Communication Intern, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :21-Apr-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 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.


The United Nations is an impartial and trusted partner in Uganda, supporting the Government to achieve its development goals. The United Nations Country Team (UNCT), is comprised of 22 resident and non-resident UN agencies. The UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative (RC/RR) leads the UNCT and is the highest representative of UNDP in Uganda. The RC/RR is also the Designated Official for security for UN Uganda.

The Government of Uganda and the UN have agreed to adopt the ‘Delivering as One’ (DaO) modality in Uganda to better adapt UN’s support to the national context. ‘Delivering as One’ is an initiative by the United Nations aimed at making the UN better coordinated and more efficient and effective. Within countries the UN aims to achieve this through having One Leader, One Programme, One Budget, and Communicating and Operating as One.  

The Resident Coordinator’s Office, where the intern would be based, supports the Resident Coordinator in achieving ‘Delivering as One’ objectives. The intern will be working closely with the UN Communication Group (UNCG), responsible for joint UN internal and external communication, in supporting the implementation of the Uganda UN Development Assistance Framework Advocacy and Communication Strategy. The strategy supports the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020 and focuses on supporting advocacy and communications of joint UN programming and initiatives implemented by several UN agencies, and popularizing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Uganda.

The UN Communications Group also contributes to Upstream Advocacy to the Government of Uganda and development partners on development issues. The UNCT relies on the UNCG for a wide range of advocacy and communication products and services including preparation of key messages, fact sheets, press releases, joint statements, policy briefs, newspaper supplements, talking points on important issues of joint UN importance, organisation of public events to disseminate advocacy information; planning and executing media and social media campaigns targeting a variety of audiences as required.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Coordination Specialist and the direct supervision of the Communication Officer, the Communication Intern will support the Resident Coordinator’s Office with several tasks.

Support the Communication Officer at RCO by doing the following:

  • Contribute to researching and writing RC speeches, talking points, statements articles, opeds, blogs etc;
  • Preparing and circulating minutes of meetings and follow up on actions;
  • Hard and soft copy filing of documents;
  • Photography of events involving the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN in Uganda;
  • Systematic storing of the photographs systematically on the shared drive for future us in publications;.
  • Contribute to the design and production of publications, branding and visibility items for the UN in Uganda;
  • Contribute to organizing events for UN in Uganda;
  • Contribute to posts on social media platforms and website of the UN in Uganda;
  • Engage with a diverse group of partners and close collaboration with all UN entities in the country;
  • The intern is expected to develop excellent secretariat skills including meeting planning and preparation, organization, minute taking and follow up;
  • The intern is expected to learn the structures of the UN coordination mechanisms at country level;
  • The intern will have the opportunity to participate in various high-level meetings coordinated or organized by the RCO. 


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;

 Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with professionalism, energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong ability to manage relationships with diverse stakeholders;
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to adapt to diverse audiences and stakeholders;
  • Demonstrates strong planning and organization skills;
  • Contributes to teamwork within RCO and displays flexibility about assigned tasks;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.

Required Skills and Experience

Education Requirements

The applicant must meet at least one of the below educational requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher from a recognized institution) in Mass Communications or other relevant fields;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in any of the fields listed above; and
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
  • Candidates must be able to adapt to an international, multicultural, multilingual environment, have good communication skills and can work in a team;
  • Previous experience from volunteering or extra-curricular activities linked to the Vision and Mission of the UN would be considered an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is essential.

Conditions of Internship

  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

UNDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified Women are encouraged to apply.

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