Research and Communication Intern– Connecting Business Initiative
Istanbul (Turkey)


The World Humanitarian Summit was organized in May 2016 to address the scale of human suffering greater than at any time since the Second World War. The Summit generated more than 3,000 commitments to action and launched more than a dozen new partnerships and initiatives to turn the Agenda for Humanity into meaningful change for the world's most vulnerable people.

Leading up to the Summit, consultations with more than 900 companies called for more strategic private sector engagement across disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. They also called for networks and a mechanism to be created to facilitate coordinated private sector engagement. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a number of partners launched the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) as a response to this demand. CBi is a multi-stakeholder initiative that provides a mechanism for the private sector to engage with the United Nations system, national governments and civil society in a coordinated manner across all stages of disaster management.

CBi is supported by OCHA’s Emergency Response Section in Geneva and UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD). These units collaborate with multiple other global units, as well as regional and country offices of OCHA and UNDP, as well as with many other private sector organizations, UN Agencies, NGOs and governments.

The Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) Intern will be based in Istanbul, Turkey, and will report to the CBi Programme Coordinator (based in Geneva) and the Global Programme Advisor-Private Sector in Istanbul.

Read more about CBi at, follow CBi Twitter @Connecting_biz and learn more through CBi YouTube videos.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties that the intern will be expected to carry out are to:

  • Provide research, writing and editing support on issues related to private sector engagement in disaster management at global and national level
  • Provide support in the management of the CBi website management and the development of relevant website pages and content;
  • Prepare relevant communications materials (speeches, talking points, brochures, success stories, social media materials etc.);
  • Assist in the organization of conferences, forums, webinars or other collaborative events
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of initiatives, projects or programmes;
  • Collaborate on the development and execution of online content (images, infographics, videos, blogs etc.) and campaigns delivered across various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
  • Provide database management and administrative support on an as-needed basis;
  • Other relevant tasks as deemed necessary by the supervisor.


Technical/Functional Competencies

  • Excellent writing skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude and strong communication skills;
  • Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision and collaborate with a wide range of colleagues while meeting deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: being able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of players, being able to work independently, being pro-active and taking initiative;
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Personal Competencies:

  • Commitment to UNDP's mission, vision and values;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: a) be enrolled in a second university degree programme (Master Degree); b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (Bachelor Degree); or c) have graduated with a university degree in fields such as business, development, civil or environmental engineering or similar and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Solid experience in academic writing, research and analysis;
  • Website, social media account management and content development skills are desirable.
  • Experience on the role of private sector in disaster management is an asset;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UNDP in particular, and have a personal commitment to UNDP's Statement of Purpose and to the ideals of the UN Charter;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs;
  • Previous experience on project designing and implementation is an asset;


  • Strong spoken and written English is required;
  • Knowledge of another UN language 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.

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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About the Job
Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Grade: Intern, Intern
Employment Type: Internship
Occupation: Research and data science, Communication and Advocacy, General Support, Innovation and Knowledge Management
Location: Istanbul (Turkey)
Closing Date: 25 Oct 2019
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