Finance Internship

United Nations Office for Project Services

Geneva, Switzerland

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The past fifteen years have seen tremendous gains in reducing the burden of disease and progressing towards malaria elimination. Since 2000, global malaria deaths have been cut by more than half, saving 7 million lives, primarily among children less than five years of age. Expansions in financing, strong political commitments, novel diagnostic and preventative measures, and multi-sectoral coordination have facilitated this progress. Since 1998, RBM Partnership to End Malaria has been central to the global fight against malaria. It has been essential to mobilizing resources and scaling up innovative interventions, putting the world onto a path towards eliminating malaria. The Partnership comprises more than 500 partners committed to end malaria, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

The RBM Partnership's Vision is of a world free from the burden of malaria. The RBM Partnership is based in Geneva and hosted by UNOPS.

Functional Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities :

  • The internship is a learning and working opportunity that provides insight to the finance function in UNOPS. The  Finance intern will assist the Finance team  and provide support to the Finance Team in the RBM Secretariat. The intern will be exposed to practical learning and working experiences that foster development of his /her path. The Intern will work full time and follow the same working hours as UNOPS employees. Under the guidance and supervision of Finance & Grants Officer, the Finance Intern will be responsible for supporting a variety of  functional tasks and work packages, including but not limited to:

Expenditure control and monitoring:

  • Review the recorded transactions in the system by ensuring that expenditure is coded to the correct place and prepare corrective journals as needed. 
  • Routine monitoring of financial expenditure for unusual activities, transactions and investigation of anomalies or unusual transactions.
  • Regularly monitoring and tracking the balance sheet account balances, preparing the reversal journal entries and cleansing of the balancing figures  when assigned 
  • Support in the tracking of all advances covering operational advances, petty cash, tax, pre-payments, advance financing etc ensuring timely reconciliation and settlement backed with complete supporting documentation.
  • With guidance from the Finance and Grants Officer, the intern will support the review of requests for operational advances, ensuring complete documentation, review expenditures reports for settlement, clearance, and replenishment;
  • With oversight from the supervisor, prepare the aged list of unliquidated obligations and agree on actions with the supervisor for further action.


  • Support finance team during  expenditure verifications on tasks  as assigned  
  • Support in reviewing and ensuring that all the transactions are supported by proper and sufficient supporting documentation.
  • Support in liaising with different departments in collecting supporting documentation.
  • Filing: Review and ensure maintenance of files including electronic filing system for all financial records and documentation.


  • Support the Finance department with administrative activities related to financial management as required.
  • Overall Filling: Ensure maintenance of files, all financial records and documentation;
  • Provides support on ad-hoc finance-related matters as needed and as assigned by the Finance and Grants Officer.  

Training components and learning elements:

  • UNOPS highly values interns' contributions and appreciates the importance of learning during an internship. UNOPS thus provides a wealth of opportunities for on-the-job training, studying project-related documents, data analysis and preparation of reports and statistics. 
  • UNOPS encourages the intern to raise specific wishes regarding learning opportunities before and during the internship. S/he will have access to a large offering of online training on the comprehensive UNOPS intranet

Participation in missions or training courses

  • Exposure to UNOPS processes and activities; If mission travel is undertaken, Daily Subsistence Allowance, in accordance with UN policy

Additional comments:

  • The internship comes with no expectations of future employment with UNOPS as a direct result of the internship. The internship is offered for 6 months. Candidates who are unable to commit to at least 6 months are requested to not apply.

Education/Experience/Language requirements:

Academic qualifications :

  • Be enrolled in a university programme such as Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D. (or the equivalent) preferably in finance, economics, or an equivalent degree in related fields or have graduated from such studies within three (3) years prior to the application date of the internship.

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. French is an advantage.