Knowledge Dissemination Internship

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :05-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The United Nations Office for South­South Cooperation (UNOSSC) aims to be a robust knowledge hub providing advisory and consulting services to Member States and United Nations entities on South­South and triangular cooperation enabling developing countries to effectively face their leading development challenges and harness global opportunities to address them, in tandem with monitoring progress on implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, New Directions Strategy and the Nairobi Outcome.

UNOSSC engages with Member States globally, regionally, as well as within the UN system to facilitate practical expressions of Southern solidarity towards the achievement of internationally agreed development goals. UNOSSC works with a wide range of partners including global centers of excellence to intensively explore how building endogenous capacity be encouraged, how broadening and sharing technological advances within the global South will systematically occur, and how emerging innovative financing mechanisms can be harnessed through South­South and triangular cooperation. UNOSSC ensures that our southern constituencies have timely access to high quality analytical planning, mapping, programming, and reporting on data, trends and opportunities that will propel South­South and triangular cooperation in ways that ensure success.

UNOSSC has established an internship programme for young professionals interested in strengthening their understanding of United Nations, UNOSSC, its mandate, mission and its work within and outside the United Nations System. The UNOSSC internship programme provides professional enrichment for young professionals, enhancing their leadership and professional skills as well as broadening their global perspectives.

UNOSSC’s Knowledge Dissemination Intern is responsible for disseminating, sharing and promoting knowledge products and services led by the office vis social media.  This entails developing and promoting high-quality content, communicate about UNOSSC initiatives via social media which include good practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for SDGs, frontier research on South-South cooperation through the South-South Global Thinkers initiative, South-South Cooperation in Action series, a global knowledge sharing and partnership brokering platform “South-South Galaxy”, Youth for South initiative, Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities for Sustainable Development Project (Cities Project) among other initiatives.

The intern is expected to draft messages for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, producing visual assets, short videos pinning photos, and engaging South-South Galaxy’s social media audience, and monitoring all social media accounts associated with South-South Galaxy.

The intern is expected to work under the guidance and supervision of the Knowledge and Research Specialist and in collaboration with teams in UNOSSC. 

This internship requires strategic thinking with the ability to deliver consistently high quality, well-written, thought-provoking content under pressure and tight deadlines.

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected intern will:

  • Support the dissemination of publications, good practices, and events to key internal and external development practitioners, institutions, governments, the media (print and electronic) and other molders of opinion on matters of SSC via social media

  • Post content on a regular basis via twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn with relevance to the South-South Galaxy platform, with dynamic images, simple visual assets, short videos, appropriate tags and hashtags so as to ensure optimal visibility.

  • Support the development of animated videos via Canva including communication materials such as brochures, flyers to promote and disseminate to partners via social media and other communication channels.

  • Support live tweeting from events.

  • Using social media tools for efficient planning and management of social media channels to grow and expand the audience base of supporters of South-South Galaxy

  • Draft press-releases and communication pieces to disseminate via social media channels

  • Monitor all social media accounts and monitor interactions such as retweets, mentioning of UNOSSC knowledge products and services such as South-South Galaxy and other knowledge initiatives mentioned above

  • Provide other ad hoc support as required


  • Understanding of strategic knowledge dissemination and how it can contribute to the achievement of specific development goals;

  • Ability to engage with partners and forge productive working relationships;

  • Familiarity with global development issues and the world of the UN.

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task

  • Responsible, responsive, and enthusiastic

  • Ability to arrange events with relevant stakeholders

  • Ability to extract, interpret, analyse data and resolve problems;

  • Ability to produce deliverables conforming to the required standard;

  • Ability to support a team and team building skills;

  • Strong attention to details;

  • Strong IT skills and excellent knowledge of office software packages including Canva to develop animated videos; and

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Required Skills and Experience


Qualified/suitable intern from the field of communication for development, journalism, communications, sustainable development, social science, or related field. Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of applications meet one of the following academic requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);

  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

  3. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

  4. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.



  • Experience in communications required;

  • Experience in developing animated short videos

  • Familiar with international development/relations desirable;

  • Familiarity with the UN system in general and/or with South-South development cooperation in particular is an asset.


  • Proficiency in English;

  • Knowledge of the other five official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) would be an asset.


  • Internships may be given a stipend per month in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP Internship policy, which applicants should become familiar with prior to signing an UN Internship Agreement Form .  Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP Stipend.

  • UNOSSC accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship;

  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions;

  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme.

Only a successful candidate will be required to submit the following nine documents:

  • A completed UNDP internship application form (;

  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;

  • A letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;

  • A copy of his/her school transcript;

  • A letter of recommendation from a professor;

  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement;

  • A Medical Certificate of Good Health;

  • Proof of medical insurance including provision for medical evacuation and removal of mortal remains or life insurance;

  • Copy of passport and working visa for the United States.

Kindly note the above documentation is required within one week after selection.


Internship candidates are expected to submit electronically through the UNDP job portal:

  1. Application form (you can access through the link below)

  1. Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Note: UNDP internship application form, Cover letter and CV need to be combined in one PDF document for upload.

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