Communications and Advocacy, Internship assignment at UN Coordination Office

Location : Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :12-May-15 (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 :May - October 2015
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


Purpose of Internship Programme:

• Provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UN Coordination Office  in Montenegro, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
• Expose them to an international environment;
• Expose them to the work of the Organization with an objective of deepening their knowledge and understanding of UN’s goals, principles and activities; and
• Provide UN System with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

Internships will allow successful candidates to have an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural international organization.

Working in the areas of human rights and development, the UN System in Montenegro supports the country’s European Union accession priorities, building on its global development network, access to innovative solutions, knowledge, experience and resources. In partnership with the government, NGOs, municipalities and other actors, the UN System focuses on results in three areas: Democratic Governance, Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development.

The UN family in Montenegro, composed of five resident and seven regionally based organizations, operates within the framework of the UN reform called “Delivering as One” (DaO). In 2010, Montenegro officially became the country implementing Delivering as One reform, hence the UN System and the Government of Montenegro committed to work more cohesively and in a more coordinated manner within the framework of the so called Integrated UN Programme. Within the DaO framework, the UN System merges its capacities, expertise and comparative advantages with the ones of the Government and national and international partners.

The UN Coordination Office (UNCO) provides support to the work of the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team. The UNCO facilitates inter-agency coordination, communication and collaboration and supports the UN Country Team in overall implementation of the UN Integrated UN Programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Intern will provide support to the UN Coordination Office in Montenegro in day to day activities. Under the guidance and primary supervision of the UN Communications Analyst, the Intern will be expected to carry out the following core responsibilities:

  • • Assist in preparation and implementation of a communications strategy and work plan for the Joint UN Programme on Youth Empowerment;
  • • Assist in branding of the Joint UN Programme on Youth Empowerment;
  • • Assist in reconstruction of the official UN Montenegro website;
  • • Assist in managing official UN Montenegro platforms: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Issuu;
  • • Assist in research and analysis of social media statistics, google stats, preparation of reports;
  • • Coordinating with different UN organisations, collecting and sorting relevant communications materials;
  • • Assist in streamlining complex UN themes and topics into the simplified forms, using various tools for visualisation and presentation (Power Point, Prezi, Canva,, Piktochart, etc.);
  • • Write features and success stories (both in English and in local language) about UN work;
  • • Provide support in managing day-to-day business, assist in preparation and dissemination of various communication materials, upgrading mailing lists and data bases, managing photo galleries and photo selections for different purposes;
  • • Assist in producing scripts for video features, conducting interviews and field visits to showcase the results of UN work;
  • • Written and oral translation as needed.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Understands the mandate of the UN System in the country;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to think strategically, learn fast, express ideas clearly and concisely, work both independently and in teams;
  • Ability to turn complex content into concise engaging stories, using simplified forms;
  • Ability to search, select, analyze and prepare youth-friendly information;
  • Ability to demonstrate self-confidence and sensitivity to gender and cultural diversity;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills with developed attention to details;
  • Excellent knowledge of local and English language, written and spoken;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.

Required Skills and Experience

UNDP may accept interns providing the following conditions are met:


  • Student of Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Social Sciences, IT and similar;
  • Not have graduated prior to the beginning of the internship;
  • Minimum of 8.0 grade point average on a 10.0 scale.


  • Experience in organising events and work with citizen engagement (specifically youth, NGOs, and academia) would be an advantage;
  • Experience in writing stories and using social media;

Duration of Internship Assignments:

  • Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UN. However, they will normally last no less than six weeks and no more than six months. If an intern can prove that a nine-month internship will grant him/her an educational credit for one full school year, the internship may be exceptionally granted for a maximum total duration of nine months;
  • Internship assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year, depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns.

Application Process:

  • Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications by May 12th,  2015 by using the Apply now button;
  • All applicants are requested to upload a duly completed Internship application form.
  • To download UNDP Internship Application Form, please click here.
  • The application should contain:
  1. a duly completed UNDP Internship application form;
  2. a copy of the most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. a letter from the university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  4. a copy of the school transcript;
  5. a letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance; and
  6. a brief paper setting out the reasons why the student is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience.


UNDP is an equal opportunity employer.

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.

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