Finance Management Intern – UNDP Panama
Location : Panama City, Panama
Application Deadline : 15 November -2011
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required : English and Spanish
Starting Date : 1st December 2011
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration: 6 months
The Global ICT Advisor (GIA) Office has recently been established and oversees Country Office ICT advisory services, including assisting offices with ICT initiatives, providing guidance for ICT strategic direction, promoting and monitoring corporate policies and standards, capacity building, providing support to crisis countries and harmonization of ICT practices.
We can offer you an interesting and versatile internship placement in an international environment with contact to various cooperation partners from some 166 countries. We are a dynamic team working in an informal and good atmosphere, encouraging creativity, learning opportunities and new initiatives. As an intern you will become an integral part of the team. Your will be supported and guided by a finance expert who will act as a dedicated coach. You will be given responsibilities and opportunities that have a global and direct impact on the development efforts of the international community.
The transactional dimension of our is very significant, and includes an annual turn-over of $6.2 million and cost recovery of up to 168 offices worldwide for 4 different service lines, including managed security (firewall), messaging (corporate e-mail), satellite connectivity (VSAT) and Webhosting. With the incorporation of additional ICT service lines such as administration of licensing agreements, it is expected that the annual turn-over will increase to approximately $10 million over the next couple of years.
You will work in close coordination with colleagues in Panama, New York and Copenhagen and furthermore work in close collaboration with the Operations, IT and Management Support in all of UNDP’s 168 Country Offices, regional and liaison offices and well as with UNDP HQ for resolving finance-related issues and exchange of information.
You will be a part of the global network where you will get specific tasks and responsibilities. You will gain first-hand experience and understanding of the decision making processes in one of the world’s biggest multilateral organizations. It is expected that your will show initiative and apply your talent to implement new solutions in a practical manner.
Summary of key activities:
The Finance Management Intern will be assigned tasks and responsibilities in some of the following areas:
Development of Knowledge Management platform for the GIA Unit;
Design and develop web pages, as part of the UNDP Content Collaboration Architecture (CCA) including Internet, Intranet and Extranet (Team Works, Facebook, Twitter);
Work with Microsoft SharePoint applications to share information with Country Offices;
Improve the ICT Configuration Management Database (CMDB) and benchmarking tools for the ICT infrastructure;
Implement on-line ICT services request;
Integrate a budget module in the ICT baseline for the Country Offices;
Ensure that the necessary processes and procedures are widely distributed using the Knowledge Management Platform;
Develop instructions and templates from best practice and disseminate through a Practice Community;
Assist the GIA in promoting the overall ICT strategic framework and work plan pertaining to the minimum ICT standards, infrastructure, and connectivity dimensions;
Other duties as may be assigned by the GIA, the Deputy Director OIST (GSS), or the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and undertake on-call duties outside office hours as and when required.
Profile of the best candidate
Competencies, skills and attitudes of best candidate:
Interested in working in an international organization;
Able to communicate effectively with the ability to work independently and in a team;
Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
Fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Enjoys sharing knowledge and experience.
You are currently in the process of completing Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the field of economics, finance or equivalent. The internship is unpaid. However, it offers an exciting modern work environment in the UN House with first-class facilities in a great location. It also provides good experience, knowledge of the United Nations and a network for your future professional life.
You are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for your education programme.
Application and detailed CV in English and quoting “Internship in UNDP GIA Unit”, should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is: November 15th, 2011.