Communication for Development Intern

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :12-May-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :3-6 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.


Under UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, the Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction (IGPR) Unit is organized around four pillars under the overarching UNDP’s overall Human Development approach: (i) MDGs and Post-2015 ; (ii) Inclusive Growth; (iii) Inequalities and Social Policies; and (iv) Green Growth. Development results are linked to influencing ideas, policy and programming impacts for reduction of multi-dimensional poverty and sustainable human development. Towards these results, the work of the Unit includes (a) an engagement with external stakeholders for policy-oriented advocacy, capacity development and knowledge sharing through regional public goods, (b) supporting and working with internal UNDP teams at Country Offices for technical and policy advisory services, (c) working with other internal regional practices, and (d) linking global, regional and country level knowledge for poverty reduction, progress towards MDGs and other the internationally accepted development goals, in promoting human development.
As the issues of poverty cannot be compartmentalized, the work is team-based, with all Team members expected to work in a coordinated and interlinked manner to deliver high quality and timely outputs, often against tight deadlines. Each member contributes to the work of the other members of the Team and a system of Focal Points and Alternates ensures responsibility, mutual support, and continuity in the absence of someone to deliver on the Team’s outputs.
Under the overall supervision of the IGPR team, the intern will work with the four streams and be responsible for contributing to and coordinating the Team’s knowledge management and communication for effective dissemination and broking of knowledge, tracking and support to technical and policy advisory services, network support, and website management.

Duties and Responsibilities

In collaboration with the IGPR and Knowledge Management Teams of UNDP APRC, the intern will deliver the following services:
Management and development of key contents for the inclusivedevelopmentasiapacific.netweb portal and the IGPR page of the UNDP APRC corporate website
  • Design the structure of the contents, conceptualize and draft the key contents on the following pages of the web portal focusing on thematic sub-pages, including poverty and hunger, social protection and gender and macroeconomics, inclusive growth and globalization, green growth
  • Write, edit, and oversee the preparation of a diverse range of internet-based products to promote UNDP’s vision and effectiveness on the web, including the project fact sheets, case studies, project updates 
  • Ensure content is up-to-date and presented in an accurate, and user-friendly manner that demonstrates the effectiveness of UNDP to key partners, donors, institutions, media and the general public
  • Under the direction of UNDP, carry out web portal maintenance, adding as necessary, links, pages, text, video and audio files, photos and new sections based on the raw materials provided by the IGPR Team 
  • Produce copy and edit content and information for the portal, which will both inform and attract website visitors
  • Identify the social media strategy and incorporate social media tools and options into the web portal to promote the contents and attract visitors
Knowledge products
  • Support IGPR team on knowledge products, including facilitating the publications through the APRC Knowledge Product Review and putting together the knowledge product report that includes the number of products produced, tracking the download and usage, and dissemination and advocacy results.


Core competencies
  • Demonstrate commitment to the UN’s core values; respects individual, gender and cultural differences in dealing with others
  • Treat all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional Competencies:
  • Effective communications skills and computer skills;
  • Produce quality outputs in a timely manner when assigned a given task;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Ability to remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Provide support to others who request advice or help.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Current enrolment in a masters or equivalent degree in development communications, new media, journalisms, international development or related field
  • Relevant experience in website maintenance and content management would be an advantage
  • Demonstrable skills in analytical thinking, communication, and research
  • Experience of producing publications for mass audiences
  • Experience of non-for-profit organizations would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of managing corporate communications (internal/external)  
  • Excellent web content writing and editing skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required 
  • Excellent interactive and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Note that candidates that have graduated are not eligible for internship.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English

Interns’ Expenses:

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.  All costs connected with an intern's participation in the Programme must be borne by: the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.
Subsequent Employment:
  • 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.

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