Interns at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Belarus - Communication (2 posts)

Location : Minsk, BELARUS
Application Deadline :23-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :12 weeks, part-time
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 weeks, part-time

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 Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the UN system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system brings together the various UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. RCs are leaders of the UN Country Teams (UNCT) in over 130 countries and are the designated representatives of the Secretary-General at the country level. Working closely with national governments, RCs advocate the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.

In Belarus, the UN country team (UNCT) consists of 7 agencies and supports Belarus’ efforts for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and supports the government’s efforts to achieve international commitments. The Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) provides policy and secretariat services to the RC and the UNCT in order to promote strategic support for national plans and priorities, make operations more efficient and reduce transaction costs for governments, and advocate for the UN’s norms and standards. 2020 will be the final year of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) implementation, and the year of finalization of the new UN-Belarus Cooperation Framework for 2021-2025 as well as the United Nations 75th Anniversary celebrations. All these requires enormous amount of work, including online and offline dialogues in as many communities and countries as possible, and across borders, sectors and generations.

In this context, the RCO is looking for an intern who has a strong interest and passion in working for the UN development system and its reform and is willing to learn a wide range of areas which the RCO deals with on a daily basis, including partnership building, human rights, data, communications and advocacy, resource mobilization, among many others.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the RCO Advocacy and Communications Officer, the intern will work with the RCO to collaborate with RC staff to arrange, plan, manage, support, and follow up on meetings, events, and various other activities. The intern is expected to work with colleagues from various UN agencies.

The intern will:

  • Assist the RCO with strategic communication and public outreach specifically on issues related to UN75, UN-Belarus Cooperation Framework for 2021-2025 and joint UN communications;
  • Assist in developing design, multimedia products, stories and content for the UN in Belarus website;
  • Assist in updating the website; research and suggest new and interesting content, draft content;
  • Assist with planning, preparation and implementation of campaigns and public events, such as exhibitions, rallies, workshops and others related to the issues highlighted above;
  • Assist with monitoring media to determine trends, when necessary;
  • Proactively contribute ideas for projects and media stories that will help to promote communications on the work of UN agencies in Belarus;
  • Participating in meetings of the UN Communications Group, RCO meetings, events and campaigns;
  • Translating UN materials (English, Russian, Belarusian), if required;
  • Perform any other duties as requested by the supervisor.



  • Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes;
  • Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources;
  • Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style;
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; listen to others, correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately; ask questions to clarify, and exhibit interest in having two-way communication.


Required Skills and Experience

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required: 


Applicants to the  internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  • Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.


  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
  • Solid writing and analytical skills, experience with web and social media content production and management are desirable;
  • Experience with design software (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and/or Canva) and literacy in standard software applications (including Powerpoint, Excel and Word) are desirable;
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter;
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individual of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views;
  • Fluency in Russian and English is required.

Application procedure:

The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post and your availability;
  • Current and complete CV in English.

Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Selected candidate(s) will need to submit the following documents prior the beginning of the internship:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrolment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

Additional information:


Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station, must be paid by the receiving office.

The stipend is paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

No other payments of any kind will be made to an intern by the office in connection with an internship agreement.


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