Translation and Communication Intern

United Nations Development Programme, Beijing, China

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th May, 2021

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China is the China country office of United Nations Development Programme – the global development network of the United Nations. UNDP China has an extensive history in working in the area of poverty reduction and human development and it also increasingly engages in South-South cooperation projects.

The Communications, Innovation and Partnerships team of UNDP China promotes greater understanding and visibility of UNDP’s work by utilizing various communications tools. Fully engaging with the media, social media and leveraging on a strong network of Public-Private Partnerships, the team leads the design, management, and implementation of UNDP’s overall communications strategy, including design and roll out high-impact, multimedia campaigns; programme-oriented communications products; media relations and key events; localization of global content for Chinese audiences; and publications on critical development issues. On the innovation front, the team is facilitating and prototyping innovative solutions and experiment with new ways of working to tackle complex development challenges outside the traditional development cycle.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern, under the guidance and supervision of Communication and Innovation Officer of Communications, Innovation and Partnerships team of UNDP China, will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

Translation and Interpreting (both E to C and C to E)

  • Translates various communications materials, including the translation of Op-ed, press release, speech, and other media/social media related articles;
  • Translates various project related documents such as ProDoc, annual work plan, concept note, event programme, etc.;
  • Translates reports and other internal and external publications;
  • Provides interpreting service to high-level visits and events as requested by the office;

Communications (both in English and Chinese)

  • Monitors media exposure, drafts media summaries and conduct basic analysis;
  • Drafts social media (Weibo, WeChat and/or other platforms) articles and posts;
  • Assists in the preparation of communications and public-private partnerships outreach materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, brochures, etc.);
  • Assists in conducting research, compiling background materials, statistical data and briefing notes for advocacy/outreach activities and media events;
  • Assists in on-site event support (i.e. press conference, video shooting, etc.).

Other Ad Hoc Task Forces Requested by the Supervisor.

Required Skills and Experience


  • In the final year of a Bachelor’s programme or;
  • Be enrolled in a master’s or in a Ph.D. programme or;
  • Within one year after graduation from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. programme or;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of the programme;
  • Major in English (translation), international relations, communications, journalism, or other relevant fields. Having overseas study experience will be an asset.
  • Having extra skills that can be applied to online/offline communications (i.e. video editing, photo editing, etc.) will be an asset.

Language and Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Good English-Chinese bi-directional translation and/or interpretation skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software package (MS Excel, Word, etc.).


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