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UNDP Communication Interns

Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-15

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the biggest UN agency in Turkmenistan. With the annual budget of USD 10 million and growing, we work in the spheres of a) resilience, climate change and energy; b) democratic governance, economic diversification and inclusive growth; c) access to health services and quality of statistics for the implementation of the global development agenda. In 2019, UNDP runs 20 projects co-chaired by the Government of Turkmenistan and funded by international development partners, private funds and the Government of Turkmenistan.

UNDP prioritizes communications to promote the mandate of the agency and disseminate the information about the work in the country. To assist and strengthen the work of the UNDP Communications, UNDP is advertising an opportunity for internship in the area of communications.

The Communication Interns will be competitively selected for the specific needs of the UNDP.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the concerned Communication specialist, the Communication Interns will provide support to ensure specific Communications/Advocacy related activities are implemented.

  • Overall support for the planned communication activities;
  • UNDP visibility and media materials (print, video and digital): research innovative and interesting content, design and format; support in developing the content and design; help in informal/quick pretesting of the materials among young people as appropriate;
  • Social media: research interesting and additional content from other countries and partners, support in producing new content for social media accounts, monitor for the new content/feedback; drafting messages; actively expanding the network of followers;
  • Assist in updating the website; research and suggest new and interesting content, draft content;
  • Communication meetings, events and campaigns: help with preparatory work, including organizational matters, help to document respective activities; logistical support to the organization of visibility/outreach and knowledge-sharing events;
  • Monitoring and evaluation: assist with data input, research and reporting on the ongoing UNDP programme progress;
  • UNDP digital library: support in regular maintenance and suggest innovative library management solutions; update and maintenance of the photo/video archive;
  • Translating UNDP-related materials (English, Russian, Turkmen);
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Communication:- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English, Russian and Turkmen;- 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 the audience;- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;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;Technological Awareness:

-Understands social media;

-Skilled in one of the graphic design/video editing software;- Keeps abreast of available technology;- Understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office;- Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology;

Required Skills and Experience

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Turkmenistan Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:• Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

(a) be enrolled in the third, fourth or final academic year of a university degree programme or in a graduate school programme; or

 (b) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) two years period of graduation;

• Be computer literate in standard software applications and preferably skilled in one of the graphic design/video editing software;

• Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Please note: Candidates should submit the following documents:

  • CV;
  • Letter of motivation;
  • Letter from the candidate’s university confirming current enrolment and graduation date, if applicable;
  • Copy of the candidate’s school transcript;
  • Endorsement letter or letter of reference from a faculty member;

On completion of their internship, interns are required to complete a substantive report on their assignments. This will be included in their file and will be forwarded, upon request, to the sponsoring institution, government body or private organization.

There should be no expectation of employment by the United Nations Development Programme in Turkmenistan upon completion of the internship. Internship is not paid.


Interns must keep confidential and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit written authorization of the relevant supervisors.

Interns are bound by the same duties and obligations as staff members, and the information to which an intern has access in the course of the internship must not be divulged to external parties.

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.
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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