Intern for Volunteers for Events

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Location : Bonn, GERMANY
Application Deadline :26-Mar-19 (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
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both societies at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity, and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement, and solidarity.

UNV engages around 6000 volunteer assignments annually. With an average age of 38 years and the requisite professional skills and qualifications of some 5 to 10 years of relevant experience. The majority – 81 percent – come from developing countries themselves. One-third of UN Volunteers served in their own countries, with the others carrying out international assignments. The financial equivalent of programme activities exceeds US$ 235 million annually.

UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 120 staff positions – with the large presence in Bonn and some positions with different UN peacekeeping and political missions, and in other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo) and Regional Offices (Nairobi, Dakar, Bangkok, Panama, and Amman).

The Volunteer Solutions Section (VSS) oversees the application of standard policies and procedures at all levels of the Volunteer Management Cycle and programme development and management as well as the coordination and facilitation of communication and collaboration with Regional Offices. The service line Volunteers for Events (V4Events) is a systematic approach to volunteer mobilization and management to support events organized by UN entities or the Member States.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Programme Specialist, On-site Volunteers Solutions, and under the direct supervision of the Volunteers for Events Project Manager within the Volunteer Solutions Section (VSS), the intern will support the Volunteers for Events service line as follows:  

  • Assist with the development and testing of various tools (marketing material, training packs, implementation guidelines, terms of responsibilities, recognition techniques, and policy to contribute to the delivery of V4Events service line;
  • Contribute to the refinement of elements of the ecosystem of volunteer management for events by compiling recommendations and lessons learned from past events, as well as conducting marketing research about systems, tools, and policies used by other players in the sector;
  • Assist VSS to share necessary information and tools with UNV Regional Offices and Field Units to support the implementation of the service line - from proposal to delivery of events;
  • Support in updating the V4Events Knowledge Base space and sharing information as appropriate;
  • Acts as the standby capacity for V4Events management, in the absence of the project manager, and support other assigned activities within VSS in relation to the section mandate and priorities as requested.

Learning opportunities for the intern

  • General understanding of the work and mission of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and of the contribution of volunteerism to peace and development effectiveness;
  • Hands-on experience with the preparation and implementation of multimedia materials for an international organization, as well as with its editorial and outreach processes;
  • Insight into issues of modern corporate communications;
  • Experience working in an international organization and in a multicultural environment.


Strong interest in development cooperation and in the work of the United Nations Volunteers programme

Required Skills and Experience

  • Relevant studies and minimum experience in Marketing, Project Management, Event Management, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Management Studies (Human Resources Management, Public Administration, Law…) or a related field.
  • Research abilities and strong interest in and knowledge of global events.
  • Creative open-minded team player with strong initiative and a willingness to learn;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
  • In addition to excellent knowledge of English, fluency in another official United Nations language, particularly French and/or Spanish, is an asset.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), is required.  Knowledge of design applications would be an asset.
  • Interest and experience in volunteering is a strong asset.
  • Experience in developing countries is desirable.

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNV internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);

(c) 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.

  • UNDP Conditions of Service for interns apply for interns working at UNV Headquarters;
  • The Internship Programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. Costs and arrangements for travel, visa, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNV but to complement an intern's studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship;
  • UNV accepts no responsibility for the intern's medical insurance or for costs arising from illness during the internship. Interns are required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage;
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Short-listed candidates may be requested to take a short interview.

Incomplete applications will not be considered

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.

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