Communications – Internship (Tribal Development)

Location : New Delhi, INDIA
Application Deadline :24-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
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.


Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India have established Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs) to provide knowledge support to the institutions of tribal development and act as think tanks for tribal development, preservation of tribal cultural & heritage and promotion of tribal welfare. Further, TRIs are mandated to provide technical assistance to States for evidence-based planning; capacity building of the tribal people / institutions associated with tribal affairs; awareness generation on welfare measures and various development programmes; research and documentation etc. Presently, 26 TRIs have been established in various states across the country. Ministry of Tribal Affairs is taking numerous steps to strengthen the TRIs to deliver quality research and training outputs so that they can serve as a foundation to take tribal development programmes forward.

National level Tribal Research Institute (NTRI) has been established at Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) Campus to provide overall direction on the research and to provide handholding support to ensure they achieve their set objectives. NTRI will house an exhibition hall, an auditorium, conference hall, a library, laboratories, guesthouse and a multipurpose hall and will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring research studies being undertaken, and conducting trainings programmes/seminars for cross learning/ capacity enhancement.

UNDP is providing technical assistance to the National Tribal Research Institute to strengthen the State Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs) to function as hubs of capacity building and knowledge on tribal development in their respective states.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within the above scope, the intern will work under the overall guidance of the National Programme Officer – System Strengthening, UNDP to carry out the following tasks:

  • Identify, collate and compile the good case studies on tribal development in coordination with State Tribal Research Institutes and Centre for Excellence
  • Support in preparation of factsheets, flyers, audio-video, e-book and other good case studies documentation
  • Contribute to idea generation, designing and preparation of content for communication products on tribal development
  • Support in showcasing impacts and disseminating information across medial platforms
  • Support in creation of social media content/messaging and prepare power point presentations, including infographics, Gifs, videos, stories, etc. as required
  • Support in drafting scripts/story lines for videos and testimonials
  • Coordination support for preparation of videos from the work on-ground as well as other campaigns related to tribal development
  • Support in organization of theme-based virtual cross learning webinars in partnership with COEs and TRIs on health, education, livelihood, forest governance, water etc.
  • Any other task as advised by the team



  • Strong sense of collaborative work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task 
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher); Candidates with Mass Communication, Journalism, Mass Media, Public Relations background are preferred

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent); Candidates with Mass Communication, Journalism, Mass Media, Public Relations background are preferred

(c) 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;

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


  • Ability to generate design collaterals and videos with quick turnaround time
  • Good command in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as handling web-based applications 
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Final Cut and/or other tools used for graphic design or video-production
  • Basic understanding of current affairs and interest in development challenges
  • Experience in writing blogs, features, articles would be an asset
  • Good team player and ability to adapt to change in work environment

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Hindi



The completed “Internship Intern Form” available on the UNDP India website at Internship Intern Form (available at: Jobs/Internships | UNDP in India) should be completed along with a current and detailed Resume. 

Please group the above two documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload document.

Candidates who are selected must submit the following documents, upon selection: :

Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in their undergraduate or graduate-level degree programme;

Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

Working arrangements:

Interns may be given a stipend according to UNDP Internship Policy, if it is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government foundation or scholarship programme. A stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. Interns must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan.

Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes. 

The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.

Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship. 

Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity. 

The purpose of the internship 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.  The intern will be evaluated at the end of the internship.

IMPORTANT: Family relationships are required to be disclosed in order to avoid real or perceived family influence or conflict of interest, within UNDP. If the candidate/ hiring manager has not disclosed that he/she was related to an individual employed by UNDP in whatever contractual modality and irrespective of the nature of the family relationship, this may constitute a basis for withdrawing the offer of internship or, if the internship has started, to terminate it without notice or indemnity.  

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 be required to undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 


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