Addressing climate and disaster risks in a coherent manner across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. Capitalizing on the complementarity of UN agencies’ expertise across various social, economic and environmental sectors, the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) is a global partnership composed of 20 UN and non-UN organizations that works towards strengthening countries’ capacities to pursue integrated and coherent solutions to reduce disaster and climate risks. The CADRI Partnership Secretariat is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Geneva Office.

Effectively communicating CADRI’s offer of services and achievements internally and externally to client countries and partners is critical to expand CADRI offer of services and geographical coverage. The CADRI Partnership is implementing a communication strategy with the view to highlight the unique strengths of the CADRI Partnership as a “partner of choice” to deliver capacity development services in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation at country level; and to document and disseminate stories about country level impact.

In support of the implementation of the CADRI Partnership Communications and Marketing strategy, the CADRI Partnership Secretariat seeks to recruit an intern to join the CADRI Secretariat team to support the implementation of the CADRI Communication Strategy with a special focus on the design and layout of CADRI communications and knowledge products such as:

  • CADRI 2024 Annual report
  • Capacity diagnosis reports and Policy Maker Digests
  • The CADRI Partnership website content
  • CADRI Partnership Quarterly Bulletin (on-line newsletter)
  • CADRI monthly updates
  • Social media
  • CADRI event flyers
  • Videos

Duties and Responsibilities

The CADRI Partnership through UNDP is recruiting an intern to join the team to develop, design, and layout its communications and knowledge products.

The intern will be part of the CADRI Secretariat team in Geneva. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the CADRI Communication team and overall guidance of the CADRI Coordinator and in collaboration with CADRI partners including FAO, IOM, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP and WHO communication experts.  

The intern will perform the following duties:

  • Design communications products (incl. quarterly bulletins, monthly country engagement updates, country blog stories), consistently applying CADRI’s branding guidelines;
  • Design and layout of the CADRI capacity diagnosis reports and policy makers digest;
  • Develop communications products and promotional content for global events;
  • Assist in the implementation of a marketing strategy to socialize the CADRI digital tool for capacity diagnosis by designing promotional materials (video, brochure, info graphics);
  • Design and develop engaging content for the CADRI website and social media;
  • Edit videos for social media and the website (including interviews with partner agencies and governments, country work, etc.);
  • Support in the design and development of high-level presentations for the CADRI partners and for governments and financing partners;
  • Update and maintain the CADRI Drupal Website.
  • Develop partner stories and blogs for completed missions.
  • Assist with any other communications tasks as required.


  • Great attention to detail and proven experience in proof reading.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Initiative taking and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work well in a team and effective communication skills with staff at all levels.
  • Client orientation.
  • Demonstration of cultural sensitivity and appreciation for different cultures and practices.

Required Skills and Experience


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

(a) Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

(c) 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;

(d) Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

The applicant should be enrolled in a programme, as stated in requirements a) b), c) or d), in Communication, Public Relations, Events, Graphic Design or related field.

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Proficient use of Adobe InDesign are essential requirements. Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects are desirable. The applicants should be able to provide evidential proof of possessing these skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office.
  • Sound computer skills and experience using web-based applications, social media, and content management systems.


  • Proficiency in English is required;
  • Good working knowledge of French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic is an asset.

Application Procedure:

  • The application should contain a) brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post; and (b) current and complete CV in English.

Conditions of the Internship:

  • As of 1 January 2020, Interns may be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation, or scholarship programme;
  • Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship;
  • The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of the following documents upon selection:

  • Copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date;
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • Copy of his/her school transcript;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Completed UNDP internship application form;
  • Signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Proof of medical insurance.

Application process:

  • In your application, please (i) state in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship, and (ii) indicate your preferred start and end date, as well as your availability timeframe between December 2023 and June 2024;
  • Submit your CV/Resume.

Please combine the above into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload one document.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.