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The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is a capacity building programme that aims to build the profile and improve the management of Development Minerals. The programme is an initiative of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), financed by the European Union and UNDP, and implemented by UNDP.

The mining of development minerals has important implications for sustainable development. Often referred to as Low Value Minerals and Materials (LVMM) due to their low price as a function of their weight, and their relatively low value to international commodity markets, Development Minerals provide crucial inputs for domestic economic development (infrastructure, manufacturing, construction and agriculture to name a few) and have the potential to be high value in terms of domestic development.

The programme is being implemented in 10 countries namely: Cameroon, Fiji, Guinea (Conakry), Jamaica, Uganda, Zambia, Suriname, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. Training and support is be provided to artisanal and small-scale miners, mineral processing enterprises and communities on: 1) formalizing artisanal and small-scale mining operations and improving the business environment; 2) increasing and stabilizing incomes of artisanal and small-scale mining enterprises; 3) addressing environmental and social impacts; 4) supporting women-owned and -run artisanal and small-scale enterprises; 5) facilitating knowledge exchanges between African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

The successful candidate will be part of a team working with four different continents and in diverse development settings.

The intern will gain experience with the production of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) business communications content and the use of communication tools for development, catering for different types of target audiences, as well as organization of multi-country events.

He/she will also earn an understanding of how international organizations function, gain knowledge on key and acute global development challenges and be exposed to a group of dedicated international staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager, the intern shall perform the following assignments:  

  • Support the management of the Programme’s social media handles by feeding them with relevant and timely content.
  • Collect and write stories from the countries implementing the Programme.
  • Support the upgrading and management of the Programme’s website with relevant stories from the field.
  • Develop infographics based on information and data from the Programme.
  • Assist with the production of the Programme’s Bulletin and management of the mailing list of the Programme.
  • Organize and curate the photo and video archive
  • Assist with the organization of communications and visibility events and knowledge-sharing events
  • Contribute to and perform such other duties as may be assigned.


  • Solid organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Strong social media skills, and ability to organize events, including online.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of photo editing and web publication tools, familiarity with graphic design, content and mail management tools and other relevant software is an asset.
  • Strong interest in, and knowledge of, global development and the work of international organisations.
  • Knowledge of mining in Africa, the Caribbean or the Pacific, preferably artisanal mining an advantage.
  • A background in or exposure to working in mining and geology, especially at community level, would be desirable.
  • Knowledge of the UN/UNDP and commitment to the UN mission and UNDP mandate is an advantage.
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modelling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards.
  • Exposure to, or familiarity with working with the informal sector, is an advantage.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Skills and Experience



  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Fluency in French is desirable.

Application process:

Interested applicants must include the following documents when submitting their applications (NB:  As only 1 (one) file can be uploaded, please include all documents in a single file):

  • Updated CV as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and a letter of recommendation from a professor or professional references.
  • Motivation letter specifying reasons why candidate is seeking the internship and what is expected from the experience.
  • Official letter from the University confirming enrolment and specifying expected graduation date (for students).
  • Official letter from the University confirming graduation date (for graduates).

Only those candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted for interview.


UNDP accepts no responsibility for the costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.

Prior to being offered a Letter of Acceptance for Internship, the selected candidate will have to provide the following additional documents:

  • Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician.
  • Proof of valid Medical Insurance cover, valid for the duration of the internship programme.
  • Copy of his/her most recent school transcript.
  • Copy of passport.

General Conditions:

  • In accordance with the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP interns are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, with a rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
  • Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.
  • Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions.
  • Interns are not considered 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.