UNDP Is Recruiting: Communications Intern – Pretoria, South Africa


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Communications Analyst and the overall guidance of the Resident Representative of UNDP, the intern will undertake the following tasks:

assist with profiling UNDP programmes and projects;
assist with the production of UNDP communication products including newsletters, bulletins, pamphlets, and other visibility and knowledge products.
assist with producing issues-based print stories for the website that communicate UNDP’s results in South Africa;
assist with designing/managing the UNDP digital communications strategy and updating UNDP website content and r social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) with information about project activities and events;
assist with maintaining updated media and partners contact lists;
assist in creating a knowledge repository of communication-related aspects for the organization;
assist in partnership building and resource mobilization processes.
assist in with event planning, as well as providing communications support such as photography/videography, developing social media toolkits, and communications plans;
assist in communications-related administrative processes such as procurement of external services, software, and other relevant admin-centred functions;
and performs any other duties as required.
Furthermore, interns are encouraged to:

Increase their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and South Africa’s National Development Plan;
Share their academic knowledge of communications for development with Country Office staff and other UN Agencies in South Africa;
Benefit from briefings and capacity-building activities organized by the national and regional office and other UN Agencies in South Africa to gain insight into the work of the United Nations and UNDP.

Excellent written and spoken English.
Knowledge of other South African languages will be an added advantage.
Good organisational skills;
Good interpersonal skills;
Excellent computer literacy in standard software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
Knowledge of video and digital editing software will be an added advantage
Proficiency in the use of digital and social media platforms;
Good research and analytical skills;
Ability to work independently and as a team member;
Sensitivity to political, cultural and national differences and adaptability to multicultural environments.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
Have graduated with a Degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or related fields.
Experience: Relevant experience in similar positions, public relations, communications, or journalism would be an added advantage.

Applicant information about UNDP vacancy

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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