Vacancy – Enabling Environment Intern

Business Studies and/or Management Science, Languages and Philological Sciences, Social Sciences
Remote from anywhere in the world
23 Oct, 2023 to 22 Apr, 2024
9 Oct, 2023

General information

6 months

Would you like to be part of a global movement of changemakers? Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of over 2.200 social entrepreneurs and social impact actors from Ashoka, Echoing Green, the Schwab Foundation, the Skoll Foundation and other global networks of social entrepreneurs. The movement was founded in response to research carried out by the Social Progress Imperative which showed that, at the current pace of progress, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would only be achieved in 2074. Catalyst 2030 members believe that with collaboration this pace can be greatly accelerated, and that by joining forces, greater impact can be achieved in a shorter time scale.

There are many barriers stalling global progress towards achieving the SDGs. At the heart of these barriers sits an outdated and flawed funding system; one which fails to allocate resources to systems change initiatives and to those best placed to achieve the SDGs – social entrepreneurs. The Catalyst 2030 movement adopts a collaborative systems change approach. This is an approach to transparently mobilise a diverse set of actors in order to collectively imagine and create positive, systemic change. Our role as a facilitator of collaborative systems change provides us with a uniquely elevated view of the actors and initiatives that are underway to shift the needle in changing the funding landscape. Working from this unique viewpoint, Catalyst 2030 can play a significant role in cohering these interrelated initiatives and stakeholders, weaving them together into a collaborative approach to systems change. In doing so, we aim to unite individual efforts and harness the power of the collective towards shifting the funding paradigm.

In brief, the movement is operating on every level: local, national, regional and global. It aims to strengthen collaboration across and between civil society, multilateral organisations, social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, impact investors, governments and funders. The goal is to scale up already existing, proven, successful solutions for systemic change and thereby accelerate the impact that will help us reach the SDGs by 2030.

Catalyst 2030 offers the Intern the opportunity to work with young people from various countries, and to challenge themselves within the context of a vibrant and growing organisation. The ideal candidate is a masters student or a graduate with a background in international relations / affairs, international law, international development, social sciences or similar. We are working on a developing strategy to bring together many actors and their initiatives from across the globe who are working to challenge the current funding paradigm and status quo.

Who we are looking for

The person who works in this role will help us to research and inform our strategy to shift the current funding paradigm, manage the process of sharing it among our membership and support key, leading practitioners. You should have an interest in financing and fundraising for social causes and in joining a movement of change makers who are working to get the world on course to a more sustainable future.

We are looking for someone who is task oriented, eager and ready to join our team and provide support. You will have the ability to carry out desk research and assimilate information from a variety of sources to help us understand the current landscape, develop and lead our strategy for change. You should be collaborative in your approach and have the confidence to bring ideas and solutions to the table, to help us build our fundraising department and grow support for the movement.



  • Populate our ecosystem map with  strategically aligned grant giving foundations, initiatives, funder networks and individual philanthropists who further Shifting the Funding Paradigm practices globally

  • Gain support from members and member collaborations for the strategy

  • Work with the members to encourage participation in the network

  • Coordinate content development for web pages to house the strategy and be a repository for output such as reports, tools and educational content

  • Keep associated resources up-to-date

  • Support integration with Salesforce so that we can map activity and run reports

  • Support the convening of leadership by organising meetings, events and providing full administrative support

  • Attend collaboration meetings for shifting the Funding Paradigm and other collaborations


Requirements and Skills

  • Finalising or towards the end of your studies, with a strong interest in the SDGs,  sustainability, systemic change and social entrepreneurship

  • An active interest in global issues and challenges, their complexities and nuances

  • Proactive in seeking out solutions and pre-empting challenges

  • Ability to work in a multicultural and global digital environment and demonstrate cultural sensitivity

  • Proven organisational skills and the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment across time zones

  • Ability to manage time effectively and adapt to changing environments

  • Attention to detail and willingness to learn from experience

  • Desire to work collaboratively in a team with a positive attitude and ability to rise to challenges

  • Capable and experienced researcher

  • Ability to summarise information and present it in a clear and compelling way

  • Familiar with Microsoft Office, Google tools and platforms such as Zoom and Salesforce is an asset 

  • Excellent communication and social skills with the ability to work in a multicultural setting

  • Preferably available immediately for a minimum of six months (part-time negotiable) with the ability to work remotely


Our offer

  • The opportunity to work with a young and dynamic team in a fast-paced global environment, on-the-job training opportunities and experience within an international NGO

  • The ability to organise and coordinate personal projects to improve the work of the organisation

  • Six-month internship contract

  • Good working atmosphere with a small, dedicated team

  • An opportunity to work with the world’s most prestigious social entrepreneurs and innovators

  • 300 euros a month if you are not eligible for any other grants or scholarships

Application Deadline


9th of October 2023


The internship is a remote working position.


How to apply? 

To apply, please email your CV and letter of motivation in English to Ines Marques at [email protected].

This is a remote position and we accept applications from students and graduates in any country around the globe with at least a four-hour overlap with the CE(S)T timezone.


Financial compensation
English: Proficient User C2
Level of Studies: 
Fluency in English, preference for another UN language