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 Office levels, forms a contiguous 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.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS staff provide technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represent UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private, government and civil society dialogues, and engage in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.

UNDP's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan highlighting our continued commitment to eradicating poverty, accompanying countries in their pathways towards the SDGs and working towards the Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP's Nature, Climate Change, Energy, and Waste (NCE&W) Hubs promote and scale up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas.

BPPS’ Hubs on Nature, Climate, Energy and Waste, with the support of a Vertical Fund Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit, work with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate nature, climate, energy and waste related concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies, support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and oversee the implementation of the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming nature, climate change, energy and waste. This multi-billion-dollar portfolio encompasses:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services including forests;
  • Sustainable Land Management and Desertification including food and commodity systems;
  • Water and Ocean Governance including SIDS;
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation;
  • Sustainable Energy;
  • Extractive Industries;
  • Chemicals and Waste Management;
  • Environmental Governance and Green/Circular Economy; and SCP approaches.

This work advances crosscutting themes on innovative finance, digital transformation, capacity development, human rights, gender equality, health, technology, and South-South learning.

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.

Recognizing that change will be disruptive, UNDP will work to ensure that such transitions are just, and that their impact on vulnerable people is understood and duly mitigated.

The intern will work closely with the Sustainable Energy Hub to support the UNDP’s vision to catalyze unprecedented action and partnerships to provide access to sustainable, affordable, and reliable energy to 500 more million people by 2025, and work to accelerate the transition to renewable energy through systems changes that support inclusive green economies.

The UNDP Sustainable Energy Hub is looking for a social media intern to shape the team’s social media strategy, support the management of social media channels, create compelling content, and lead the social media monitoring and measurement strategy.

UNDP is looking for talented, motivated, and enthusiastic intern that will work closely with the SEH to support them with social media and communications. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Social Media and content creator on sustainable energy

Under the supervision of the Director of the Sustainable Energy Hub, the intern will dynamically support the social media presence within SEH and in collaboration with other teams within UNDP:

  • Support in shaping the SEH team’s social media strategy to increase the Sustainable Energy Hub's online presence and engagement with target audiences.
  • Analyze which social media to be used in order to position the SEH and build the community on sustainable energy
  • Research, develop and draft compelling content for corporate and senior leadership accounts across different social media channels;
  • Support interviews with energy experts and partners to generate insightful content for the Hub's social media platforms.
  • Support thematic teams in improving their social media performance. Create and curate content for social media platforms (including but not limited to Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram) that highlights the Hub's initiatives, events, publications, and success stories.
  • Create social media videos using communication software (e.g. Lumen5, etc.). Use multimedia tools to create visually appealing content (such as videos, animations, infographics, and podcasts) that convey the Hub's messages effectively.
  • Create social media graphics and gifs (using Adobe, Canva, etc.).
  • Identify and share new social media features, trends and opportunities;
  • Contribute to the ideation of new digital and social media campaigns;
  • Prepare and present weekly performance reports;
  • Identify thematic thought leaders and influencers. Develop partnerships and collaborations with other organizations and influencers in the sustainable energy field to expand the Hub's reach and impact on social media.
  • Develop and maintain the SEH social media calendar.
  • Participate and contribute to SEH communications task force meetings.
  • Propose to engage with social media followers, respond to comments and messages, and actively participate in relevant online discussions to increase the Hub's visibility and thought leadership on sustainable energy.

Cross functional & Technical competencies

  • Collaborate with the Sustainable Energy Hub team to identify and amplify key messages related to sustainable energy across different social media platforms.
  • Monitor social media trends and best practices and recommend innovative approaches to improve the Hub's social media performance.
  • Conduct social media analytics to measure the impact of the Hub's social media activities and provide regular reports and recommendations for improvement.
  • Assist in organizing online events and campaigns (such as webinars, Twitter chats, and social media contests) to promote the Sustainable Energy Hub's objectives and engage with target audiences.
  • Provide training and guidance to Sustainable Energy Hub staff on effective social media practices and tools.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Management

Digital Awareness and Literacy

Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillful grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others

to use them as needed

Business Management


Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience


Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

External Relations and Advocacy

Social Media Management

Ability to represent and promote the UNDP brand in

virtual communities and networks


Video Production

Ability to produce or oversee the production of high quality video and audio products


Multimedia writing/editing 

Ability to create and/or edit written content for



Multimedia production

Ability to create and combine images, text and audiovisuals to produce multimedia content

2030 Agenda: Planet

Nature Climate and Energy

Energy: Renewable Energy


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 in the fields of Social Media, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Graphic Design, Journalism or related;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in fields such as Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Graphic Design, Journalism or related disciplines;
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above), and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Experience in social media management
  • Literate in standard programmes (MS office, etc.);
  • Ability to use a range of social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, LinkedIn, Hootsuite, or equivalent)
  • Be social media savvy;
  • Know the latest social media content and platform trends and best practices;
  • Have experience in analyzing social media analytics;
  • Have experience in producing compelling social media content;

Language requirements

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

Institutional Arrangements

  • The intern will report to the Director of the UNDP Sustainable Energy Hub.
  • The internship will be carried out remotely from the intern’s home-base

Interns’ Expenses

Interns may be given a stipend under conditions prescribed in the section on stipends, below.  Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, passports, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of:

(a) The nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or

(b) The intern.


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.