Intern – Communications, Social Media, Design

Location : Homebased
Application Deadline :30-Sep-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

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.


UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Crisis Bureau (CB) guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response and recovery. The Bureau has the responsibility for support to prevention, crisis response, resilience and recovery work under the auspices of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. On the other hand, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  As part of the Global Policy Network (GPN), the Crisis Bureau works in an integrated manner with UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) ensuring that issues are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes.

UNDP plays an important and unique role in supporting high risk countries to achieve their development goals by reducing loss to life and assets, and by strengthening long term resilience. UNDP works with governments at international, national and local levels to ensure that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is a nationally-led and owned agenda, as well as integrated into national development planning. UNDP’s work focuses on resilience building and ensuring development remains risk-informed and sustainable. To do this we assist governments in systematically and comprehensively delivering on risk-informed development through the communication, reduction and management of risk.

UNDP’s country level DRR and recovery efforts have reached expenditures of USD 2.1 billion during the period 2005 – 2016 (more information on UNDP’s DRR portfolio can be accessed here). The Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery for Building Resilience Team (DRT) currently manages a portfolio of global and regional projects amounting to approximately USD 60 million. Through enhanced integration with climate change adaptation and a firm focus on partnerships and mechanisms to deliver on Sendai, UNDP, during this reporting period, has:

  • helped 148 countries develop national and local DRR strategies and action plans;
  • supported 84 countries to understand and communicate risks through risk assessments;
  • worked with 90 countries to strengthen their legal and regulatory frameworks for DRM; and
  • supported 110 countries to develop post-disaster recovery capacities.

The DRT leads UNDP’s global practice in this field and provides policy advice and programmatic support to UNDP Regional Hubs and Country Offices in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of disaster risk reduction and recovery programmes. The team collaborates closely with other UNDP Global Policy Network (GPN) practices such as climate change, governance, conflict prevention, sustainable development and poverty eradication, towards a comprehensive and multi-dimensional approach to resilience building.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is specifically intended to support the work of UNDP’s Disaster Risk Reduction for Building Resilience Team with tasks focused on graphical design and consistency in applying the visual identity for the communications products and activities for the team, following the UNDP corporate guidelines.

The intern role consists of the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Create and/ or apply consistently the UNDP graphic design charter for external and internal communications and knowledge products, including slide decks, flyers, brochures, publications, reports, briefing documents, etc.;
  • Support the team in developing graphical elements to illustrate the DRT portfolio results, including those related to the incipient early warning and preparedness workstream including icons, interactive maps, infographics and other visual elements;
  • Support the team with graphic design for various internal and external communications activities, including through social media, website presence and virtual/ in-person events, conferences, meetings;
  • Ensure maintenance of a library of documents for the team using existing platforms (UNDP SharePoint platform; UNDP/ DRT MS Teams Workspace);
  • Support the team, under the overall guidance of the communications specialist, in any other tasks related to communications for the team, including supporting online presence on SparkBlue and Yammer; rolling out social media campaigns; support development of publications, slide decks, brochures, etc.


  • Proficiency in using the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign; Bridge, Acrobat, Illustrator, Flash, Avid, Final Cut Pro and other graphic design software;
  • Proficiency in using the MS Office suite, including proficient use of Power Point application;
  • Sound computer skills and experience using web-based applications, social media and content management systems;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Effective communication skills with staff at all levels and external partners;
  • Initiative taking;
  • Strong organization skills;
  • Great attention to detail and proven experience in proof reading;
  • Ability to work well in a team;
  • Client orientation;
  • Demonstration of cultural sensitivity and appreciation for different cultures and practices.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Be enrolled in a post graduate degree programme (master programme or higher) in the area of graphic design and communication or related programme; or
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (bachelor degree or equivalent), in above relevant field; or
  • Have recently graduated with a university degree, as defined in the above field and, if selected, the candidate must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Proficiency in English in both writing and speaking.

Institutional arrangements

The intern will work under the direct supervision of the UNDP/ CB/ DRT Partnership Advisor based in Geneva and in close collaboration with the DRT communications specialist. The internship is home-based and does not require any travel.

Conditions of the internship

  • Interns are not considered staff members of UNDP and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.  Where an intern is not financially supported by an institution, foundation or government through scholarship programme, a stipend may be paid by UNDP in accordance with the UNDP Internship Policies with the intention to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship;
  • Interns are not covered by UNDP for medical, health or life insurance and have to have their own international medical and life insurance;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Candidates are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed, to any post for a period of three months following the end of the internship;
  • The normal duration of an internship is from six weeks to 6 months (which is the maximum duration);
  • The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing;
  • For more information about the application process and UNDP's internship terms and conditions, visit:

Application process:

Please submit your application by the deadline enclosing the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Letter of motivation.

Selected candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Letter confirming University enrolment;
  • Letter of endorsement from the University, or proof of (Master’s programme) graduation if within less than one year;
  • Scanned visa document/scanned passport document if no visa is required;
  • Documentation of health insurance coverage for duration of internship;
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician.

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