Full-time, Non-Paid Internship

Internship – Communications/Social Media

31 March 2017

Istanbul, Turkey

DURATION: 6 months, starting as soon as possible

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates please send a motivational cover letter and CV to the following e-mail address: vacancies.eecaro@unfpa.org before 31 March 2017 at 5:00pm (New York time) under the subject "Internship HR-EECARO"

A. Supervision

The intern reports to the Regional Communications Adviser at the UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECARO), and interacts closely with the wider communications, resource mobilization and partnerships team, and other EECARO colleagues.

B. Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will assist the EECARO communications team as required through the scope of work as described below.

The intern will be responsible for:

Content generation and social media

  • Assist in creating simple but effective photo quotes and infographics for social media.
  • Assist in locating social media focused content from UNFPA country offices, UN agencies and other partners’ postings.
  • Assist in ensuring that the UNFPA website and social media are regularly updated with timely and relevant information. This includes helping adapt and repackage reports, news stories and other content for social media use.
  • Assist in creating social media strategies/packages for different projects.

Organizing communications and advocacy materials

  • Assist in collecting, organising, selecting and making use of powerful images and film/video for online feature stories and via social media.
  • Assist in archiving such material for long-term use and reference purposes via EECARO’s growing multimedia library.

General tasks

  • Support UNFPA to prepare materials and content, and assist with logistics, for major activities, launches, conferences and media outreach.
  • Help monitor media coverage of UNFPA activities across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including newspaper, broadcast media and web-based media, and liaise with Country Offices’ communications focal points on this front as required.
  • Provide other support and assistance as required.

C. Qualifications and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in or having completed a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Communications, Journalism, or other related fields;
  • Demonstrable experience in social media communications;
  • Prior experience in the social development sector, including non-government organizations, government development agencies, and UN agencies (at global, regional or national level), either via assignments or other internships, is an asset
  • Strong communication skills: excellent listening skills and empathy, ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Spoken proficiency as well as excellent writing skills in English are mandatory;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and Adobe Creative Suite (esp. Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere)
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work under pressure within an international setting;
  • Ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to perform a variety of administrative tasks.
  • Passion, Integrity and Energy!

D. Competencies

  • Values: Integrity, commitment, embracing diversity, embracing change
  • Core Competencies: Achieving results, accountability, developing professional expertise, analytical thinking, working in teams, communicating for impact
  • Required Skillset: Providing logistical support, Managing data, Managing documents, correspondence and reports, Managing information and work flow, Planning, Organizing and multitasking; Generating managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information.

E. Financial Aspects

Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UNFPA. The costs associated with an intern's participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements. In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins.

F. Status of Intern

Interns are not staff members of UNFPA. The intern does not enjoy the privileges and immunities accorded to the United Nations and its officials.

Interns shall:

  • Not represent UNFPA in any official capacity;
  • Provide the substantive unit with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. UNFPA shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to, or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of UNFPA, the concerned intern shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to UNFPA in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law;
  • Respect the impartiality and independence required of UNFPA and the United Nations and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship from any Government or from any authority external to the United Nations;
  • Interns may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with UNFPA that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with UNFPA;
  • Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNFPA or the United Nations and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations.
  • No remuneration or financial support from UNFPA.

Liability and third-party claims:

  • UNFPA is not responsible for any illness, injury, accident or death incurred during or in connection with the internship, or any costs associated with such events.
  • UNFPA is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the intern during the internship.

Passports, visas, travel during the internship:

  • The intern is responsible for obtaining a passport and all necessary visas. UNFPA will only issue a letter stating acceptance of an individual as an intern and the conditions governing the internship.
  • The intern may not undertake travel on UNFPA official business during the internship period.

Employment Prospects:

  • The UNFPA internship is not connected with employment and does not give rise to any expectancy of future employment.
  • Interns with UNFPA shall not be eligible for recruitment as a staff member within a 3 month period following the conclusion of their internship.


  • The internship is normally performed on a full-time basis; the intern is expected to work during normal working hours[1].
  • The intern shall provide written notice in case of illness or other unavoidable circumstances which might prevent him/her from fulfilling his/her obligations.

[1] Note: flexible working hours can be requested to attend classes and complete educational assignments during the Internship.