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 Offices levels, forms a continuous 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.

Energy is one of UNDP’s six signature solutions – alongside poverty and inequality, governance, resilience, environment, and gender equality - to support countries towards three directions of change: structural transformation, leaving no one behind and resilience.

As per UNDP’s new Strategic Plan 2022-2025, the first objective of UNDP is increasing energy access for those furthest behind. By speeding up investment in distributed renewable energy solutions, especially for those hardest to reach and in crisis contexts, it aims to increase access to clean and affordable energy for 500 million people.

Second, UNDP will work to accelerate the transition to renewable energy through systems changes that support inclusive, green economies, particularly in countries with low levels of renewable energy generation or poor energy-efficiency improvement rates. This work will capitalize on technological gains, clean energy innovations and new business models in the energy sector.

The newly established UNDP Sustainable Energy Hub will be the arrowhead of UNDP’s new Strategic Plan objectives. The Sustainable Energy Hub will build on UNDP’s existing Energy Portfolio, covering over 100 countries to harness clean energy and support the energy transition as well as on UNDP’s Climate Promise, UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub, and UNDP’s Digital offer.

The Sustainable Energy Hub will develop and operationalize, policies, programmes and partnerships to support the realization of UN/UNDP’s Energy Compact, a commitment to help increasing access to clean and affordable energy for 500 million people by 2025, and accelerating and supporting the transition to renewable energy.

The Climate Investment Platform (CIP) is a flagship initiative of the Sustainable Energy Hub. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of the Sustainable Energy's Hub and CIP communications strategy.
  • Support content development for stories, op-eds, talking points, press releases and/or social media posts for the Climate Investment Platform
  • Support the development of event collateral, Trello board and promote the events through relevant channels.
  • Create engaging social media content, and draft social media posts for relevant UNDP and CIP social media channels;
  • Support the rollout of the websites and assist with uploading and updating website content and profiles on social networks
  • Assist with the design and development of newsletters, fact sheets, slide decks and other communication materials.
  • Assist in creating a knowledge repository of communication-related aspects for the Sustainable Energy Hub
  • Conduct research including news and events monitoring to identify emerging stories, opportunities for op-eds, energy events, etc;
  • Support to any ad hoc activities related communication activities



  • Good working knowledge of social media community management and experience in content creation.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Canva, Trello, Hootsuite, Mailchimp and web content management systems
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud Apps (InDesign, Illustrator or Premiere Pro) will be an asset.



  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a simple, concise and persuasive manner.
  • Ability to summarize a large amount of information and translate it into a visually compelling product for a public audience.


  • Ability to work and build partnerships with multiple stakeholders and partners across a wide range of disciplines;
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic thinking;
  • Strong organizational, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Able to work independently and remotely with minimal supervision;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored, even under pressure;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.


  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team and process.

Required Skills and Experience


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

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in fields such as Energy, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related disciplines;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in fields such as Energy, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related disciplines;
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above), and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Relevant work/voluntary/internship experience in communications in the climate change or sustainable energy sector or with multi-stakeholder initiatives at the domestic and/or international level;
  • Experience working with a wide set of stakeholders, such asthe government, and civil society, or NDGos is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of, and/or prior experience within, the UN system is considered an advantage.

Language requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skulls in English language is required;
  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is considered an asset.

Institutional Arrangements

The interns will be home-based and report to the Sustainable Energy Hub’s Communications Specialist and to the Energy Partnerships Specialist

Interns’ Expenses

Interns may be given a stipend under conditions prescribed in the section on stipends, below.


Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship program, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station, will be paid by UNDP.

The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

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. No other payments of any kind will be made to an intern by the office in connection with an internship agreement.

Interns will accrue leave at the rate of 1.5 days per month. Any accrued leave days not used by the end of the internship will be forfeited. Any unjustified absences during the internship period exceeding a total of nine days, will be deducted from the monthly stipend.


Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern. Applicants for internships must show proof of valid medical insurance for the duty station in which they will intern. For applicants who are neither nationals or residents of the duty station, the insurance must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which:

  • Requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment;
  • Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence.

Subsequent Employment

There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship. Interns cannot apply for, or be appointed to, any position during the period of their internship.

Third-party claims

UNDP is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.