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Vacancy Announcement No: UPU/20/Intern/ISHIP/277
Title: Postal Financial Inclusion Research Trainee
Grade: Intern
Type of contract: Internship
Duration:  6 months
Publication Date:
Application Deadline: 14 April 2020 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Organizational Unit: Policy, Regulation and Markets Directorate (DPRM)
Financial Inclusion
Duty Station:  Bern Switzerland
Scheduled date for taking up appointment:  As soon as possible by agreement
Organizational Context:
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations and the principal forum for cooperation between postal sector stakeholders, establishes the rules for international mail exchanges. It has 192 member countries and has its headquarters in Berne.

Its primary objective is to encourage the provision of a quality postal service that is accessible to all, and its core mission is to develop social, cultural and commercial communication between peoples.

The UPU comprises several bodies, including the Postal Operations Council (POC), made up of representatives from 40 member countries, which considers operational and technical matters of interest to the postal service. It promotes the introduction of new postal products. It also establishes standards for the various technological, operational or other processes and procedures for their implementation and the Council of Administration (CA) consisting of 41 member countries and ensuring the continuity of the UPU's work between Congresses, supervising its activities and studying regulatory, administrative, legislative and legal issues.

Every four year, the UPU prepares a Global Panorama on Postal Financial inclusion as its flagship research for the financial inclusion work stream. The Panorama draws data from a survey of all 192 of UPU's Member Countries and provides an evidence base for UPU's research and advocacy work in the field of financial inclusion. The 2020 Panorama work will start from March 2020 with the launch of the survey, and the publication is due at the end of 2020.

The Financial Inclusion team is looking for a motivated, self-starting, energetic trainee who can perform the collecting, collating, and cleaning of survey data coming in from Member countries with the ultimate objective of preparing a coherent, insightful, analytic narrative for the 2020 Global Panorama.
Main duties:
Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the trainee will be required to:

1. Support the Financial Inclusion team to collect data for the Global Postal Panorama 2020

2. Specific tasks include:
- Intensely follow up and ensuring collection of survey data from all 192 member countries
- Collate, clean, and maintain survey data in an excel database
- Ensure data integrity, and follow up with member countries to fill in data gaps or errors
- Prepare initial views, analysis, and trends based on collected survey data
- Work with the research team to draft cast studies for the 2020 Global Panorama

3. In addition, the Trainee might be called upon to support the team in the implementation and execution of technical assistance projects in 20 countries around the world. This work, will involve:
- Ensuring clear progress and results reporting from beneficiary Posts to UPU
- Assist the Technical Assistance Facility Manager in the monitoring of projects
Skills and abilities / competencies:
Following our rules, the intern will be EXCLUSIVELY a student finalizing a Bachelor's or enrolled in a Master's programme or a recent graduate (less than 6 months) with a strong academic background in any field related to international business , international finance, or similar.

The following skills are mandatory:
- Ability to deliver project in a cross-cultural environment, building upon the core tenets of respect for all cultures and values
- An appreciation of financial inclusion and the delivery of inclusive financial services to meet national and global development goals, including the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
- An appreciation of the challenges faced by the financial inclusion sector.
- Proficiency in MS Excel, with the ability to collect, clean, and analyse large survey data.
- Ability to prepare clear, concise reports and analysis and communicate in English.
- Understanding of additional UN languages is a plus.
- A positive, can-do attitude.

The following are desirable:
- Prior knowledge of conducting global surveys.
- Experience of using web-based survey platforms.
- Stress resilience in delivering high intensity, high visibility, global projects.
Additional Information:
In line with UPU rules, this traineeship is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for STUDENTS. Any other candidate profile will not be considered. Recent graduates in the areas described above are also invited to apply. They must have graduated within six months of the date of this announcement.

The traineeship will be remunerated in accordance with current UPU Human Resources rules.

The conditions of service are governed by the Staff Regulations and Rules of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
All applications must be received by the closing date as stated in the vacancy announcement.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Applications from women and member states are particularly encouraged.

The UPU promotes diversity and work-life balance.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the UPU internet page at: https://upu.int/en/Universal-Postal-Union/Careers
Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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