Emerging and Multi-stakeholder Partnerships-Intern, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: USA

City: New York

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Closing date: Thursday, 26 January 2023

Emerging and Multi-stakeholder Partnerships-Intern


Application Deadline : 26-Jan-23 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Internship

Post Level : Intern

Languages Required : Expected Duration of Assignment : 3 months to 6 months (negotiable)

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. BERA leads and supports the organization in building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances essential for successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships include a range of constituencies and development partners, related to resource mobilization and donor relations, intergovernmental affairs with member states, multilateral institutions, IFIs, the European Commission, private sector, foundations, UN system agencies and UN inter-governmental bodies.

BERA is positioned around three service lines, moving towards an audience orientation, namely, Public Partners Partnerships, Marketing and Communications and Private and Finance partners, each guided by the Directorate and supported by the Management Support and Strategy and Analytics Teams. BERA has a network of Regional External Relations Teams in five hubs co-led with Regional Bureaux and Representation Offices in Europe, Japan, Qatar, the US, namely, Bonn, Brussels, Copenhagen, Doha, Geneva, Tokyo and Washington D.C., which manage and strengthen relationships with Public and Private Partners in country and help build a strong brand for UNDP within the local ecosystem including UN partnerships.

The Public Partnerships Group (PPG) provides trusted engagement for public partnerships in line with UNDP Strategic Plan and business planning targets; Coordination of multi stakeholder partnerships including quality assurance; Engage with key political constituencies and actors, intergovernmental and inter-agency processes; Advise on and develop strategies, gather intelligence, & coordination on donor and partner engagement. Advisory services on UN system-wide coherence; UNDP representation to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with member states for positioning and fundraising. The Group consists of five teams: UN System Affairs, Partnerships Portfolio Management, Performance and Analysis Portfolio, International Financial Institutions, and Emerging and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships.

The Emerging and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Team works in collaboration, namely with UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN), Bureau of Management (BMS), Regional Bureaux (RBx) and country offices, to strengthen institutional strategic engagement with new and emerging partners, support Country Offices forge multi-stakeholder partnerships, and remove any obstacles to resource mobilization. Key functions include:

Emerging Partners partnerships guidance to:

Cultivate relationships between UNDP and emerging partners

In collaboration with RBx and BERA Regional Teams build partnerships with high potential core and non-core donors among non-DACs and emerging donors.

Bring corporate standards to relationships with high-potential emerging partners in collaboration with RBx.

Multi-Stakeholder Pooled and Thematic Funding advice to:

Develop and cultivate opportunities for UNDP to participate more actively in multi-stakeholder funding platforms.

Develop new UNDP thematic funding opportunities, working closely with the funding windows team in GPN to create offers that increase thematic funding that align with Public Partner interests.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within the broader PPG objectives and in support of the Emerging and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Team, under the overall guidance and direction of the Team Leader, the Intern will undertake the following tasks in support of developing an emerging donor engagement plan:

Support with data collection on development cooperation priorities of emerging donors to UNDP.

Research of donors‘ aid policies, practices and budget allocations including contributions to multilaterals.

Support with internal communications and development of donor profiles, guidance notes and other online toolkits for internal communication and capacity building in Resource mobilization linked to emerging donors, pooled and thematic funding.

Support the updating of funding trends and news for the organization including the identification of potential or emerging funding streams for UNDP to capitalize on.

Support donor-specific communication material research and development.

General administration and logistical support provided, including the organization of meetings, events, workshops, teleconferences, 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

Donor due diligence information and guidance material developed.

Analysis/mapping of UNDP collaboration with emerging donors undertaken.

Partner specific research conducted to feed into policy papers, strategic notes and other relevant internal documents.

Evidence and research findings integrated in internal and external engagements.

Communications and knowledge management products developed, updated and maintained.


Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP

Proven understanding of international development and multilateralism, particularly the UN system, including ideally its intergovernmental bodies and fora, Secretariat, agencies, funds and programmes.

Excellent analytical and data handling capability

Good understanding and experience in current knowledge management technologies

Excellent organizational, general administration, time management skills

Strong English language skills (oral and written)

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

Strong research, analytical, writing, and communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


Enrollment in graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent or higher).

Enrollment in the final academic year of a university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent)

Relevant university degree (as defined above) within one year of graduation.

Currently enrolled in a Master’s / postgraduate university in international relations, political science or related field.

Years of experience

Relevant national/international experience in development, international relations, finance/economics, political science, management, communications, business consulting, knowledge management or related field.

Knowledge in development-related areas, multi-stakeholder engagement, international or multilateral organizations.

Prior relevant experience is an asset, including experience in drafting meeting notes and reports, as well as organizing meetings and collaborative events

Conditions: UNDP may accept interns provided the following conditions are met:

Interns may be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme.

Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.

The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.

In the current context, the intern is expected to work mainly from home, as travel may be restricted to/ from New York City.

Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship.

Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of the following documents upon selection:

Copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae.

Letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date.

Letter of recommendation from a professor.

Copy of her/his school transcript.

Copy of passport.

Completed UNDP internship application form.

Signed UNDP Internship Agreement.

Medical Certificate of Good Health.

Proof of medical insurance.

Subsequent Employment:

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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