Corporate Background   

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience to sustain development results. 

UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.  

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three principal areas: 

• Sustainable development 

• Democratic governance and peacebuilding 

• Climate and disaster resilience 

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable. 

UNDP established the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) in 2009 in recognition of the importance of global agricultural commodities and how they contribute to economic, social, and environmental sustainability and the need to strengthen UNDP’s support and leadership in the field. The programme supports governments to take the lead in creating national environments where sustainable commodity sectors can grow. It does so by: 

• facilitating neutral spaces where stakeholders can collaborate on a shared vision and agenda for action 

• building public-private partnerships 

• sharing what we learn with other practitioners across geographies and commodities.  

12 years on, the programme now called Food & Agricultural Commodity Systems Practise (FACS) works in 

thirteen countries acting as a catalyst of systemic commodity sector changes in support of sustainable agriculture in eight commodities: cacao, palm oil, pineapple, coffee, cashmere, beef, soy as well as fisheries 

FACS is coordinating the Good Growth Partnership (GGP) Program, an integrated “supply chain” approach to tackling the underlying root causes of deforestation from agriculture commodities, specifically beef, oil palm, and soy, which together account for 70% of deforestation globally. The GGP Program is delivered through a multi-agency consortium including WWF, IFC, UNEP, and CI. The Program provides support to production, generate responsible demand, support enabling transactions and foster adaptive management and learning through multiple child projects. With the pilot phase of the GGP Program ending in 2022, UNDP FACS and GGP partners are currently looking at conceptualizing and mobilizing resources for a next phase of the Partnership to further promote a sustainable transformation of the sector.  

Following this same approach, the GEF has launched the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Programme, consisting of projects in more than twenty-five countries, and a Global Platform (Knowledge-to-Action or K2A) which builds on GGP knowledge, expertise, and support. The FOLUR Impact Programme is led by the World Bank, and UNDP has a role at the global level to provide generic support through the global platform on building the capacity of Country Projects on multi-stakeholder collaboration, gender mainstreaming and private sector engagement and is leading in eight countries on project implementation. 

Internship Office Background   
Since 2014, the Food & Agricultural Commodity Systems Community (formerly known as Green Commodity Community) fulfils a pivotal learning, connectivity, and knowledge management function towards the Food & Agricultural Commodity Systems Practice (FACS), the Good Growth Partnership (GGP), and most currently the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Programme. 
The Community focuses on advancing progressive practices and innovative solutions in effective collaborative action and effective food systems governance which are essential and often lacking in transforming food and agricultural commodity systems. 
These practices notably include: • Effective Communications, • Systems Leadership, • Working with Power, • Working through Conflict, • Inclusion, Empowerment and Gender equality • Cultivating Transparency • Strengthening Integrity Systems. 
Today the Community counts 300+ members and is planning to double its size in the coming years.  
Within in the Food & Agricultural Commodity Systems Practice (FACS), and under the supervision of the Community Manager, the Community Intern supports all aspects of Community operations and assists the Community Lead, Community Advisors and Community Assistant in delivering key activities:  
Actively promoting the Community, its digital platform and membership services to existing and future members, expanding, and growing the membership size, improving the visibility of the Community including all its learning events and ensuring that the platform is up to date.  


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities 

Main tasks: 

Support to the UNDP Food & Agricultural Commodity Systems Community team in: 

- Provide generic support with the back-office of the digital platform (Hivebrite) and upload content (posts, events, resources, videos, lessons learnt), 

- Provide technical support with various digital tools, platforms, software (Zoom, Mural, MIRO, Mentimeter, etc.), 

- Collate Community-related data (events, membership statistics etc.), including presentation in flowcharts, tables, slides, 

- Support with video editing and creating content for newsletters/bulletins, 

- Support with creation of promotional assets (flyers, banners etc.), 

- Support with the maintenance of the databases, 

- Support with the organization of internal & external meetings, calls with existing members, and orientation calls for new members,  

- Support in preparation of meeting minutes or reports, 

- Support in delivery of virtual events when needed, 

- Any other tasks as requested by the Community Lead and Community Advisors. 



  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization.
  • Interest in knowledge management and communications.
  • Excellent IT skills including MS Office.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Knowledge of video conferencing software (e.g., Zoom), online visual collaboration platforms (e.g., MURAL, MIRO), online graphic design platforms (e.g., Adobe, Canva), community management platforms (e.g., Hivebrite).
  • Experience with social media management is a plus.

Personal Skills:

  • Proactive and able to take initiative.
  • Able to work independently as part of a globally distributed team.
  • Energetic, positive, and constructive attitude.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skill.

Required Skills and Experience

Requirements and Qualifications 


(a) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor level or equivalent) in a relevant study area, such as environmental management, agriculture, sustainable development, economics, global development, social or political sciences, or any other related field. 


(b) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) such as environmental management, agriculture, sustainable development, economics, global development, social or political sciences, or any other related field. 


(c) Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) as environmental management, agriculture, sustainable development, economics, global development, social or political sciences, or any other related field and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation. 

Knowledge of video conferencing software (e.g., Zoom), online visual collaboration platforms (e.g., MURAL, MIRO), online graphic design platforms (e.g., Adobe, Canva), community management platforms (e.g., Hivebrite); 
Excellent IT skills including MS Office 
Excellent writing and editing skills 
Experience in content creation and in graphic design 

Language Requirements: 
Fluent English and Spanish 

Internship Conditions:
All internships should be on a full teleworking/ telecommuting basis until further notice.  (Remote Internship / Home Based).

As of January 1 2020, Interns may be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme.

•UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
•Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
•Interns must provide proof of enrolment in Health Insurance Plan valid for the location, and the duration of the internship.
•Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
•Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
•UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months;
•Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas, arranging travel, accommodation.