Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline : 14-Feb-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract : 3 to 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 3 to 6 months
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa supports countries to eradicate poverty, and reduce inequalities and exclusion through implementation of UNDP’s Strategic Plan, and in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Trusted and results-oriented partnerships are at the centre of UNDP’s work, coordinated by the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA). Compelling, well-targeted communications and advocacy can boost results in reporting, transparency and resource mobilisation efforts. Communications can, likewise, play a crucial role in advancing the global development agenda in Africa, including as a conduit of information and knowledge on impact, good practice, innovation and emerging issues. Our audiences include Member States, funding and development partners, the UN system, the media, the general public etc.

As an essential part of the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, and working closely with the Communications Group in BERA and the UNDP Representation Offices in Copenhagen, Brussels, Geneva, Tokyo and Washington DC, the Communications team provides a strategic, substantive and coherent approach to communications within UNDP Africa – both in external outreach as well as providing mentorship and support to communications officers in the Country Offices in order to advocate and communicate for results and development good practice.

The team at the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa is looking for a competent intern who will support the communications team based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Communications Advisor, the intern shall perform, inter alia, the following tasks:

  • Work with the UNDP Africa Regional Service Centre clusters and teams on writing and disseminating external-oriented content for the UNDP Africa website, social media, newsletters, and other outreach mediums, in line with corporate guidelines.
  • Review and edit success stories, blogs, etc. from Regional Service Centre teams and Country Offices, in line with corporate guidelines, ensuring they demonstrate UNDP’s added value and thought leadership, and are ready for publishing and dissemination.
  • Monitor and improve communication tools (including communications products and online channels) to ensure clear communication of results and UNDP positions on key issues to advance the development agenda.
  • Assist the communications team in the organisation of key events and communication opportunities, such as major regional conferences, discussions and report launches.
  • Participate in meetings and perform other communications/advocacy support tasks as required.
Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Works collaboratively with team members by sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;
  • Positive and results-oriented attitude.

Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent writing and researching skills;
  • Strong analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills;
  • Good organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work flexibly and meet tight deadlines;
  • Attention to detail and proven ability to work independently and effectively;
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English; knowledge of French is an asset;
  • Experience in maintaining social media channels and using communication tools such as MailChimp, Piktochart, Exposure, etc.
Required Skills and Experience

  • Be enrolled in a relevant graduate school programme ( second university degree or equivalent, or higher) or;
  • Be enrolled in a relevant final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree as defined below and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation
  • Field of study related to communications, journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, Development Studies, and/or related fields.


  • UN or UNDP experience or know-how beneficial;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in news, media relations and/or advocacy campaigns, using traditional and social media;
  • Africa experience or know-how is beneficial;
  • Computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Work experience considered as an asset.


  • Proficiency in English and knowledge of French will be an asset;

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.

Candidates selected for interview must submit the following documents prior to the interview:

  • 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.

A written test will be conducted as part of the interview process.

Intern requirements:

  • Applicants should indicate which months they are available part- and/or full time and when they complete their studies;
  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship and interns need to obtain their visa;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • More information available at: http://www.undp.org/internships