Intern, Local Development Finance


The UNCDF is hiring an Intern, Local Development Finance.


UNCDF (UN Capital Development Fund) is the United Nations Capital Development for local development finance, inclusive finance and the promotion of Women and Youth empowerment in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) which main objective is to facilitate access to public and private capital for the most underserved people. Its expertise enables it to develop «last mile» financial models in areas where infrastructures, access to basic services, financial and non-financial services are lacking to unlock public and private resources at the national level. The expected impact is to reduce poverty and encourage economic local development. UNCDF’s work is based on two approaches:

Financial inclusion – New technologies and saving-based approach allowing individuals, households and small businesses to better participate in the local economic development by providing the tools and financial services they need to escape poverty and manage their financial situations;
Localized Investments – Thanks to fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal financing and structural financing of projects – which contribute to promote public and private financing to boost local economic growth and sustainable development.

Duties and Responsibilities


The intern will support the Local Development Finance Practice (Localized Investments) in West and Central Africa office of UNCDF to implement the portfolio of projects for the achievements of its goals regarding agriculture issues, food security and value chains challenges. These projects aim at boosting very small businesses namely in the whole agricultural value chain-, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, and at strengthening the capacities of municipalities – particularly in rural areas – for the implementation of their development mandate through improving their access to financing. Recently, UNCDF made some efforts to enhance food security and nutrition of local populations and sustainable local food. The UNCDF approach to FSN and sustainable food systems has been formalized in a dedicated programme named Finance for Food (F4F), which identifies UNCDF role in the provision of “solutions for local Food and Nutrition Security in Africa and Asia through encouraging increased gender-sensitive public, public-private and community investments to fill missing links in the Local Food System (LFS)”. To operationalize the Programme, UNCDF has developed methodological guides and FNS impact assessment framework.

To implement part of the recommendations of the F4F review, UNCDF is seeking for qualified intern to support the UNCDF Regional team and more specifically the Food Security Team by providing the following support:

More specifically, the intern will support UNCDF teams in the implementation and development of their programs by:

  • Support for conducting research on financing local development in the region
  • Support to analyze business model of Agri-SMEs
  • Support qualitative and quantitative data management and presentation of results
  • Support the review of Agri-SMEs and contribution to the UNCDF/LDFP Dual Key analysis
  • Support the development of case studies of successful Agri-SMEs
  • Support the development of concept notes and/or due diligence of gender sensitive food security investments
  • Support the Knowledge Management and publication of key results on Food Security and Food systems
  • Support UNCDF participation to UN Food System Summit
  • Participation to key meetings on Food Security and Food Systems

Work Arrangements 

  • The intern will be home-based;
  • The intern will work under the supervision of the UNCDF Regional Coordinator in WCA and its team;
  • The position is open to candidates from all nationalities, Senegalese included;

Please note that internships are paid about USD 100 per month. UNCDF’s internal rules do not allow the organization to provide compensation for travel and living expenses;
Please note that interns are not employees of UNCDF;
All costs/fees associated with the intern’s participation in the program must be borne by the intern.


  • Demonstrated interest in rural/local development issues in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Demonstrated experiences in agriculture, food security, value chains issues;
  • Excellent writing, analytical and research skills;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and the use of social media and other online tools in French and English;
  • Ability to take initiatives and work independently and in teams;
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)

Required Skills and Experience


  • The Intern must be enrolled at the university in Management, Economics, Politics or similar studies.
  • Or be enrolled in the last academic year of a first university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in related field of study.
  • Or have obtained a university degree (as defined above) less than one year before the beginning of the internship.


  • Excellent knowledge of French and English (written and oral).
  • Knowledge of other UN languages will be considered a plus.

General Internships Terms & Conditions

UNCDF Internship programme is governed by the UNDP Internship Policy Framework & Rules.
Under the new revised UNDP Internship Policy, UNCDF will provide a modest monthly internship stipend to its interns, in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity/institution. Stipends are available only for full-time/on-site internships at this time.
Selected Interns must be able to share proof of education enrolment and/ or graduation, medical/ health and life/accident insurance, valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out and be able to provide insurance documentary proof at the time of their selection.
The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNCDF but to complement an Intern’s studies and learning growth.
There is no expectation of employment at the end of these internships.

Application Process

Please note that the UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents (CV/ Resume, Cover Letter etc. into a single file before uploading).

  • In your application, please state in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship and your primary motivation to apply for this role (1-pager) and an updated CV in English or French ;
  • Please note that you will need to answer the mandatory questions on timeframe and availability (under Additional Questions section), which is a part of the internship application process, in addition to your cover letter ;
  • Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UNCDF Internship Application form in either English or French: ;
  • Applications should include the application form and latest Resume. Applicants are welcome to submit any additional work samples or portfolios in one single file, preferably PDF.

Important note! This is a general call for internships throughout 2021. We accept applications from interested and qualified applicants, on an ongoing basis for Internship opportunities with the UNCDF Local Development Finance (LDF) Regional Office for West and Central Africa.

Interested Candidates can apply at any time indicating the timeframe of their availability in the internship form. However, only those candidates selected for interviews / further assessment by Hiring Managers will be contacted on an ongoing basis, as per organizational need.

Closing date : 30 November 2021.

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