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).  With presence in 170 countries and territories, UNDP endeavors to help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress. UNDP personnel are united by a common purpose: to help countries and communities across the world pursue peaceful, prosperous lives, lived in harmony with the planet.

Drawing on the diversity of UNDP’s client needs and partnerships, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is the hub for the global HR function for UNDP, providing strategy, policy setting, guidance and oversight. In addition, OHR provides a broad range of HR advisory and talent management services enabling UNDP to deliver fully integrated development solutions at corporate level.  In this context, OHR is focused on the implementation of an ambitious and forward-looking three-year strategy, People for 2030, which will progressively transform UNDP’s culture and enable its workforce capacity to deliver more and better results.

Through People for 2030, OHR aims to be at the leading edge of HR in the international development sector by developing high quality and innovative human resources solutions and driving transformation across UNDP.

In this renewed and dynamic framework, OHR is seeking high caliber professionals with a capacity, commitment, and attitude needed to generate a culture characterized by innovation, entrepreneurship and a focus on delivering transformative outcomes.

In this context, and under the supervision of the People for 2030 Implementation Coordinator, OHR are sourcing an  intern to support the implementation of People for 2030’s engagement strategy. The aims of the People for 2030 communication strategy are: the promotion of the programme both internally and externally to UNDP; encouraging the engagement of staff across the world; informing staff on changes that have been made and what these changes mean for them.

In order to realize these aims, People for 2030 is reliant on high quality communication both internally and externally with the aim of:

  • Engaging and motivating a network of over 150 People for 2030 Champions in UNDP offices across the world,
  • Designing promotional materials including posters, leaflets and PowerPoints,
  • Managing the social media content, including Twitter and LinkedIn posts, writing blogs and preparing staff for interviews,
  • Increased use of multimedia including videos, webinars and podcasts.

This is a role for someone who primarily wishes to demonstrate their ability to implement a communication plan for a major transformational programme with one of the largest UN entities; UNDP. Specifically, the incumbent will be required to manage the online community of People Champions through engaged interaction on MS Teams and other internal channels of communication.

Full or part-time for 3-6 months, the job requires creativity, enthusiasm to learn, and the ability to meet deadlines and maintain high-quality of output working under pressure. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The internship will be organized around these main activities:

  • Manage the People Champion Community online through the use of MS Teams,
  • Responsible for setting and delivering the engagement plan for the People Champion Community
  • Responsible for providing feedback to OHR Management on issues arising and communicating solutions back to the community.
  • Compose blogs, articles and interviews discussing People for 2030
  • Manage and develop the use of multimedia tools for People for 2030
  • Innovate new ideas to realize the communication goals of People for 2030: Engage personnel, Promote People for 2030 and inform all personnel. 


  • Comfortable with design & graphics editing software (Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, CreativeStudio, wordpress)
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Innovation;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • UNDP uses Microsoft Suite, including Microsoft Teams and Power Bi. Proficiency and willingness to learn these tools is necessary.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Preferred educational background in Communications and/ or Human Resources, Talent Management or related areas
  • Student enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Previous experience in communications in a private/ public sector setting,
  • Demonstrated experience of thinking outside of the box in communication campaigns
  • Realization of desired benefits due to a communication campaign
  • HR, Talent Management and/or Organizational Development is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset


Internship Conditions:

  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship.
  • UNDP offers a modest monthly stipend to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station,
  • All other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government, or institution,
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship,
  • 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,
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan,
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Subsequent Employment

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;

Application procedure:
The application should contain:

1.    Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating your motivation, interest in which specific area for the post and your availability;

2.    Current and complete CV in English.

Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.


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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.