Program Assistant Internship – Philippines

Role:  Program Assistant (Internship), External and International 
Function:  Research, Climate Vulnerable Countries 
Start Date:  July 2023
Duration:3-months with flexibility/possibility of extension 
Application Deadline:  Open until filled 
Occupation Rate:(4 days per week, 8 hours per day) 
SupervisorResearch Analyst
Compensation/Benefits:US dollars (USD) to be determined per month
Contract Type:Fixed-term external consultancy contract for overseas internships/trainees
Working Location:Philippines

Organizational Context

The Financial Futures Center, which is hosted in Aroha, aims to support developing country governments, civil society/development partners, and the investment community with different types of economic and financial climate risk-based analysis and data to support informed decision-making on investment and technological pathways to achieve maximal resilience and high shares of renewable energy.

Position Purpose

Under the Financial Futures Center/Aroha’s Internship Program, each Program Assistant/intern will support the work and fulfillment of the mission of the Financial Futures Center, as well as one or more of the organization’s main projects. For this assignment, the Program Assistant will work in support of the Climate Vulnerable Countries project, specifically, advising and assisting the activities of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group in particular through research-related tasks. 

Reporting Relationships 

The Program Assistant (Intern) reports to the Research Analyst.  

Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Assistant (Intern) will focus on supporting the Financial Futures Center (FFC) in support of Climate Vulnerable Countries and generally assist Financial Futures Center/Aroha’s Research Analyst including in the following areas: 

  • Provide research support, draft documents and contact relevant institutions and partners as required; 
  • Research will incorporate desk-based analysis of data as well as analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from consultations, etc.; 
  • Prepare drafts of documents including concept notes, briefers, event programs, meeting records etc.; 
  • Provide support in completing CVF/V20 database requests; 
  • Perform other research, programmatic, organizational, or communications tasks as requested by the supervisor. 


Education/Enrolment Status

Currently enrolled in relevant studies in a bachelor (all credits except internship completed) or master’s level program, holding a bachelor level degree/equivalent and enrolled but pending course commencement in a relevant master’s degree or equivalent (advanced degree), or, in certain cases, have recently completed a relevant advanced degree or holding such a degree and seeking professional re-orientation. 

Relevant studies: International Affairs/Relations, International Development Studies, Public Policy, Economics, Finance, Environmental Studies, or related fields.  


Previous work experience or demonstrated interest in economics, finance, climate change and/or environmental protection policy projects. Experience in research and/or working with local and international non-profits is an asset. 

Competencies, Skills & Languages

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); 
  • Proficiency with online finance platforms an advantage; 
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to identify clear objectives, prioritize effectively, and use time efficiently; 
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, as well as individually; 
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; 
  • Native proficiency in English is required  


Interested applicants should email their letter of interest, CV and a writing sample to [email protected] by 30 June 2023.