Capacity Development Internship Communication

United Nations Development Programme

Bonn, Germany

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Human Resources Section supports UNV in achieving its mandate, business plan and staff performance objectives by partnering with senior and line management to meet UNV’s strategic HR requirements, and by designing/implementing services and initiatives to attract, develop, motivate, and retain staff and personnel with the best talents to match UNV’s needs. The Human Resources Section operates within the framework of UNDP’s human resources policies and systems.

The Capacity Development team, as part of the Human Resources Section (HRS), leads the design and delivery of all learning activities for UN Volunteers serving with UN agencies globally.

UNV provides serving UN Volunteers and staff with access to learning programmes and services which include but are not limited to learning platforms (UNV eCampus), onboarding portal, UN mandatory courses (online) and UNV e-courses, LinkedIn Learning, Rosetta Stone, Coursera, UNITAR online courses and individual coaching.

Workshops and onsite learning programmes on the ground are regularly offered to specific target audiences at the local and regional levels. Depending on business priorities learning programmes focused on strategic initiatives are delivered as well.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Learning Analyst and Team Lead CDT, the incumbent is expected to contribute to:

Communication Strategy Implementation:

  • Collaborate with the capacity development team to execute comprehensive communication strategies that enhance the visibility and effectiveness of UN Volunteer learning activities.
  • Identify and assess key communication objectives, target audiences, and a wide range of communication methods and channels to ensure the successful promotion of UNV learning programs.

Content Development for Communication:

  • Create and maintain a range of engaging communication materials, including graphics and presentations that effectively convey the essence and benefits of UNV learning programs.
  • Regularly update and refresh content on UNV learning opportunities, ensuring accuracy and relevance in line with the existing communication on eCampus and other channels.

Outreach and Information Dissemination:

  • Organize outreach and sourcing initiatives to inform and engage stakeholders about UNV learning opportunities. This includes developing and distributing newsletters, announcements, flyers, learning kits, catalogs, and documentation.
  • Implement a structured approach to disseminate information, ensuring that potential participants are well-informed and motivated to engage in UNV's capacity development offerings.

Campus Information Maintenance:

  • Collaborate to maintain the information on UNV eCampus up-to-date.

Analytics and Reporting:

  • Implement tracking mechanisms to monitor the impact and reach of communication efforts, utilizing key performance indicators to assess the success of various campaigns and initiatives.
  • Prepare regular reports on the effectiveness of communication strategies and make data-driven recommendations for improvements.

Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Work closely with the Capacity Development Team, subject matter experts, and other relevant sections within UNV to ensure alignment and coherence in communication approaches.
  • Engage with stakeholders, partners, and the UNV volunteer community to gather feedback and input, fostering a collaborative and inclusive approach to communication.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Alignment of the activities in these TOR with your course of study.
  • If not (or in addition to), experience in one or more of the following:
  •  Creating and disseminating communication materials, managing social media accounts, or supporting communication campaigns.
  • Any experience with graphic design and multimedia content creation, using design software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Illustrator, or InDesign to produce visual communication materials.
  • Organizing events, workshops, or webinars. This could include responsibilities such as logistics planning, participant communication, capturing success learning stories, or technical support during virtual events.
  • Writing for various platforms, such as blogs, newsletters, or articles, and in tailoring written content for different audiences and purposes.
  • Engaging with audiences, creating content calendars, and monitoring social media analytics.
  • Learning opportunities for the intern
  • General understanding of the work and mission of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and of the contribution of volunteerism to peace and development.
  • Learn about communication strategies, learning management and people’s capacity development in a UN organization.
  • Contribute to the management and delivery of global learning initiatives for United Nations Volunteers.
  • Experience working in an international organization and in a multicultural environment.


Desired: Degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, International Relations, International Development, or another related field.

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

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  • 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;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.


  • Proficiency in English, with the ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken forms, is required.
  • Knowledge of one/more of the other five official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is very desirable.