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 in order 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. 

Internship Office Background   

Most commodity sectors in developing countries are afflicted by poor production practices that lead to increasing pressure on ecosystems and fail to improve the livelihoods of rural communities. Poor production practices lead to negative environmental impacts such as biodiversity loss, deforestation, carbon emissions, soil erosion, depletion of water resources and contamination from chemicals. In fact, the largest driver of deforestation is the production of agricultural commodities. On the social side, working conditions in commodity production are often not in line with basic labor rights. Despite recent commodity booms, small producers are held in poverty, mostly due to low productivity and product quality.  

Despite the progress made through standards and supply-chain initiatives, weaknesses in the underlying enabling environment limit change at a larger scale. An effective enabling environment consists of elements such as clear public policies, a well-functioning legal framework, clarity regarding land-use planning, effective enforcement mechanisms, accessible credit structures, and effective farmer extension services. 

As a result of the absence of these elements, work on commodity sustainability remains less effective than it could be, and costlier and more time-consuming than it should be. Improving the enabling environments will increase the chances of sector-wide change to sustainable production practices.  

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. GCP was initiated with seed funding from the UNDP and was tasked to evolve into a global programme supporting UNDP’s Strategic Plan, building on almost a decade of GEF supported projects mainstreaming ecosystem services into productive landscapes. GCP’s global targets, objectives and delivery strategies are based on inclusive and sustainable growth and development – combining governments and markets in agriculture through public private-partnerships and democratic dialogue processes. GCP’s focus on strengthening the livelihoods of smallholder producers within commodity supply chains and reducing environmental footprints, particularly deforestation, through public-private partnerships can be key for UNDP’s ambitions to reduce poverty, reduce deforestation and engage the private sector in SDGs.  

The Green Commodities Programme (GCP) exists to improve the national economic, social, and environmental performance of agricultural commodity sectors. GCP works within agricultural commodity production in countries of UNDP operation where the programme can have significant impact on rural livelihoods, mitigate climate change, and maintain the ecosystem services and resilience of landscapes and seascapes. 

The GCP has pioneered the concept of National Commodity Platforms to help governments facilitate shared visions and actions for sustainable commodity production among key stakeholders. GCP operates in over ten countries globally.  

GCP has coordinated 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 nearly 70% of deforestation globally. The GGP Program was delivered through a multi-agency consortium including WWF, IFC, UNEP, and CI. The Program provided support to production, generate responsible demand, support enabling transactions and foster adaptive management and learning through multiple child projects. UNDP GCP implemented the production project within the GGP which included global support and activities in three target countries (Paraguay, Liberia, and Indonesia), as well as the Adaptive Management & Learning project (in partnership with WWF) focusing on programme level coordination, knowledge management, community of practice development, communication, and partnerships. 

The Green Commodities Programme is transitioning to the Food and Agricultural Commodity Systems practice (FACS) which is the host organization for this internship. 

UNDP FACS is seeking to engage a Digital Communications and Social Media Intern to support in the development and implementation of a range of communications activities, and reporting to the UNDP FACS Global Communications Lead.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities 

Main tasks: 

Support to the UNDP FACS team and specifically the Communications team in: 

- Designing and updating communications content for the UNDP FACS and GGP websites and social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube); 

- Design of visuals, flyers, and Video editing using Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Premiere pro) 

- Supporting UNDP FACS, GCP, GGP engagement campaigns and strategies; 

- Supporting with the updating of the FACS and GGP websites; 

- Data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation in flowcharts, tables, or slides; 

- Preparation and organization of webinars, knowledge management tools, product, and activities such as workshops, Community of Practice  platform and events; 

- Translation, proof reading, formatting, and editing of documents; 

- Preparation of presentations, briefing notes, meeting minutes and reports; 

- Managing mailing lists and photo assets; 

- Providing support on internal communications reporting and products; 

-  Other related tasks and ad hoc support. 


Competencies and Skills 


- Demonstrates integrity by modeling 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 favoritism; 

- Interest and motivation in working in an international organization; 

- Strong IT skills, including MS Office; 

- Strong design skills (InDesign, Illustrator) and video editing (Adobe Premier or similar) 

- Excellent writing and editing skills; 

- Interest in communications and content creation; 

- Experience with social media management is a plus.  

- Strong knowledge in Social Media management 

Personal Skills: 

- Creative, proactive and supportive; 

- Able to take initiative and work independently. 

- Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities. 

- Ability to work in team, creating a positive environment. 

- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. 

- Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skills. 

Required Skills and Experience

Requirements and Qualifications 


(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) such as journalism, communications, international development, social/political sciences, environment, agriculture, sustainable development, economics, or related fields; 


(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) such as journalism, communications, international development, social/political sciences environment, agriculture, sustainable development, economics, or related fields; 


c) Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) such as journalism, communications, international development, social/political sciences environment, agriculture, sustainable development, economics, or related fields; and,  if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.  


Previous experience providing support in communications

Experience in social media management and content creation

Experience in graphic design (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator) and video editing would be an asset

Language Requirements: 

Fluent in 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.