Intern – Communications & Graphic Design

Location : Homebased, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :02-Feb-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
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

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.


Addressing climate and disaster risks in a coherent manner across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. Capitalizing on the complementarity of UN agencies’ expertise across various social, economic and environmental sectors, the UN System can demonstrate its value-added supports in responding to country demand for integrated and coherent solutions.

The Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) is a global partnership composed of 20 UN and non-UN organizations that works towards strengthening countries’ capacities to pursue integrated and coherent solutions to reduce disaster and climate risks to achieve the 2030 agenda and its commitment to leave no one behind. By pooling its member agencies’ resources, expertise, and knowledge, the CADRI Partnership promotes the effectiveness of the UN System to optimally use its assets and expertise. The CADRI Partnership Secretariat is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Geneva Office.

Over the past decade, the CADRI Partnership has been active in supporting capacity development in disaster risk reduction (DRR), including preparedness for response, and climate change adaptation (CCA) in 40 countries. The CADRI Partners have jointly developed an assessment and planning methodology covering ten sectors and areas: agriculture and food security; environment, infrastructure; cultural heritage; health; WASH, education, nutrition; human mobility and climate services. Under the CADRI Joint Programme (2019-2023), the CADRI Partnership is broadening its offer of capacity development services and scaling up its services in the regions to respond to increasing country demand for capacity development support.

Effectively communicating CADRI’s offer of services and achievements internally and externally to client countries and partners is a pre-condition to expand CADRI offer of services and geographical coverage. The CADRI Partnership is implementing a communication strategy with the view to highlight the unique strengths of the CADRI Partnership as a “partner of choice” to deliver capacity development services in DRR/CCA at country level; and to document and disseminate stories about country level impact. In 2023, the CADRI Partnership will continue to implement an ambitious marketing plan for its digital tool and learning offer at global and regional level towards governments.

In support of the implementation of the CADRI Partnership Communications and Marketing strategy, the CADRI Partnership Secretariat seeks to recruit an intern to join the CADRI team to support the implementation of the CADRI Communication Strategy with a special focus on the implementation of the Marketing Plan, and the organization of CADRI events as well as the development, design, and layout of CADRI communications and knowledge products such as:

  • CADRI Partnership Quarterly Bulletins
  • CADRI Country engagement updates
  • Capacity diagnosis reports
  • The CADRI Partnership website content
  • Social media
  • CADRI event flyers
  • Videos

Duties and Responsibilities

The CADRI inter-agency Partnership is recruiting an intern to join the team to support the implementation of the CADRI Communications & Marketing Strategy with a special focus on the development, design, and layout of CADRI communications and knowledge products.

The intern will be part of the CADRI Secretariat team in Geneva. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the CADRI Communication team and overall guidance of the CADRI Coordinator and in collaboration with CADRI partners including FAO, IOM, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP and WHO communication experts.  

The intern will perform the following duties:

  • Design communications products (incl. quarterly bulletins, monthly country engagement updates, country blog stories), consistently applying CADRI’s branding guidelines;
  • Design and layout of the CADRI capacity diagnosis reports and policy makers digest;
  • Develop communications products and promotional content for global events;
  • Assist in the implementation of a marketing strategy to socialize the CADRI digital tool for capacity diagnosis by designing promotional materials (video, brochure, infographics);
  • Design and develop engaging content for the CADRI website and social media;
  • Edit videos for social media and the website (including interviews with partner agencies and governments, country work, etc.);
  • Support in the design and development of high-level presentations for the CADRI partners and for governments and financing partners;
  • Assist with any other communications tasks as required.


  • Ability to summarize a large amount of information and adapt content for a public audience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Great attention to detail and proven experience in proof reading;
  • Effective communication skills with staff at all levels and external partners;
  • Initiative taking;
  • Strong organization skills;
  • Ability to work well in a team;
  • Client orientation;
  • Demonstration of cultural sensitivity and appreciation for different cultures and practices.

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);

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

(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.

The applicant should be enrolled in a programme, as stated in requirements a) b), c) or d), in Communication, Public Relations, Events, Graphic Design or related field.

Required Skills:

  • Sound computer skills and experience using web-based applications, social media, and content management systems;
  • Very good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Working knowledge of Illustrator and InDesign are essential requirements. Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects are highly desirable. 
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office.


  • Proficiency in English is required;
  • Good working knowledge of French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic is an asset.

Application Procedure:

  • The application should contain a) brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post; and (b) current and complete CV in English.

Conditions of the Internship:

  • As of 1 January 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;
  • 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;
  • In cases when the intern is expected to travel to the duty station, the intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; this internship is homebased;
  • 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 Programme 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 contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of the following documents upon selection:

  • Copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date;
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • Copy of his/her school transcript;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Completed UNDP internship application form;
  • Signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Proof of medical insurance.

Application process:

  • In your application, please (i) state in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship, and (ii) indicate your preferred start and end date, as well as your availability timeframe in 2023;
  • Submit your CV/Resume.

Please combine the above into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload one document.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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