Partnerships and Communications Intern

United Nations Development Programme

New York, United States of America

Experience: Internship

Skill Required: Finance & Accounting

The UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) team in New York provides overall strategic oversight, guidance and quality assurance, management support, and broader regional analysis, including global issues.

The UNDP RBA Partnerships and Communications Team (PACT) is seeking a highly qualified graduate student to engage as an RBA PACT supporting strategic partnerships in the region. The intern will be expected to support the partnerships team through research and analysis on specific themes such as private sector financing and Diaspora and CSO engagements, organization of partner outreach, and dialogue. The intern will also support in scanning partnership-related news relevant to Africa and mapping of IFIs. In addition, the intern will be expected to perform other complementary duties as required by the Supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development of regional and country-specific donor (including IFI) mappings and trend analysis.
  • Develop 2-page Partnership Profiles of DAC, non-DAC, IFIs (including updating financial figures), researching new strategic opportunities for collaboration between RBA and these partners.
  • Provide research input by collecting information and insights on themes such as Private sector financing in Africa, Diaspora, and CSO engagements.
  • Support in compiling lessons learned and experiences from other UNDP Bureaus in terms of engagement with some DAC and non-DAC partners relevant for Africa. ( Eg. USAID, China)
  • Support partnership-building efforts with existing and potential partners (e.g., bilateral- and multilateral development organizations, philanthropic foundations, and financial facilities) through organizing partner outreaches/meetings and dialogues.
  • Support in researching and scanning news and consolidating relevant partnerships news concerning Africa for RBA’s contribution to the Executive Weekly.
  • Support in setting up an RBA Monthly Partnerships Bulletin including collecting and collating relevant information for the bulletin.
  • Support communication and dissemination of information on strategic partnerships including the development of outreach materials/products.
  • Support the organization of meetings, events, webinars, etc; prepare meeting minutes/notes to file, and undertake follow-up actions as needed.  
  • Attend events/meetings that are relevant to RBA’s partnership scope of work, and capture/report outcomes.
  • Apart from the above the Intern will also be required to execute other duties and assignments as entrusted by RBA Strategic Partnerships Specialist.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher in Economics, African Studies, History, Social Science, International Development, Development Studies, or other relevant fields),
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as described above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Proven understanding of international development, development financing and multilateralism particularly the UN system
  • Excellent analytical and data handling capability
  • Good understanding and experience in current knowledge management technologies
  • Excellent organizational, general administration, time management skills
  • Demonstrates strong computer skills and ability to produce information visually
  • Ability for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meet deadlines and work under pressure, strong follow-up skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment