Internship Youthstart Youth Map – United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Organisation: United
Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: YouthStart
Programme Manager
About UNCDF:
United Nations Capital
Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s
48 least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and
their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital.
The INTERN will be part of the YouthStart Programme. YouthStart is a $12
million project supported by The MasterCard Foundation in partnership with
UNCDF launched in 2010 to spur innovation and delivery of financial services
for youth in Africa and mainstream them into inclusive financial sectors.
YouthStart has three main objectives: 1) Catalyse efforts by financial
institutions to innovate financial services for at least 200,000 poor youth (at
least half female); 2) Build capacity to offer youth sustainable, quality
financial services; and 3) Share learning with a range of stakeholders to
mainstream youth into financial sectors. The YouthStart program works with 10
Financial Service Providers (FSPs) across 8 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to
achieve its objectives of building capacity of financial institutions to
effectively and sustainably, innovate and deliver quality financial services to
low-income young people. As of December 2014, YouthStart partners have provided
access to savings for over 514,000 youth, access to loans to 71,735 young
entrepreneurs and have provided financial literacy and other non-financial
services (NFS) to 502,600 youth. As of December 2014, all 10 FSPs had mobilized
US $14.2 million in savings and had a gross loan portfolio of US $7.3 million. Information
on YouthStart may be found at
With the success of the
YouthStart Regional Pilot, YouthStart plans to deepen its presence in Africa
and expand to other regions such as Southeast Asia. In order to achieve this,
YS will be conducting an in-depth mapping of the youth economic opportunities
ecosystem in select countries.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Under the supervision of the
YouthStart Programme Manager the intern will undertake the following activities
in Uganda:
  • Carry
    out desk review and research to identify available information and
    contacts of youth NGOs, UN Agencies, donors and youth groups operating in
    Uganda. The desk research should also help them to identify contacts in
    the relevant ministries involved with youth and leads on policies and
    regulations affecting the youth economic opportunities environment and
    synthesized in a comprehensive database;
  • Support
    in interviewing key stake holders intervening in the YEO ecosystem in
    Uganda. As there may be several potential stakeholders, the intern will
    work with the YouthStart Programme Manager and UCNDF country staff to
    determine which key interviews to conduct for each group of stakeholders;
  • Technically
    support the YouthStart Programme Manager and other UNCDF country staff in
    analysing data collected from the different sources
  • Prepare
    a final research report that incorporates a list of the most relevant
    programmes/organizations to partner with in an eventual expansion of
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations UNCDF Internship placement should
    be enrolled in a master’s programme in economic development, finance,
    business or public administration or related field,
  • Demonstrated
    experience, part or full-time, paid or volunteer, in microfinance,
    inclusive finance, or related fields of finance, development, mobile money
    or technology for development, research, advocacy, and policy development.
Language: Fluency in English and proficiency in
French; Excellent writing skills in English.
Personal Competencies:
  • Demonstrated
    research and analytical capacity;
  • Excellent
    organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills;
  • Demonstrated
    ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
  • Ability
    to take initiative and work independently, with minimum supervision;
  • Able
    to work effectively in a team and in an international environment;
  • Highest
    standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Exhibit
    commitment to UNCDFs vision, mission, and strategic goals.
UNCDF 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.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who desire to join the United Nations Capital Development
Fund (UNCDF) are encouraged to submit their Resumes/CVs and an application
using the UNCDF Internship Application form, download here.
 To Upload Application Form and
finish application, please visit link below.
Deadline: 16th March 2015

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