Web Content and Communications Intern

Location : Panama City, PANAMA
Application Deadline :06-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Spanish  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 months


The UNDP-GEF Project: Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks, and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol (“Global ABS project”, GEF ID 5731; 2016-2019), Nagoya; is a 3-year project that specifically aims at assisting countries in the development and strengthening of their national Access and Benefits-Sharing (ABS) frameworks, human resources, and administrative capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol.

The overall objective of the project is to assist countries in the development and strengthening of their national ABS frameworks, human resources and administrative capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol. The expected outcomes of the project are:

1. Strengthening the legal, policy and institutional capacity to develop national ABS frameworks.
2. Building trust between users and providers of genetic resources to facilitate the identification of bio-discovery efforts.
3. Strengthening the capacity of indigenous and local communities to contribute to the imple-mentation of the Nagoya Protocol.
4. Implementing a community of practices on ABS and South-South Cooperation mechanisms.

Based on a cooperation opportunity, the UNV programme will support the implementation of the UNDP-GEF project through a programmatic component and funding from its Global Programme on Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the Strategic Framework 2014-2017. UNV will highlight the importance of volunteerism in support of institutional capacity-building, awareness-raising and south-south cooperation activities towards the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. In five countries in the Latin American region, UNV will seek to build capacities of national volunteers in order for them to serve as valuable social assets in fostering the participation of indigenous and local communities (ILCs) in national ABS policy-making processes and in raising awareness of the importance of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from their use. At the global level, UNV will contribute to establishing a community of practice on ABS as a means of sharing knowledge between participating countries and facilitating the mapping of experts and technical needs with regard to ABS through a global cooperation framework on ABS.

In this context, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project is looking for a motivated and self-driven individual, who wishes to join a global team that promotes the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. This represent an excellent opportunity for individuals who seek to strengthen their understanding on the topic of Access and Benefit Sharing.


Duties and Responsibilities

Main tasks:

The Global ABS team is seeking a communications intern to support the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project in:
• Support the management, content management, update and information dissemination of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS project website and platform that host the Global ABS Community;
• Support the creation of audio-visual and graphic materials of activities implemented by the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project and the United Nations Volunteers Component;
• Support the translation, proof reading and editing of documents;
• Preparation of presentations, briefing notes, meeting minutes and reports;
• Data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation in flowcharts, tables or slides;
• Follow up on the organization, coordination, communication, dynamization and monitoring of activities within the Global ABS Community providing technical support to promote information and experience sharing among its members.
• Support and assist project team members, as and when needed
• Assist in other project management related tasks, as needed.
• Other related tasks.


- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
- Strong IT skills including MS Office;
- Excelent writing skills;
- Interest in logistics and event organization.

Personal Skills:
- Creative, proactive and supportive;
- At ease with multitasking and precise;
- Able to take initiative and work independently;
- Ability to work in team; creating a positive environment;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
- Excellent organizational, inter-personal, communication and administrative skill

Required Skills and Experience

Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent) such as communications, communications for development, journalism, business, administration or related fields;


Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) such as communications, communications for development, journalism, business, administration or related fields;


Have graduated with a university degree such as communications, communications for development, journalism, business, administration or related fields and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Experience in website content and community management;
Experience using graphic design and video editing programs would be an asset;
Good knowledge of social media,
Desirable, with familiarity in UNDP´s work on environment and biodiversity.

Language Requirements:
Written and spoken proficiency in both, English and Spanish


  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months;
  • 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;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out;
  • 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.
  • Your application should include a resume.

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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