Partnerships Research Analyst - Internship

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UNDP strives to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance, and applies an equal opportunities approach. All selection is on merit.

Objectives of the Programme.

UNDP India works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by facilitating transformative change and development impact at scale through three outcome areas aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Framework and the national development agenda: (1) Institutional and Systems Strengthening for Service Delivery; (2) Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods; and (3) Energy, Environment, Climate and Resilience.

In India, the private sector is emerging as a major source of development cooperation. As a result of the amendment in the Indian Companies Act 2013 which prescribes private corporations and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to dedicate 2 per cent of net profit as part of a company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending, companies are known to be moving away from grant giving and appreciate the commercial value of entering long-term partnership arrangements for direct association with development outcomes, especially towards meeting the SDGs. UNDP, as a trusted development partner and considerable presence across India is well positioned to grasp this opportunity presented by entering into new qualitative partnerships with the private sector.

UNDPs strategic engagements model to engage private sector in sustainable development is as follows:

Resource transfer: Strategic partnerships that includes financial or in-kind resources from a company to UNDP (both at the global and country level with majority of financial and in-kind at the country office level). Co-Creating Value: UNDP is also increasingly looking to align with core business propositions of companies well-aligned to UNDP’s vison and commitments to co-develop partnership propositions that leverage finances from the business side, beyond the CSR mandate and offer value to the donor from a business perspective as well.

Technical and financial assistance: Strategic partnerships that primarily build on company expertise including technology transfer and technical and financial assistance to developing country-based enterprises from UNDP. Such partnerships usually are fostered with the private sector companies or through blended partnerships with a few other donors on board. These would be especially critical in leveraging knowledge from the private sector in more emerging domains such as AI, green jobs and 21st Century skills.

Public policy regulation and advocacy: Strategic partnerships that offer a platform to facilitate dialogue between the public and private sector. Examples include UNDP’s role in setting up Global Compact local networks in 40+ countries, the Business Call to Action which challenges companies to undertake inclusive business approaches, and the World Business and Development Awards etc.

Philanthropy and foundations: Strategic partnerships for advocating and raising awareness about the SDGs. For example, the SDG Philanthropy Platform is a global initiative that connects foundations and philanthropists with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact

Advancing value chains: Strategic partnerships to promote women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and apprenticeships and linking them with the core business operations and CSR.

Innovative Value Propositions: UNDP is also looking to engage with private sector partners and corporate donors to diversify the value proposition being offered to include Cause Marketing Campaigns and Corporate Employee Volunteer Engagement programmes, and NextGen UNDP engagement, including by leveraging the work of the Accelerator Lab Network.

Duties and Responsibilities

As part of the Strategic Partnerships Unit and under the supervision of Partnerships Specialist, the Partnerships Research Intern – will be responsible for undertaking the following activities:

Duties and Responsibilities:

Mapping and Landscape Assessment

• Carry out mapping of private sector companies in accordance with UNDPs private sector engagement strategy – map Top companies in each programmatic pillars. Support with contacts and engagement plan

• Carry out mapping of Institutional, multilateral, bilateral and foundation donors in accordance with UNDPs Country office plan

• Use public information and gather market intel to map, synthesise and interpret current and future potential for private and institutional engagement.

MIS and Analytics

• Work on and maintain MIS, dashboards, meeting calendars for the Strategic Partnerships Unit

• Conduct analysis for internal and external meetings

Proposals and documentation

• Support in preparing presentations, decks, pitches, toolkits and process documents

• Support in proposals and budgets

Coordination and organisation of events

• Support the team with curation and coordination of events, conferences, workshops highlighting the work of the platform and building relationships within the ecosystem

• Build communication materials for the events and help spread awareness through the relevant channels

Expected Deliverables/ Outcomes:

• Mapping list of potential and prospective private and institutional donors for UNDP

• Background research and analysis on proposals

• Maintain dashboards and MIS

• Pitches, proposals, toolkits and budgets

• Event support


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Contributing to open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Contributes to promoting the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

Technical skills:

  • Ability to analyse large sets of data and reports and synthesize complex issues.
  • Familiarity with private sector, CSR and institutions
  • brings understanding in creating content across a variety of mediums
  • ability to plan and curate events and workshops
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP and partner(s) mandate
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong Powerpoint, Word and Excel skills
  • Ability to synthesise concepts and create informative reports

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

Basic research and analysis

  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.

Client Orientation:

Establishing effective client relationships

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external parties

Required Skills and Experience


  • Essential: Bachelors Degree
  • Knowledge of development sector


  • Knowledge and understanding of partnerships, CSR and the SDGs
  • Strong experience in research, analytics, content creation and editing
  • Extremely task/ detail oriented
  • Able to communicate clear ideas across a variety of mediums (in-person, phone, email, web, etc.)
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as in teams

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Written and Oral English



The completed “Internship Intern Form” available on the UNDP India website at Internship Intern Form should be completed along with a current and detailed Resume. Please group the above two documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload document.

Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents, upon selection: :

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in their undergraduate or graduate-level degree programme;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.
  • Kindly note, UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.
  • Working arrangements:
  • Interns will be given a stipend according to UNDP Internship Policy, if it is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government foundation or scholarship programme. A stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
  • 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. Interns must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan.
  • Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes.
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.
  • 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 purpose of the internship 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. The intern will be evaluated at the end of the internship.
  • IMPORTANT: Family relationships are required to be disclosed in order to avoid real or perceived family influence or conflict of interest, within UNDP. If the candidate/ hiring manager has not disclosed that he/she was related to an individual employed by UNDP in whatever contractual modality and irrespective of the nature of the family relationship, this may constitute a basis for withdrawing the offer of internship or, if the internship has started, to terminate it without notice or indemnity.
  • 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 be required to undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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