Financial Inclusion Intern

  • Posted on 28 September 2020

Job Description

1.Background Prosperity Fund Mexico - Financial Services Strand

Funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the objective of the Strand is to create a more inclusive and competitive financial services sector, accessible to all segments of Mexican society and new market entrants. The Strand will increase the depth, coverage and efficiency of financial services to support a reduction in poverty, increase productivity and promote long-term social and economic development. The Strand aims to do this by matching the identified market failures with specific UK capabilities to build capacity and share best practice within the public and private sectors.

DAI’s will implement the Financial Services Programme. Under its Intervention 1, Social, Financial Inclusion &Education, the programme aims to deploy its first client-centred educative interactions with vulnerable populations through the Financial Inclusion of Vulnerable Youth into the Retirement Savings System project. Due to the current Covid-19 context, interactions with the population will be principally through digital tools and platforms.

The principles of our approach are as follows:

Human Centred Design (HCD): We will develop and iterate digital solutions addressing financial education, focusing on the client needs in each type of financial interaction.

Inclusion and Poverty Focus: We will be working vulnerable populations and with institutions in their efforts to attend financial inclusion and education needs to achieve greater level of transactions and satisfactory interactions. As a result, we will reduce marginalisation and a means to achieve


DAI seeks a dynamic and driven Intern to support Intervention 1 and the Financial Inclusion of Vulnerable Youth Project with a wide range of tasks, particularly in financial inclusion related topics.

3.Scope of Work

This internship is a great opportunity if you have good organisational and communication skills, want to gain hands-on implementation experience for international development, develop relevant project management skills, and have a greater understanding of financial inclusion in Mexico.

Tasks will vary, and may include:

  • Support the Intervention Manager and Officer with the day-to-day coordination and implementation of planned activities for implementation.
  • Assisting the Officer in administrative tasks such as preparing material for meetings, virtual events or travels
  • Provide editing assistance in the preparation of reports other material
  • Attend virtual events, meetings, taking minutes, circulating meeting briefs and following-up agreed action points
  • Create and maintaining electronic and hard-copy databases and filing systems
  • Support the Manager and Officer with the preparation of presentation materials
  • Conduct ad hoc desk based research, compiling and organising data/information and producing simple reports and recommendations
  • Involve in the development of financial inclusion and education contents
  • Liaise with the Finance and Operations Assistant to ensure any invoicing is processed on time, when requested

Performing any other duties as may be required

4.Competencies Required

There will be an introductory session to the Financial Services Strand and its first intervention (Financial Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations), and we will provide all support needed for you to carry out this role.

Ideally, we are looking for an intern with:

  • Previous experience supporting a team
  • Experience or interest to work in projects that work with vulnerable populations
  • Good analytical, research and writing skills, with ability to process and classify quantitative and qualitative information quickly and efficiently
  • Excellent attention to detail and good administrative and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills in Spanish and English (spoken and written)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm and a proactive approach, including a willingness to speak to people over the telephone
  • A positive “can do” attitude and the ability to work as part of a team and individually using own initiative
  • Reliability, committed to producing and delivering quality results, and with an openness to learning
  • Good IT skills
  • Ideally, the candidate will be enrolled in tertiary education or be a recent graduate
  • Ideally, the candidate will have studies or experience in Financial Inclusion, International Development.
  • Be based in Mexico City and able to commit to this internship for six months
  • Ideally, the intern will have knowledge and interest in Financial inclusion with a gender inclusion approach

Days: Up to 70 days in a period from October 30th, 2020 to March 31st, 2021

Other considerations: This internship is subject to a three-month trial period. This internship does not consider a company personal computer.

Closing date - October 12th

About the Organization

About DAI

DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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