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UNV Communications Assistant Internship Programme 2017, Ukraine


February 14, 2017

Opportunity Cover Image - UNV Communications Assistant Internship Programme 2017, Ukraine

Intern, UNV Communications Assistant

The UNDP internship programme offers an outstanding final year undergraduate, graduate-level students and recent graduates from diverse academic backgrounds the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to the development issues and a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of UNDP. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various professional aspects. Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.

UN Volunteers (UNV) is a global UN programme implemented through UNDP offices worldwide. Every year UNV provides a channel for about seven thousands of skilled professionals from 160 different countries to engage as UN Volunteers in some 140 developing countries. In Ukraine UNV deploys national and international volunteers for assignments in UNHCR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, WFP and other UN agencies. Besides, UNV contributes to volunteerism advocacy, creating enabling environment for volunteerism (improving legislation, enhancing national capacities etc.), integrating of volunteer component into peace and development activities.

Objective of the internship: Intern assignment is an opportunity to learn through experience and develop relevant professional and soft skills. It will provide young specialist with a way to meaningfully contribute to peace and sustainable human development results.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the UNV Programme Assistant, the Intern provides the support in carrying out the communication related activities of the UNV field unit in Ukraine ensuring high quality of work and timely service delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

Intern provides effective support to the UNV field unit in Ukraine and performs the following functions:

  • Updates UNV web site, Facebook page and posts via UNV account in twitter;
  • Supports planning and organizing UNV-led communication and outreach activities, including special events, communication campaigns and others;
  • Drafts background information for UNV field unit when needed;
  • Contributes to the development and production of communications products including publications, promo materials etc.;
  • Drafts information notes and features for local distribution based on material received from UNV Headquarters;
  • Involves and coordinates online volunteers through corporate online tool;
  • Assist in managing the procurement process of communication materials;
  • Provides other administrative support in various tasks.

Impact of Results

Local UNV web site in Ukraine is timely updated and all its activities are covered online including social networks and twitter. Internal communication channel works well and UN volunteers are regularly updated on all UNV events, achievements and developments.

UNV field unit executes its planned daily activities in an accurate and timely manner demonstrating a high quality of its work and increased impact of its results.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UNV in particular.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong academic background in communications, public relations, international development or other related field;
  • Experience in administering web site through content management system is an asset;
  • Experience in writing news, press releases, other communication materials as well as drafting background notes and planning effective communication campaigns;
  • Experience in working with with social media platforms;
  • Experience in producing and working with photo (applying processing software);
  • Proven capacity to collect, process and analyze complex data and information;
  • Basic knowledge or practical experience in search engine optimization would be an asset;
  • Skills in applying Google webmaster tools otr other equivalent online monitoring and analytical tools would be an asset;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with media, diplomatic community and government representatives;
  • Understanding of the UNV mandate and specifics of its activities;
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Experience in working in an international environment;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude, proactivity;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled student of graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Journalism, Public Relations, International Relations or related field; or
  • Enrolled student in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) in the fields mentioned above; or
  • Graduate student within one-year of graduation of any of the above.


  • Computer literate in standard software applications including MS Office.
  • Skills in use of graphic processing software, video content development, web content management systems, online monitoring and analytical tools would be an asset.
  • Experience in administering web sites, social media groups or corporate pages, twitter account and SMM would be highly appreciated.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in Ukrainian and English.

Application Instructions:

  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must therefore carry adequate and regular medical insurance. Medical Certificate of Good Health and Proof of medical insurance for duration of contract must be provided before the internship commences.
  • Click on the "Apply now" button.
  • Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. You can type in or paste your Resume into the last box.
  • Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. On the next page, you will be asked to upload your Resume.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and please ensure that copies of your educational qualifications are available when contacted.
  • This is a locally recruited position and no expatriation benefits will apply.

Successful applicants for internships must submit the following documentation:

  • UNDP Internship Application form;
  • Copy of the most recent CV in English;
  • Letter of motivation;
  • Letter from his/her University confirming current enrollment and graduation date, if applicable, or copy of a Diploma for graduate students;
  • Copy of a school transcript;
  • Endorsement letter or letter of reference from a faculty member;
  • Other documents might be required.

UNDP will use a transparent and competitive screening process, though will only contact those applicants in whom there is further interest. Applications may only be submitted for specific vacancy. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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Publish Date
February 07, 2017


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