The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the global development network for the United Nations system. It is present in 166 countries and territories and is uniquely equipped to help developing countries build sustainable capacity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In support of this, UNDP offers a wide range of solutions to global, regional, and national development challenges through a comprehensive knowledge network, expert practitioners, and focused strategic areas of support.

UNDP Regional Hub primarily provides UNDP Country Offices in the Latin American region with easy access to knowledge through high-quality advisory services and technical support based on global applied research and UNDP lessons learnt. The second priority is to provide regional thought leadership, build partnerships and promote regional capacity building, which allows UNDP, governments, and other development partners to identify, create and share knowledge relevant to solving urgent development challenges.


Understanding how to communicate in gender-responsive ways is a crucial step to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are integrated into every aspect of UNDP’s work in supporting countries through a range of programmes and projects. In recent years, UNDP’s key contribution to advancing gender equality in the region has been demonstrated in the following areas:

- Promoting gender-based environment and climate change solutions

- Supporting women’s economic empowerment

- Integration of gender mainstreaming in development planning

- Addressing gender-based violence

- Increasing women’s political participation


The ATENEA initiative is a mechanism to accelerate parity in the political participation of women in Latin America and the Caribbean. This platform seeks to contribute to the effective exercise of the political rights of women based on conditions of equality and non-discrimination, as well as to contribute to the achievement and consolidation of parity democracy. This initiative is jointly lead by the UNDP, UN Women and International IDEA. Within this framework, the Political Parity Index (PPI) is implemented, which measures, with a comprehensive approach, the progress in women's political rights towards parity, based on eight dimensions and forty indicators. It generates comparable data and information, analytical assessments and specific recommendations that unveil possible roadmaps towards the achievement of parity and constitute key tools for institutions, decision-makers and organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks / Expected Outcomes
Under the direct supervision of the Gender Team Leader the intern will support the delivery of activities and undertake advocacy and coordination of the following main areas:
Social Media:
• Development of monthly reports with analytics for social media channels.
• Monitoring key initiatives during the month.
• Supporting the development of SM packages for events and/or launches during the month.
• Support the gender team on communicating with Country Offices in the region for project development. 
• Supporting the gender team with live tweeting during events (using pre-approved messages and pre-approved photos).
Supporting Communication:
• Support activities such as online workshops and webinars to provide pragmatic guidance and capacity building opportunities and tools to design and implement gender-responsive policies and initiatives. 
• Support in the coordination and facilitation of national and regional events with assistance regarding communication and/or logistical needs.
• Support quality assurance processes for communications products. 
• Support the revision of communications products to ensure their content is up to the UNDP standards. 
• Preparation of communication internal materials such as reports, draft emails, presentations, and/or key messages.
• Support communications for ATENEA regional initiative.
• Support the development (graphic design) of communication products for the gender team.
Knowledge Management and communication:
• Support the systematization of information on internal pages such as Intranet.
• Keep an-up-to-date library of communications inputs related to gender at the region-specific level and proactively share documents with team members and respond to their specific requests for information (includes talking points and presentations).
• Contribute to the development, review and publication of knowledge products in close coordination with the Regional Hub teams. 
• Prepare materials to aid in advocating the importance of the thematic area in various fora, including academia and civil society, to deepen related political commitment and related reforms.
• Systematization of graphic and photographic products to be used for communications purposes.
• Support the development of ATENEA’s new knowledge platform.


• Interest and motivation in working in an international organization.
• Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation.
• Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set.
• Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently.
• Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities.
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
• Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view.
• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
• Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
• Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
• Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
• Strong IT skills including MS Office.
• Strong Adobe skills.
Personal Skills:
• Creative, proactive, and supportive.
• At ease with multitasking and precise.
• Ability to work in a team, creating a positive environment. 
• Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities. 
• Attention to details.


As part of the UNDP Intern will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially at the beginning of the assignment.
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results.
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment. 
  • Easy access to the supervisor.
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness.
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise.
  • Completion of Performance Review.

Required Skills and Experience

Education, Experience, Language requirements 

Be enrolled in the final academic year of a university degree programme (such as Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Communications, international relations, social sciences, or related disciplines. 


Be enrolled in a graduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher) in Communications, international relations, social sciences, or related disciplines. 


Have graduated with a university or graduate degree in Communications, international relations, social sciences, or related disciplines and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;


Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.

Strong commitment to promoting gender equality, excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 

Experience in communications, development and gender equality would be desirable. Experience with Adobe is a plus.

Language Requirements:
Must be fluent in Spanish and English. 

Experience in any other UN language is a plus (especially French and/or Portuguese).  

Internship Conditions

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.