United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

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Position: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Internship
Place of Work: Addis Ababa
Posted date: 1 month ago
Application Deadline: Dec, 30/2020 (63 days left)

ECA's mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063. The mission will be guided by ECA's five new strategic directions which are: advancing ECA's position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent's problems and take local solution to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and trans-boundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa's position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

The internship is located in the Innovative Finance and Capital Markets Section in the Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDFD) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

The internship is for two (2) months with a possibility for extension, depending on the needs of the section.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

The focus of this internship will be to assist the Division in its work to undertake research and analytically work to support member States in the design and implementation of policies to achieve sustainable economic growth by leveraging the private sector as a driving source of growth and providing innovative alternative means of financing for development.

Responsibilities

Under the general guidance of the Director of the Division and the direct supervision of the Chief of Innovative Finance and Capital Markets Section, the incumbent will carry out the following functions:

  • Assist with research on promoting policies to increase cooperation between member states and the private sector by encouraging stronger participation. In particular, carry out research on how the effects of a pandemic, such as COVID-19, on financial markets and institutions in African countries and the different ways it has impacted their economic growth than developed countries;

  • Assist with research on debt sustainability and debt consolidation, and the review of financial regulations for deepening domestic capital markets.;

  • Assist with a collection of data, analysis and overall research on the regulation and supervision of pensions funds and other institutional investors in Africa for increased investment in infrastructure.

  • Assist with other tasks as needed and participate in some day-to-day operational tasks of the secretariat. This may include servicing requests for information; support for developing presentations; etc.

 

Competencies

Communication:

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
  • Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in two-way communication
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed


Teamwork:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda
  • Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Client Orientation:

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to the client

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the internship programme.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is an asset.


How to apply

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

  • Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
  • Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
  • List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
  • List your top three areas of interest.
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
  • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.


In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

This is an ongoing advertisement. The successful candidates may be contacted at any time within the posting period or shortly thereafter.

 

Follow the link to apply: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=137417&Lang=en-US





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