People For 2030 Communications Intern

Application Deadline :12-Aug-20 (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 :3-6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3-6 months


UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  With presence in 170 countries and territories, UNDP endeavors to help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress. UNDP personnel are united by a common purpose: to help countries and communities across the world pursue peaceful, prosperous lives, lived in harmony with the planet.

Drawing on the diversity of UNDP’s client needs and partnerships, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is the hub for the global HR function for UNDP, providing strategy, policy setting, guidance and oversight. In addition, OHR provides a broad range of HR advisory and talent management services enabling UNDP to deliver fully integrated development solutions at corporate level.  In this context, OHR is focused on the implementation of an ambitious and forward-looking three-year strategy, People for 2030, which will progressively transform UNDP’s culture and enable its workforce capacity to deliver more and better results.

Through People for 2030, OHR aims to be at the leading edge of HR in the international development sector by developing high quality and innovative human resources solutions and driving transformation across UNDP.

In this renewed and dynamic framework, OHR is seeking high caliber professionals with a capacity, commitment, and attitude needed to generate a culture characterized by innovation, entrepreneurship and a focus on delivering transformative outcomes.

In this context, and under the supervision of the People for 2030 Implementation Coordinator, OHR are sourcing an  intern to support the implementation of People for 2030’s communication strategy. The aims of the People for 2030 communication strategy are: the promotion of the programme both internally and externally to UNDP; encouraging the engagement of staff across the world; informing staff on changes that have been made and what these changes mean for them.

In order to realize these aims, People for 2030 is reliant on high quality communication both internally and externally via:

  • Engaging and motivating a network of over 150 People for 2030 Champions in UNDP offices across the world,
  • Designing promotional materials including posters, leaflets and PowerPoints,
  • Managing the social media content, including Twitter and LinkedIn posts, writing blogs and preparing staff for interviews,
  • Increased use of multimedia including videos, webinars and podcasts
  • Updating the OHR/ HR intranet pages.

This is a role for someone who primarily wishes to demonstrate their ability to implement a communication plan for a major transformational programme with one of the largest UN entities; UNDP.

Full or part-time for 3-6 months, the job requires creativity, enthusiasm to learn, and the ability to meet deadlines and maintain high-quality of output working under pressure.

Duties and Responsibilities

The internship will be organized around these main activities:

  • Support the management of the People for 2030 Champions network;
  • Development of new materials to promote People for 2030;
  • Increase and manage People for 2030’s social media footprint;
  • Compose blogs, articles and interviews discussing People for 2030;
  • Manage and develop the use of multimedia tools for People for 2030;
  • Innovate new ideas to realize the communication goals of People for 2030: Engage personnel, Promote People for 2030 and inform all personnel;
  • Update and maintain the OHR/ HR intranet pages.


  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Innovation;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Maintain confidentiality

UNDP uses Microsoft Suite, including Microsoft Teams and Power Bi. Proficiency and willingness to learn these tools is necessary.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Preferred educational background in Communications and/ or Human Resources, Talent Management or related areas
  • 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.


  • Previous experience in communications in a private/ public sector setting;
  • Demonstrated experience of thinking outside of the box in communication campaigns;
  • Realization of desired benefits due to a communication campaign;
  • HR, Talent Management and/or Organizational Development is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset.

UNDP Terms & Conditions for Internship

  • In accordance with the UNDP Internship policy, UNDP interns are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, with the rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
  • Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or a third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend. 
  • Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Click here for important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders).
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.

If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact

© 2016 United Nations Development Programme