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Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-20

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The UNDP internship programme offers an outstanding 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.

Objective of the internship: Based in Kyiv, the intern is expected to assist the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) to develop and strengthen the whole range of communications activities, focusing on media and social media campaigns around the launch of public reports, Human Rights Day and other relevant dates.   The intern will obtain an excellent opportunity to deepen his/her knowledge about the UN operations in Ukraine, communications strategy on social and sensitive issues, human rights work in the field and ways to convey complex legal issues in simple messages. 

This internship is located with the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU). In March 2014, at the invitation of the Government of Ukraine and in response to developments in the country, the UN Secretary-General deployed a human rights monitoring team.  HRMMU monitors, reports and advocates on the human rights situation in Ukraine with a special focus on the east and Crimea, and the issue of accountability. As the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine escalated, the HRMMU has additionally engaged in protection, advocacy and capacity building throughout the country, including in areas directly affected by the conflict. HRMMU has offices in Kyiv, Donetsk, Mariupol, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Luhansk and Odesa. Human rights monitoring for Crimea is done by the teams based in Kyiv and Odesa.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Communications Officer, the intern’s duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assist in developing a content calendar for HRMMU official account on Facebook;
  • Prepare and edit (using photo- and video-editing software) multimedia materials relating to the human rights situation in Ukraine, and aimed at raising awareness about HRMMU activities, both in Kyiv and in the field offices;
  • Conducting media and social media monitoring; preparing overview of HRMMU media coverage; collect the best examples of human rights promotion in media and social media;
  • Cooperate with HRMMU filed presences to collect photos and feature stories; 
  • Assist in drafting, editing and/or translation of articles, feature stories, captions for photo galleries and other types of materials about HRMMU activities or relevant human rights issues; 
  • Maintain database of contacts (including media, external counterparts, donors, government and NGO partners);  
  • Maintain up-to-date photo bank of pictures from HRMMU field activities, meetings, seminars, and other events; 
  • Assist with maintaining stock of HRMMU visibility materials;
  • Other tasks as required.

The key results will have an impact on the implementation of HRMMU communication strategy, its visibility; frequency and quality of posts in social media; media interest in HRMMU work; number of publications and interviews in regional, national and international media.


Corporate Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

  • COMMUNICATION. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Experience in drafting and writing texts in English/Russian/Ukrainian;
  • TEAMWORK. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION. Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors on-going developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client;
  • Understanding of UN/UNDP mandates and specifics of activities; 
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude, pro-activity; 
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Diplomatic skills.

Required Skills and Experience


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


  • Intermediate photography and/or filming skills;
  • Additional technical skills are desirable, including proficiency in Adobe Photoshop or photo-editing software and movie-editing software such as Adobe Premier;
  • No professional work experience is required for participation in the Internship Programme.  

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English, Ukrainian and Russian is required for the internship;
  • Translation skills are an asset. Proven interest in human rights issues is an asset.


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.

Application Procedure

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.

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.
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