Research, Reporting And Communication Internship

United Nations Development Programme

dakar, Senegal

The UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) in 2019, established the UNDP Sub-Regional Hub for West and Central Africa (UNDP WACA) in response to the fragile and rapidly evolving political and socio-economic landscape of the West and Central Africa region.

Situated within the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), UNDP WACA covers 24 countries, ranging from high and middle-income economies to least developed countries and countries in crisis and post-crisis situations.

UNDP WACA possesses strong on-the-ground expertise spread out across 6 key cities - New York, N’Djamena, Ouagadougou, Abuja, Addis Ababa and Dakar - its base. UNDP WACA works closely with other sub-regional hubs and thematic office that include: The Regional Programme for Africa and the Africa Borderlands Centre both based in Addis Ababa, the UNDP Resilience Hub for Africa based in Nairobi and the UNDP Africa Sustainable Finance Hub based in Pretoria.

Since 2019, UNDP has been implementing a two-phase stabilization project in the Lake Chad Basin region for the benefit of the four countries of the region (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria). The first phase ended in 2021 and the second phase, extension of the first covers the period 2022-2024. This initiative implemented through the Dakar Regional Hub responds to the need for stabilization of the region, which is facing a major security and development challenge due to Boko Haram's terrorist attacks. 

The Liptako Gourma region, which has also been plagued by terrorist attacks for more than a decade, also benefits from a similar project, including a stabilization facility after a pilot phase. The region shared by Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger lives to the rhythm of jihadist attacks. The Liptako Gourma Region Stabilization Facility complements development interventions in fragile areas implemented under the Sahel Alliance. 

The overall objective of these projects is to reduce the risk of violence in the target areas in order to enable the implementation of longer-term peacebuilding, recovery and development programmes. These projects aim to stop the spiral of insecurity, forced displacement and conflict and to strengthen social cohesion. They are structured around the following axes:

The promotion of security and justice;
Strengthening Infrastructure for Essential Social Services ;
Creating Livelihood Opportunities ;
Promoting peace and social cohesion ;
Strengthening cross-border cooperation. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Stabilization Specialist and Reporting Analyst: 

  • Design dynamic and engaging digital visuals for websites, social media channels, data visualizations, infographics, dashboards, icons, newsletters, events materials etc.
  • Support the organization of interviews, talks, webinars, written pieces and other content including outreach and coordination with relevant guests.
  • Support social media influencer engagement on content creation for relevant platforms including TikTok.
  • Monitor current events and popular trends and explore opportunities for UNDP RSF engagement.
  • Support the maintenance and update of the editorial calendar.
  • Measure success of social media campaigns.
  • Support the development of announcements, press releases, key messages etc.
  • Support management of UNDP WACA social media platforms including campaign Trello Boards.
  • Attend briefings and conferences (where possible) and work with the communications team to produce media content – transcripts, short videos, stories etc.
  • Explore opportunities for media and donor field trips to project sites to showcase the impact of our work in the region.
  • Support the development of campaign and advocacy activities in collaboration with non-traditional partners and prominent figures.
  • Develop and maintain a database of partners, creatives and influencers, journalists.
  • Keep abreast of new platforms and tools and explore learning opportunities for growth.
  • Offer research, report writing and editing support to the stabilization facility team.
  • Offer administrative support to the stabilization facility whenever needed 
  • Collaborate with the team to maintain a good filing system 
  • Contribute to planning and implementation of projects of the stabilization facility team
  • Contribute to creating interactive and informative contents online, on radio or television and print media.
  • Support in identifying and updating outdated written information on the hub's channels such blogs, reports and newsletters.

Technical Skills and Competencies

  • Experience in essential Adobe Creative Cloud Software - Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier Pro and InDesign.
  • Strong Writing Skills
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills
  • Interest in the SDGs and development issues
  • Proactive, creative and open-minded team player with willingness to learn
  • Excellent collaborative spirit
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment

Internship Learning Opportunities

  • Understanding of UNDP’s work
  • Hands on experience on communications and social media outreach
  • Opportunity to learn how development agendas are translated to results

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 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 (1) and (2) 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.


  • Experience in project and event management
  • Familiarity with the UN system in general  
  • Familiarity with SDGs and Agenda 2030 desirable.


  • Proficiency in English 
  • Knowledge of French would be an asset.