Several UN Intern, CleanStart Programme Job Opportunities – United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Organization: United
Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
United Nations Capital
Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s
least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and
their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment
capital.  UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia and
the Pacific, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or
crisis.  It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical
support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses,
and local governments finance the capital investments – water systems, feeder
roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
About UNCDF CleanStart
UNCDF’s CleanStart Programme supports low-income consumers to
transition to cleaner and more efficient energy through inclusive finance.
CleanStart is a global programme helping to lift at least 2.5 million people
out of energy poverty by 2020. To achieve this vision, the programme provides
risk capital and technical assistance to competitively selected financial
service providers and energy enterprises.
At the heart of the CleanStart approach is brokering risk-sharing
partnerships between downstream as well as upstream value chain actors, and
de-risking some investment opportunities. Of particular value to CleanStart is
developing partnership and financing models that can be replicated and
scaled-up by other public and private actors working towards a common vision of
expanding energy access for the poor.
CleanStart is active in Nepal, Uganda, Ethiopia, Myanmar, and several
other East and West African countries through a partnership with a rural
microfinance institution called PAMIGA. The CleanStart global programme team is
based in UNCDF’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Thailand, as well as Nepal and
Job Summary: The internship
will contribute to improving knowledge sharing and market awareness efforts of
the CleanStart program. This will include functions related to research;
communications and partnerships; and advocacy/market awareness to increase
visibility of CleanStart results and insights amongst the clean energy and
energy financing sectors. CleanStart is looking for interns who are willing to
explore the field of financial inclusion to reduce energy poverty through both
knowledge sharing and knowledge production.
Key Duties and
The Interns will
be taken on a rolling basis. Applicants can apply for a specific work stream as
highlighted below, or the CleanStart programme will match the intern with a
specific work stream:
Knowledge Production (Research and Analytics):
Supporting (Big Data) research and analysis
Supporting monitoring and evaluation of
CleanStart partners to distill lessons learned from progress reports on program
and product innovation activities;
Reviewing and keep stock off energy finance
literature and policy publications;
Supporting research publication writing and
Market development  (Business development support and Advocacy)-
Scoping opportunities for clean energy
enterprises in Uganda;
Liaising with CleanStart enterprise partners to
evaluate needs related to training; financing; market awareness; and general
management (Incubation services);
Researching financing opportunities (blended finance,
risk capital, equity, grants) for clean energy enterprises in CleanStart target
Development and management of Cleanstart
enterprise partner database;
Other tasks as requested by the CleanStart team.
Knowledge Sharing (Communications and Partnerships):
Providing input and maintaining the contact
database the programme;
Supporting events and thinkshops organization
with sector participants;
Producing of a variety of communication tools:
writing of blog articles, news and press releases;
Curating content related to energy finance and
financial inclusion in social networks;
Disseminating information about the programme’s
events and publications in social media;
Reporting on events feedback by participants and
writing workshops proceedings;
Performing desktop research on donors, partners
and resource mobilization opportunities for the CleanStart Program and its
partners (energy companies, financial institutions);
Supporting writing proposals and concept notes
as needed.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
ideal candidate for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Intern,
CleanStart Programme employment opportunity should be enrolled in a
relevant master’s programme in a graduate school (second university degree
equivalent or higher) at the time of application and during the internship, or
having graduated from a relevant programme in the last year OR
Pursuing relevant university/college studies
with significant work experience, if applying from a country where graduate
studies are not widely available.
Previous work experience is considered an asset;
but it is not a requirement unless graduate studies are not widely available.
Personal Competencies:
Understanding of sustainable development,
renewable energy, and private sector development and engagement is an asset;
Demonstrable skills in research, analytical
thinking, and communication;
Excellent writing and editing skills in English;
Proven ability to manage diverse and complex
tasks, with tight deadlines;
Able to take initiative and work independently,
with minimum supervision;
Strong organizational, communication and
interpersonal skills with ability to work under pressure within an
international setting;
Interest in the UN system and general knowledge
of development issues is a plus;
Ability to perform a variety of administrative
How to Apply:
All candidates should submit your Resume/CV and an application using
the UNCDF Internship Application form, Download Here
All applications must contain the following information:
Summary statement of competencies in relation to
the TOR
Earliest availability, part and/or full time,
when they complete their studies, preferred workstream, duty station location
Curriculum Vitae
Please upload your United
Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) credentials at the link below
Deadline: 15th March 2018
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