Intern – Digital Communications, Media, and Knowledge Management

  • Nairobi
  • Applications have closed


Vacancy Description


UNDP is the United Nations’ global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships, and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

In 2019, UNDP launched the global network of Accelerator Labs. The Accelerator Labs were created to re-imagine development for the 21st century by working together with national and global partners, people, civil society, and business to find radically new approaches that fit the complexity of current development needs. The goal of these Labs is to strengthen country-level development ecosystems to leverage and combine global, cutting-edge thinking in development to build on and invest in local solutions and partners, thereby accelerating SDG implementation at the country level. Currently, there are 91 Accelerator labs are set up globally supporting 115 countries. The Accelerator Lab for Kenya is focused on placing youth at the center of development as key drivers in the solutions creation process.

The Accelerator Lab for Kenya is seeking an intern who is interested in gaining experience through working with a dynamic team and providing support to digital media, communication, and knowledge management in the Lab’s ongoing work.


Under the overall guidance of the Head of Experimentation and working closely with the Accelerator Lab and Communications team, the intern is expected to undertake the following tasks:

• Support the implementation of the Accelerator Lab Digital Strategy by helping in curating, producing, and presenting stories, images and videos on Lab-related activities and other relevant development stories.

• Draft, review and edit Accelerator Lab media content, including but not limited to, blogs, articles, social media assets (posters, GIFS, captions) etc

• Support development and dissemination of project newsletter

• Support documentation of field activities through photography and/or videography

• Document lessons learnt and produce relevant knowledge products for dissemination

• Manage a communication calendar for the project

• Conduct media monitoring activities to track and assess Accelerator Lab’s media visibility and presence

• Participate in capacity building activities

• Provide support to project management and assist with other related tasks as needed


• Effective support for management of communication platforms including website and social media channels.

• Effective support in organising and undertaking media communications’ capacity building and liaison activities

• Effective support in development and dissemination of knowledge management products

• Effective support in enhancing media visibility and profile of Accelerator Lab for Kenya

Corporate Competencies:

• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

• Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies:

• Experience in digital media and communications is required

• Experience creating digital content and/or managing different media platforms

• Experience with photo and video editing desirable

• Familiar with sustainable development desirable

• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

• Proficiency in desktop publishing software (Photoshop/ Adobe Illustrator) is a plus

• Excellent critical reasoning, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills.

• Proficiency in English and Kiswahili – written and spoken is required

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

• Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.

• Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.

• Remains calm, in control and good-humoured even under pressure.

• Flexible and adaptable to dynamic work environments

• High degree of self-motivation and initiative.

• Willingness to learn and apply new analytical approaches.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

1. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree or diploma programme.

2. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme.

3. Have graduated with a university degree or diploma and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

In addition: 

• The university must be accredited.

• The applicant must be specializing in Media and/or Communications and/or Journalism and/or Knowledge management.

Availability: Immediate

Duration: Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. However, duration is from six weeks to six months.


• Interns are considered gratis personnel. They are not staff members.

• Interns may not be sought or accepted as substitutes for staff to be recruited against authorized posts.

• Interns may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Third-party claims:

UNDP 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 interns during their internship.

Interns’ Expenses:

• Intern will be paid a monthly stipend of approximately Kenya shillings 18,476 per month as a contribution towards basic subsistence costs.

• UNDP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas, and related costs.


UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, they should not travel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNDP.

Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance for the duty station for which they will work. It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which:

• Requires transportation to the Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; or

• Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Home Country, or Country of Residence


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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Intern – Digital Communications, Media, and Knowledge Management INTERN July 17, 2021 2021-07-23 Nairobi Nairobi County KE 18,476 KES