Position Description

Intern, Environmental And Trade Initiatives
Job category Intern
Group Platform for Global Public Goods
Location Geneva
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INTERN, ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRADE INITIATIVES
(February – August 2020)
 
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
 
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
 
Why we are recruiting
 
At the Forum, the Centre for Global Public Goods seeks to bring innovation and frontier approaches to help the international system be more agile and equipped to respond to today's challenges. The Platform on the Future of Trade & Global Economic Interdependence works with a range of stakeholders to inform business and policy debate on critical trade and investment issues. The Forum’s trade and investment activities serve to inform business and policy debate on critical issues, as well as to catalyse practical steps for change. Focus areas include trade tensions, digital trade, sustainable investment, tax and competition policy and trade facilitation.
 
Our teams are currently hiring four (4) interns to provide support in the areas mentioned below. All intern candidates must be currently enrolled in a course of study, preferably at the Master’s level or higher. Applications must be submitted before 31 January 2020.
 
When applying, please submit a cover letter that clearly indicates which internship(s) you are interested in and your qualifications for the role. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
 
(1) Intern – Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP)
 
This intern will support the project management of the Country Financing Roadmaps within SDIP, conducting relevant research, curating content from different sources, and helping map the SDG financing gap in different countries, as well as the mix of capital flows (domestic, private, foreign, local) mobilized in the country.
  • Contribute to effective stakeholder engagement, leading on the coordination of the participant logistics for events including mapping stakeholders, handling relevant data entry, and organizing consultations with private sector and international organizations
  • Support management of external resources contributing for the development of Country Financing Roadmaps, including secondees and consultants
  • Provide support for the preparation of key documents and communications regarding Country Financing Roadmaps, specifically to the Consensus Documents drafted for different countries
  • Contribute to the management of the different governance bodies (Secretariat, Task-Force, and Pool of Experts) for the development of Country Financing Roadmaps

The successful candidate will be assessed on:

  • Ensuring a smooth and effective participation for members at different levels of the Country Financing Roadmap governance bodies
  • Providing a strong analytical foundation for the development of Country Financing Roadmap, through research conducted internally and externally
  • Successfully juggling competing priorities, with shifting parameters, to deliver to the highest standards and to agreed deadlines

Specific requirements:

  • Currently completing a Master’s degree in economics, business, public policy, international development, or other relevant subject
  • Sharp research skills, ability to curate content, conduct thoughtful analyses, and communicate efficiently
  • Strong interest and ideally experience in development finance

(2) Intern – Trade for the Circular Economy

 

This intern will support the Trade & Circular Economy teams to:

  • Undertake analysis and mapping of the key trade related opportunities and challenges for private and public stakeholders to accelerate the circular economy transition.
  • Manage the organization of a trade for circular economy convening, bringing together key partners trade and circular economy experts from business, government and international organizations.
  • Based on this, collaborate with the relevant teams to shape a concrete proposal for partnerships and next steps.

The successful candidate will be assessed on:

  • Ability to scope and map complex issues and synthesize findings into simple and clear communications
  • Organizational skills and ability to convene multi-stakeholder dialogues
  • Successfully juggling competing priorities, with shifting parameters, to deliver to the highest standards and to agreed deadlines
  • Solid writing and analytical skills

Specific requirements:

  • Currently completing a Master’s degree in topics related to international relations, trade, environment, global value chain management, circular economy or related fields;
  • Capacity to apply critical thinking and interested in driving the frontier of knowledge for how trade and trade policy can effectively facilitate the circular economy transition
  • Successful experience in animating and managing communities as demonstrated through personal or professional activities

(3) Intern – Trade & Global Economic Interdependence Platform

 

This intern will support the growth of our Trade & Global Economic Interdependence community through improving our strategic positioning, developing outreach channels, identifying and recruiting new members and helping them participate on our platform.

  • Research and Analysis: Explore and sift the universe of potential business and other leaders interested in trade and investment reform. Prioritize targets and refine approach strategies to best fit the team’s capabilities. Suggest improvements to the value proposition.
  • Interviewing and Communications: Reach out to identified contacts to understand their interests. Discuss potential fit with the Forum offering and develop customised proposals. Follow-up to secure lasting relationships.
  • Structuring and Organizing: Support planning and delivery of community management, ensuring efficiency, clarity, and coherence.

The successful candidate will be assessed on:

  • Ability to drive sales processes from start to finish in a non-profit environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure seamless processes
  • Ability to identify, advance and transparently track progress of opportunities

Specific requirements:

  • Currently completing a Master’s degree in international business or related field, with good knowledge of international trade and investment
  • Strong research and analytical skills with ability to quickly synthesize large volumes of information into accessible summaries
  • Excellent communication skills, able to organise complex issues into clear formats for non-technical audiences
  • Familiarity and ability to leverage latest communication channels, video, web and presentation tools to deliver a message

(4) Intern – Natural Climate Solutions Alliance

 

The Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) Alliance Intern will support the secretariat in the development of a public-private sector alliance to take forward a shared vision to drive the scaling of finance for nature-based solutions with a specific focus on building on existing mechanisms i.e. REDD+ and carbon off-sets for nature-based solutions.

  • Collaborate with the Climate Team in keeping the NCS Alliance website updated
  • Maintain the virtual community on Toplink
  • Provide support with the preparation of key documents and communications
  • Assist in the design and execution of sessions and events such as country dialogues
  • Support the NCS Alliance Lead in running the bimonthly calls and preparing the summary notes

The successful candidate will be assessed on:

  • Ability to work well within a team, autonomously, organized, flexible and able to handle a high-pressure environment
  • Robust critical thinking, analytical and attention to detail

Specific requirements:

  • Currently completing a Master’s degree in environmental studies, science, business administration, strategy management; or other relevant subject
  • Successful experience in animating and managing communities as demonstrated through personal or professional activities
  • Good understanding of relevant issues (international climate change policy framework, carbon markets, natural climate solutions) and the connections between them

What you may expect from this learning opportunity

  • Understand how a non-profit organization functions as well as its place in the world order
  • Further your knowledge on climate change and carbon off-sets for nature-based solutions
  • Exposure to critical challenges facing international trade and investment
  • Increase knowledge on the circular economy and sustainable trade
  • Acquire work experience in public-private collaboration and develop a network that will be invaluable for the development of your working career
  • Most importantly, you will be part of an international effort that is actively working towards a better future.

Why work at the Forum

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and cooperation, shaping mind-sets and agendas and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change.

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