Translation and Communications Intern

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :16-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Chinese  
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months

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 UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team in China, including all the UN entities present in China. The purpose of the Resident Coordinators System (RCS) is to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level, helping the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments, notably by establishing and strengthening these partnerships for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN Resident Coordinators Office (RCO) supports the roles and functions of the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team. The RCO provides inter-agency coordination support to the UN Country Team (UNCT) and its various inter-agency working mechanisms, including theme groups. Key functions of the RCO include: strategic analysis, planning and positioning of the Country Team; preparation and monitoring of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF); support to joint UN programming and operations management; policy guidance; joint advocacy and communications to enhance UN coherence and improve overall programme impact of the UN System in China.

The RCO is looking for a motivated intern to join the Communications team on a full-time basis and contribute to its crucial mandate of enhancing the coherence of the UN System in China.

The internship will provide the successful candidate with a unique opportunity to learn about how the UN system operates at the country level. Among others, the intern will: actively engage in UN communication and advocacy initiatives; have hands-on experience of various UN documents and articles; learn about the functions and roles of a wide range of UN agencies; gain insight into the country programming process of the UN; and become familiar with how the UN interacts with counterparts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Communication, the Translation and Communication Intern will be responsible for providing support to RCO in its mandate to advance its objectives for communications and advocacy, which includes:

  • Translate (both English to Chinese and Chinese to English) various materials, including the translation of Op-ed, press release, social media posts, speech, and other media/social media or related articles
  • Provide quality interpreting service to UN senior management at high-level visits and events as requested by the office
  • Support the organization and follow-up of the inter-agency and high-level meetings or events attended by the RC or RCO staff members
  • Review and edit translation of reports and other internal/external publications in coordination with other team members
  • Support drafting of social media articles and posts on Chinese and international social media platforms
  • Help with on-site event support (i.e., press conference, video shooting, etc.)
  • Participate in updating and providing inputs to UN China website and other communications productions
  • Implement daily administrative and logistical tasks related to communications work
  • Complete other ad hoc tasks requested by the office and/or supervisor


Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the common UN system
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability


 Functional Competencies

  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong written ability in both Chinese and English
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and mature judgement
  • Responds positively to feedback
  • Excellent computer skills (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment
  • Strong teamwork skills


Additional Competencies:

  • Experience in interpretation at high-level visits and events is strongly preferred
  • Experience in translation of official documents and communications materials is preferred
  • Experience with other UN agencies, international organizations and/or non-governmental organizations would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of the UN system and its mandate is beneficial.
  • Having additional skills that can be applied to online/offline communications (i.e., video editing, photo editing, etc.) will be positively looked upon.

Required Skills and Experience

Major in Interpretation and Translation, English, International Relations, Communications, Journalism, or other relevant fields.

Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • Enrolled in a Masters or in a Ph.D. programme
  • In the final year of a Bachelors programme;
  • Or within one year after graduation from a Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. programme.
  • Or be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program


Additional Requirement

  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan and medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. Any cost arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.
  • The stipend will be paid monthly. Interns will have 1.5 days of leave per month.
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; Cost and arrangement for travel, visas, passports, accommodations and living expenses are the responsibility of the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or the intern.
  • Interns must not apply for or be appointed to a position that should be encumbered by a staff number during the period of their internship. Interns are expected to fulfill the terms of their internships. Therefore, internship must not be foreshortened for the purposes of allowing an intern to apply for a position
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UN in any official capacity.





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