the typical tasks performed by interns include:

  •     conducting research;
  •     writing documents;
  •      Developing infographics for various constituencies of the Funds listed above
  •     cataloguing information;
  •     assisting in the organization of conferences, forums or other collaborative events; and
  •     publishing knowledge stories/best practices, etc.
  •     Working on materials for the GATEWAY 2.0
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the reporting managers.



  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.


  • Ability to get things done.



  • Excellent research skills, combined with a proven analytical aptitude and ability to tap into a vast array of traditional and new knowledge sources.


  • Excellent writing skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude and strong communication skills.


  • Strong organizational, time management, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work flexibly.

Team work

  • Demonstrates intercultural sensitivity in a multicultural environment.


  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’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.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Students in development, business, international relations, law or related fields who are currently: i) enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or ii) enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (iii) have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • No professional experience necessary.

Language Requirements

  • All applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English;
  • Additional UN languages (especially French, and Spanish) are an  advantage.


  • Available part time or full-time for a up to a period 6 months.  
  • Interns are expected to work part time/full time or as agreed with supervisors from: Monday - Friday between 9:30am - 5:00pm.

Financial Arrangements

  • UNDP pays a stipend to a maximum of USD 1000.00 to full time interns only. It is prorated for part time interns accordingly per each day worked for internships.

Duration of internship

  • The duration of an internship assignment varies in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of MPTFO/UNDP. Assignments are available for the period of minimum 6 weeks to a maximum of 6 months.

Health and Medical Insurance

  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must therefore carry adequate and regular medical insurance. Proof of medical coverage must be provided before the internship starts.

Further career opportunities

  • The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP MPTF Office but, as mentioned, to complement a student’s studies. Interns wishing to be considered for employment with MPTFO/UNDP even if otherwise fully qualified, are not eligible for consideration for employment during their internship.
  • Further Career Opportunities:
  • The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern's studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.
  • 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.


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