Security Office Intern – Communications and Knowledge Transfer

Application Deadline :24-Aug-18 (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 :3months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3months


The UNDP Security Office (SO), institutionally situated within the Bureau for Management Services (BMS), is responsible for all aspects of security management at UNDP Headquarters in the United States of America, and Country Offices across the world.

The most crucial component of UNDP’s security management approach is the safety and security of all the personnel for which UNDP is accountable. Ensuring a secure work environment for the ~1400 people of the UNDP NY team is a considerable and ongoing challenge. 

Addressing a component of this challenge, and in support of the BMS priority to adopt more efficient processes, the SO intends to produce short safety briefings that can be recorded, uploaded to the UNDP Intranet and then accessed by UNDP personnel, on demand. 

The Security Office Interns – Communications and Knowledge Transfer  – will work with the HQ Security Specialist and the Communications Associate to identify suitable opportunities that lend themselves to the desired format, create appropriate storyboards and then produce the learning material. 

Additionally,they will assist in strengthening the Office’s capacity to support and promulgate SO’s position internally, and within the United Nations Security Management System.

Duties and Responsibilities

The internship will be organized around these main activities:

  • A review of the Emergency Action Plans for UNDP's HQ facilities, to ensure UNDP’s approach is in keeping with the host-building’s plans
  • Research to identify best practices from similar approaches, such as aviation safety briefings, that can be applied to UNDP’s method
  • Preparation of storyboards
  • Filming and/or use of graphics programs to generate the required content
  • Assist in carrying out surveys, assessment and feedback analysis to monitor the impact of methods
  • Update, and where necessary, populate the Security Office’s Intranet portal to reflect security communications materials and information;


  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Attention to details;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;

Required Skills and Experience


  • Student enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • 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.


  • Sound knowledge of the processes involved in filmmaking/editing/production etc would be beneficial
  • Experience, or an interest in, the field of Security and/or Communications


  • Fluency in English;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.  

Application Process:


Once you have been contacted and selected by the hiring office, you will need to provide proof of health insurance coverage, proof of school enrolment or graduation, and a scanned copy of your passport and visa (if applicable), along with an internship agreement form that will be provided to you.


For more information, please see United Nations internship programme policy.

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