Communications and Research Intern, Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform

Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :07-Apr-19 (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

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 Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP or the Platform) is a global initiative that connects philanthropy with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact, driving SDG delivery within national development planning. We are a global facilitator that helps partners optimize their resources by enabling effective collaboration with the broader development ecosystem in countries. The Platform is a collaboration between philanthropy and the greater international development community, led by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, UN Foundation, and many others.

The Platform currently runs pilot projects in Kenya, Colombia, Ghana, Zambia, India, Indonesia, Brazil and the United States.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the SDGPP Programme Officer, Communications and Research Intern will support the Platform’s communication and research activities in pilot countries and on the global level.

For more information about the project, please visit the website:

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Programme Officer, intern is expected to:


  • Assist in implementing social media plan to accelerate recognition of Platform globally;
  • Manage the database of over 2,000 organizations and companies on Salesforce, in order to keep track of communications in the global philanthropy network;
  • Help developing concrete outreach strategies of SDGPP;

Writing & Editing:

  • Draft and edit a range of materials, including blog posts, brochures, presentations developed by global team and pilot country coordinators, and supporting documents for procurement and events;
  • Take notes for routine team meetings as well as team calls with country offices;


  • Collect stories from the county offices, edit and or write stories, identify relevant stories from other resources within UNDP, formatting and sending it out to partners as inputs to the Platform’s newsletter;
  • Support the organization of webinars;


Compile necessary background information on selected topics.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Commitment to UNDP's mission, vision and values.
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English required;
  • Good interpersonal skills: being able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of players, being able to work independently, being pro-active and taking initiatives but also able to identify threats in social media use.

Required Skills and Experience


The applicants should meet one of the below Academic Qualification / Education criteria:     

a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in international development or other related field;

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in international development or other related field;

(c) Have graduated with a university degree in international development or other related field (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation. 

Language skills:

  • Excellent spoken and written English is required.

Application procedure:

The application should contain:

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

Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Financial Issues:

Internships within the UN system are unpaid and subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with prior to signing his/her internship agreement.

The costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.

Selected candidates must submit following documents:

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


  • UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents, illness or death during the internship;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance;
  • The purpose of the internship 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.

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