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  • Posted: Jan 18, 2023
    Deadline: Jan 24, 2023
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training, and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis...
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    Communications Internship

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The intern would be an integral member of the Communications team under BES-Net under the supervision of the Policy Specialist and working in very close coordination with the Online Platforms Support Officer and the Communications and Knowledge Management Officer/focal point. The main responsibility of the intern will be to support the communications team in their day-to-day activities as well as co-lead strategic outreach and advocacy opportunities through the following tasks:

    Assist with the management of the BES-Net website:

    • Assist in uploading publications, documents, photos/videos, events, jobs etc. to the website;
    • Liaise with team members, country teams and UNESCO and UNEP-WCMC in reviewing and updating latest content from country teams on the website;
    • Assist with website improvements as required (e.g. adding metadescriptions, improving SEO, cleaning the back end, etc.);
    • Periodically check and test website functionalities and provide inputs in terms of user experience for further improvements.

    Provide editorial support:

    • Conduct research and draft articles on given thematic areas and cross-cutting areas in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services;
    • Contribute to developing web stories and other communication products based on the progress of the activities in the BES-Net target countries;
    • Support the development of the partner/expert of the month articles in coordination with respective BES-Net partner organizations and experts;
    • Assist in the production of the monthly e-newsletter;
    • Support the production of new knowledge products, including infographics, multimedia materials, MOOCs and e-learning material and publications on best practices;
    • Support in drafting video scripts, assist in video editing for social media videos on key biodiversity themes;
    • Research peer-reviewed scientific articles, grey literature, reports on best practices and experience learnt, as well as events, job opportunities and e-learning courses on given thematic areas and cross-cutting areas in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services;
    • Translate articles and social media posts from English to French or Spanish.

    Assist with other tasks as needed:

    • Support the planning and organization of events, virtual workshops, meetings and webinars, including the documentation of events;
    • Attend meetings when required and taking meeting minutes;
    • Undertake research, data collection and analysis on the key BES themes, as required;
    • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed. 


    • Intellectual curiosity and desire to learn about biodiversity and ecosystem services;
    • Excellent research and organizational skills, with the ability to multitask;
    • Ability to understand and summarize scientific information with accuracy;
    • Detail-oriented and basic design skills;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
    • Ability to work both independently and in a team;
    • Desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
    • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.

    Required Skills and Experience


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

    • Be 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) in a degree programme in relevant discipline and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


    • Experience in communication-related activities;
    • Familiarity with social media platforms, digital media channels and website content management is an asset;
    • Knowledge and experience of online networking and/or collaboration tools is an asset;
    • Experience in biodiversity, conservation, ecosystems or environment-related areas is an asset;
    • Previous related work experience in a national or an international entity would be an asset.

    Language skills:

    • Proficiency in written and spoken English required;
    • Proficiency in written and spoken French or Spanish required;
    • Fluency and/or knowledge in an additional UN language is an asset.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on to apply

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