CleanStart Internship

UNCDF CleanStart
Bangkok, Thailand or Kampala, Uganda
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

The internship will contribute to improving knowledge sharing and market awareness efforts of the CleanStart program. This will include functions related to research; communications and partnerships; and advocacy/market awareness to increase visibility of CleanStart results and insights amongst the clean energy and energy financing sectors.

CleanStart is looking for interns who are willing to explore the field of financial inclusion to reduce energy poverty through both knowledge sharing and knowledge production.

Interns will be taken on a rolling basis. Applicants can apply for a specific work stream as highlighted below, or the CleanStart programme will match the intern with a specific work stream:

Knowledge Production (Research and Analytics)-
Supporting (Big Data) research and analysis activities;
Supporting monitoring and evaluation of CleanStart partners to distill lessons learned from progress reports on program and product innovation activities;
Reviewing and keep stock off energy finance literature and policy publications;
Supporting research publication writing and editing.

Market development  (Business development support and Advocacy)-
Scoping opportunities for clean energy enterprises in Uganda;
Liaising with CleanStart enterprise partners to evaluate needs related to training; financing; market awareness; and general management (Incubation services);
Researching financing opportunities (blended finance, risk capital, equity, grants) for clean energy enterprises in CleanStart target countries;
Development and management of Cleanstart enterprise partner database;
Other tasks as requested by the CleanStart team.

Knowledge Sharing (Communications and Partnerships)-
Providing input and maintaining the contact database the programme;
Supporting events and thinkshops organization with sector participants;
Producing of a variety of communication tools: writing of blog articles, news and press releases;
Curating content related to energy finance and financial inclusion in social networks;
Disseminating information about the programme’s events and publications in social media;
Reporting on events feedback by participants and writing workshops proceedings;
Performing desktop research on donors, partners and resource mobilization opportunities for the CleanStart Program and its partners (energy companies, financial institutions);
Supporting writing proposals and concept notes as needed.


Contract Duration: 3-6 months
The duty station of this internship is the Kampala, Uganda office for UNCDF CleanStart. Travel on mission is not required as part of the internship.

Understanding of sustainable development, renewable energy, and private sector development and engagement is an asset;
Demonstrable skills in research, analytical thinking, and communication;
Excellent writing and editing skills in English;
Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
Able to take initiative and work independently, with minimum supervision;
Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills with ability to work under pressure within an international setting;
Interest in the UN system and general knowledge of development issues is a plus;
Ability to perform a variety of administrative tasks.

Required Skills and Experience
Enrolled in a relevant master’s programme in a graduate school (second university degree equivalent or higher) at the time of application and during the internship, or having graduated from a relevant programme in the last year. OR
Pursuing relevant university/college studies with significant work experience, if applying from a country where graduate studies are not widely available.

Work experience is considered an asset; but it is not a requirement unless graduate studies are not widely available.

Internship conditions:
UNCDF does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
The intern is expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for his/her education programme;
The intern will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation etc.

Submit here for Kampala:
Submit here for Bangkok:

Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UNCDF Internship Application form:

All applications must contain the following information:
Summary statement of competencies in relation to the TOR
Earliest availability, part and/or full time, when they complete their studies, preferred workstream, duty station location
Curriculum Vitae