Internship opportunity: SDG Engagement and Outreach

Join our dynamic team in Bonn, Germany! We’re looking for interns to support SDG engagement and outreach.

Intern, SDG Engagement and Outreach

Location : Bonn, GERMANY
Application Deadline : 15-May-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 5d 17h 43m
Additional Category : Management
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract : 3-6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 3-6 months
In September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by UN Member States. Central to the Agenda is the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which define a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity to be undertaken by all countries until the year 2030.

As the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, after the adoption of new Agenda, the formerly UNMC (United Nations Millennium Campaign) was extended as a special initiative of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon mandated to support peoples’ participation in SDG implementation. The now called UN SDG Action Campaign works to build new multi-stakeholder partnerships to ensure a transparent dialogue between decision makers and their constituencies, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable populations. It works to leverage cutting-edge communication technologies, to show the human story behind development challenges and create deeper empathy and understanding between decision-makers and their people. Finally, it uses data, technology and innovation to empower people with the knowledge and tools to become actively involved in supporting their governments with SDG implementation and to continue to involve as many people as possible in the decision-making process.

Responding to requests from Member States for coordinated support from the UN development system in implementing the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), under its Sustainable Development Working Group, elaborated a common approach for effective and coherent implementation support, under the acronym ‘MAPS” (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support). As part of MAPS, the UN SDG Action Campaign has started last year to develop its own strategy for popularizing the goals, including the setup of a Global Campaign Center in Bonn (Germany) to act as a hub to inspire people’s action on the SDGs, connect and amplify stakeholder efforts, open up measures of accountability, aggregate citizen-generated data, showcase impact, share best practices, and incubate and test out innovative efforts around SDG implementation.

As a part of centralizing the services and providing global support to partners the UN SDG Action Campaign is aiming to streamline online platforms, strengthen communications activities and the delivery of campaign toolkits to facilitate large scale advocacy and citizen dialogue efforts around the world.

The UN SDG Action campaign is seeking to engage 2-3 interns to assist with SDG campaign outreach and engagement activities. The interns will support the preparation and delivery of tools and services to partners and UN country teams, in the areas of communications, project coordination, and development of online platforms. The interns will be based in Bonn, Germany.

Duties and Responsibilities
The specific activities assigned to each intern will be aligned with their skills and background in the areas of communications, project coordination, data visualization/management and online engagement. The duties and responsibilities will include:

1. Product and Services Development

  • Support the expansion of the UN SDG Action Campaign toolkits, including drafting updates and coordinating translations, testing and roll out of tools including for: My World 2030, World We Want, Virtual Reality, People’s Voices Challenges, and more.

2. Partnership Mobilization and Support

  • Provide ongoing support and follow-up to coordinate campaign and outreach services with UN SDG Action Campaign partners
  • Engage with UN SDG Action Campaign partners to understand national/local campaign priorities and opportunities and to promote and provide support for campaign tools and services.

3. Communications, Media relations and outreach

  • Support the development of coordinated media outreach efforts to increase the awareness of the UN SDG Action Campaign activities
  • Support the on-going outreach activities through drafting messages, creating visuals and editing videos to promote and support UN SDG Action Campaign tools and services

4. Event Support

  • Represent UN SDG Action Campaign, as appropriate, in key campaign moments and sustainable development events, including at booths and exhibitions
  • Provide logistical support to events (as needed)

5. Knowledge Management

  • Support the development of a knowledge sharing platform to offer examples of campaign plans, resources and toolkits to support the outreach and mobilization efforts of UN country team networks and other partners and to ensure synergies across countries and inform the ongoing processes to improve the products and services of the UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Support the capture of good practices in global goals campaigns through research, writing and editing of partner case stories
  • General office support including note-taking, management of routine correspondence meeting scheduling and organization and other general duties.
  • Strong writing and clear communications skills
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to work independently on projects
  • Social media, graphic design and/or data visualization skills are an asset
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Current enrollment in Master’s degree (Master’s or equivalent) or final year of undergraduate degree in international relations, sustainable development, social sciences, communications or related disciplines. Recent Master’s graduates can also be considered.
Experience: Academic or professional experience in areas relevant to the SDGs

Experience in partner/customer relations, marketing, communications, or data visualizations

Excellent research and analytical skills required.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English, both written and oral.

Fluency in other languages is an asset.

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.