Communications and Social Media Intern

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Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :18-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

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.


UN Women Background:

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Unit/ Project Background:

Communications is a key component of UN Women’s work in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region and constitutes a vehicle for ensuring visibility for successful UN Women initiatives, results and programmes as well as for raising awareness about key issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Effective communications also contribute to mobilizing resources as donors would like to see value for money. 

New digital media have brought about dramatic changes in the ways people consume information and interact. Not only have digital communication channels changed how people access and share information, they have also generated new content formats. Audiences are in particular drawn to the appeal of visual and interactive presentation. Thus, UN Women ECA Regional Office (ECA RO) communications unit intends to expand into this area with the aim of telling impactful human-interest stories to large audiences using new digital formats.

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Regional Communications and Advocacy Specialist, the intern will assist the Communications Section in various digital and social media communications and website activities. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Communications Analyst, the intern will:

  • Support the development of communications tools such as brochures, infographics, fact-sheets, multi-media assets etc.;
  • Support the daily management of regional social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr):
    • Writing engaging posts and ensuring regular updates on social media and support with production of other content for social media
    • Personal communications with fans and followers
    • Keeping up to date on new social media tools, best practice and how other organizations and companies are using them in order to identify new campaigning opportunities,
    • Analyzing social media analytics together with the communications team to support the expansion of UN Women’s reach over social media in the region
  • Support research on specific themes relating to UN Women mandate;
  • Support the organization and preparation of meetings and events planned by the ECA RO;
  • Contribute and ensure the visibility of events, campaigns and key activities planned by ECA RO and field offices. (drafting articles, podcasts, photos, etc.).
  • Support with the production of multimedia content


In addition, the intern may be responsible for the following financial and administrative tasks:

  • To support events’ organization: service providers’ selections (communication agency, hotels, printer, etc.) and elaboration of terms of references, drafting selection minutes, contracts, etc.
  • To follow the reception of deliverables and the services’ providers’ payment;
  • To ensure the shaping of reports and documents;
  • To ensure translations and synthesis.

Learning Objectives:

•           By the end of the internship the intern should have a good working knowledge of the communications function of UN Women as well as digital and social media;

•           The intern should leave with an improved understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and how UN Women’s work is changing global perspectives about these areas


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of online platforms, and social media outlets including online tools;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft tools (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Excellent writing and research skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities;
  • Knowledge and understanding of gender and development issues;
  • Knowledge on online campaigns and/or marketing strategies;
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design and other graphic design production tools is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must have studies in communications, public relations, journalism or other similar subject at the university level.
  • Be 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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application Information:

  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
  • Selected applicants must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment, passport, and visa (if applicable)



In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.


UN Women Internship Policy:

1.) Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following 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 (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

2.) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;

3.) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;

4.) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;

5.) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;

6.) Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to positions in the professional and above category in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;

7.) The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application

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