BACKGROUND

The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) was established under Article 158 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas “for the purpose of providing financial or technical assistance to disadvantaged countries, regions and sectors” participating in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME.

The CDF is an institution of the Caribbean Community and it is the centrepiece of the regime to address the disparities among the Member States of CARICOM which may result from the implementation of the CSME. The Agreement Relating to the Operations of the Fund was signed in July 2008 and the CDF began operating in November, 2008.

MISSION STATEMENT: CDF is committed to assisting Member States of CARICOM in maximizing the benefits arising from participation in the CSME, by reducing intra-regional disparities through effective partnerships and the provision of financial and technical assistance.

VISION STATEMENT: To lead in providing effective, efficient and sustainable solutions that address the challenges faced by disadvantaged countries, regions and sectors participating in the CSME.

SUMMARY:

The CDF Programme Development Support Intern will provide support to the Regional Development Division of the CDF, he/she will report to the Director, Regional Development Division (RDD) who shall be their Mentor. The Intern will have the opportunity to conduct literature reviews and gap analysis and support the development of RE/EE frameworks and policies, country strategies and action plans and monitoring and evaluation criteria.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

In this regard, the Programme Development intern will support the execution of the following activities:

  • Review the CARICOM Energy Policy and CDF mandate.
  • Review of CDF’s programming and appraisal manual.
  • Conduct a Gap Analysis of CDF’s mandate and the Regional Policy goal.
  • Support the development of overarching principles and policies in preparation of the RE/EE framework.
  • Support the development of terms and conditions for access to CDF funding
  • Assist with the review of country RE/EE strategy and action plans.
  • Support the revision of the operational guidelines for administering RE/EE support
  • Support the project identification criteria along with indicators for project progress.
  • Assist with the development of ranking criteria and preparation of ranking list
  • Assist with the preparation assessment and recommendations for 2 regional projects and
  • Provide Project Management support

 REQUIREMENTS

Candidates will be selected on a competitive basis. This position is open to university students, recent graduates and young professionals (born after January 1, 1990).

The following eligibility criteria have therefore been established.

  • Candidates enrolled in a post graduate programme in Sustainable Energy, Development Studies, Research or a related discipline may apply.
  • Candidates also in the advanced stages of their undergraduate programme (i.e. final year students) will be considered and therefore may apply;
  • Recent university graduates and young professionals who have completed either a postgraduate or undergraduate programme may also apply. Provided that the start date of the assignment is less than two (2) years following completion of studies;
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled or have completed their studies at any regional universities which are part of the Regional Universities Network (RUN) or exist across the CARICOM member states;
  • Applicants must be proficient in English. However, knowledge of another language (i.e. Dutch, French or Spanish) would be an asset;
  • Applicants must be a national of a CARICOM member state.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply for the Programme Development Support Intern position, applicants must download the application form and submit it to lforte@caricomdf.org copied to ewilliams@caricomdf.org along with the following documentation:

  • A curriculum vitae, no more than 90 days old, detailing the bio profile of the applicant, qualifications, relevant experience (where possible) and references;
  • A statement of philosophy, no longer than 500 words, indicating the reasons and motivation for participation in the Programme and interest in the area of preferred focus.
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