Marketing and Market Research Intern

Geneva, , CH

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background information -WSSCC

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organization that works with poor people, organizations, governments and local entrepreneurs to improve sanitation and hygiene at scale.

Founded in 1990, WSSCC’s mission is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and safe drinking water for all, with focus on the poorest and most marginalized members of society in Africa and Asia. WSSCC facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, and engages rights holders and duty bearers to adopt policy guidelines on menstrual hygiene and disability. WSSCC also supports national sanitation and hygiene improvement programmes through its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), coordinates knowledge platforms, and advocates on behalf of the 2.3 billion people without access to improved sanitation across the globe. UNOPS is the legal and administrative host of WSSCC.

WSSCC partners with UN agencies, governments, and private corporations to promote SDG 6.2, which includes equal access to sanitation and hygiene for adolescent girls, people with disabilites and the elderly. The partnerships combine traditional and non-traditional modalities, innovative ways of working, networking, policy advocacy, knowledge sharing and learning, as well as targeted communications and media outreach. Much of this support is directed to coalition building and sector coordination to bring about policy reforms and large-scale improvements in sanitation and hygiene. Read more at

The Directorate, under the direction of the WSSCC Executive Director, provides leadership on key corporate processes and issues such as strategic planning and resource mobilization. The internship will be placed within the Directorate to support the organizational undertaking on resource mobilization, working under the supervision of Resource Mobilization and Strategic Partnership Development Officer. 

More information on WSSCC can be found at:
Functional Responsibilities

The Directorate of WSSCC is looking for a dynamic and motivated Marketing & Market Research intern who will support tasks related to strategic donor relations management and donor outreach (current and potential). Potential donors encompass new governmental donors, private sector, foundations and international financing institutions as well as innovative financing modalities. The intern will primarily be responsible to assist on donor research, intelligence gathering of funding trends, in-depth research on target donors, and assisting outreach activities and various work targeting donors. The latter will involve assistance to the development of tailored fundraising materials, making the case of investment for WSSCC to target donors. The Intern will work full time (40 hours a week) in an office space provided by WSSCC in Geneva.

More specifically, responsibilities include:

  • Assist with general WSSCC fundraising activities, including through regular participation in organizational meetings.
  • Assist with market research on opportunities to acquire funding and partnerships with states and non-state actors (e.g. foundations, philanthropic giving etc.).
  • Contribute to monitoring of latest news and funding trends related WSSCC’s mandate and innovative financing opportunities relate to associate Sustainable Development Goals such as gender equality, education, health and climate action.
  • Support the preparation of tailored marketing and pitch materials targeting current and potential donors.
  • Assist with coordination of general fundraising oriented activities such as events, drafting and editing.
  • Conduct research and duties as requested contributing towards the implementation of the Resource Mobilization Strategy.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Resource Mobilization Team.

Within a busy and motivated team, the intern will contribute towards: 1) Implementation of the organizational resource mobilization strategy; 2) Helping to demonstrate the value of a partnering with WSSCC to donors.

The internship provides the rare opportunity for a self-driven young individual to connect the theoretical aspects of their coursework with practical application – for example, in researching aid policies and priorities of governments and businesses to the Sustainable Development Goals (with focus on SDG 6.2).  The internship will also provide the experience of marketing WSSCC’s concrete case of development impact in the context of the SDGs to target audiences.

Training components

UNOPS highly values interns’ contributions and realizes the importance of learning during an internship. UNOPS thus provides a wealth of opportunities for on-the-job training, studying project-related documents, data analysis and preparation of reports and statistics. UNOPS encourages the intern to raise specific wishes regarding learning opportunities before and during the internship. 

Functional competencies

The incumbent needs to demonstrate UN core values, in addition to the below competencies and skills:

  • Analytical and problem solving skills – Excellent ability to make rational judgments from the available information and perform qualitative and quantitative analyses to gain a deeper understanding of a problem and to arrive at optimal solutions.
  • Result-oriented – Ability to focus on the result for the clients and respond positively to feedback.
  • Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and different stake holders with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Self-reliant: Ability to act independently with a minimum of supervision. Specific assignments may be reviewed while in progress; however, the majority of tasks are reviewed upon completion. Routine duties are performed independently.
  • Enrolment in a Master’s degree in business administration, corporate sustainability, communications, advertising, public relations, marketing or related areas. Enrolment in a Bachelor’s degree with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree. Applicants who have graduated from such studies within the recent three years will also be considered eligible for the position.
  • Previous relevant work experience would be an advantage, especially in areas of marketing or market research or in international development or business.
  • Proven spoken, written and oral fluency in English. Knowledge of other UN languages are considered an asset (Arabic, Chinese – Mandarin, French, Russian, Spanish).
Contract type, level and duration – Internship

Terms and Conditions

The intern is responsible for all costs associated with the internship (e.g. travel, accommodation, health insurance.  Please note that Swiss Legislation requires interns to hold mandatory health and accident insurance for the entire duration of the internship). UNOPS will provide the intern with the following:

  • Workspace in a shared office including computer, stationery
  • Use of common office facilities, as for all UNOPS staff
  • UNOPS will provide a small monthly stipend if the intern proves that she/he is not receiving any funding from other institutions for the internship.
  • If travelling from overseas to take up the internship a one-time lump sum (if applicable and travel to take the internship is involved) to contribute to the expenses borne by the Intern to travel to and from and settle in the country, payable after two months of internship completion.
  • Assistance with application for Swiss entry visa as applicable.
  • The internship comes with no expectations of future employment with UNOPS as a direct result of the internship.
  • Interns should confirm that they are fit specifically for the duty station conditions, as certified by a medical practitioner. The Interns are responsible for receiving clearance from a medical doctor.
For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.