Org. Setting and Reporting
The Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD) Internship is for minimum of three months, with a possibility of extension up to six months, if required by the Division.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Division or Section to which they are assigned.
MPFD provides a combination of normative-analytical and capacity-development activities to 53 member States and 9 associate members of ESCAP, taking into account the significant variation in their geographic, demographic, and socio-economic conditions. The Division undertakes analytical studies and policy-oriented research on medium- to long-term macroeconomic and development issues facing the region, including for the development needs of the region’s least developed countries and other countries with special needs.
More details are available from https://www.unescap.org/our-work/macroeconomic-policy-financing-development.
Under the general guidance of the Section Chief and the direct supervision of a responsible officer, the intern will make a contribution to the research work of the Division. While responsibilities change according to the needs of the Division, typical tasks include the following:
· Undertake research and analysis in such areas as:
o Macroeconomic policy and analysis: monetary policy, fiscal policy, tax cooperation, public financing efficiency and governance, econometric analysis for policy evaluation
o Financing for development: domestic and external resource mobilization, capital market development, infrastructure financing, public-private partnerships, financial inclusion (e.g., small business’ access to finance); foreign direct investment, official development assistance (ODA), remittance and climate finance.
o Special support to least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States: poverty reduction, LDC graduation, economic diversification, structural transformation, development cooperation
· Identify key short- to medium-term risks to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region;
· Prepare summary tables, graphs, and other inputs, as needed, for ESCAP publications such as the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report, working papers and policy briefs; and
· Perform other related duties as assigned.