Call for Youth Advocates/Interns: UNDP My World Campaign

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Location: New York, USA
Type of Contract: Internship
Post Level: Intern
Languages Required: Arabic English French Russian Spanish Chinese Portuguese
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 22-Mar-2013
Expected Duration of Assignment : 5 months

Applications are now being accepted from youth advocates for the My World Campaign. MY World, a global options survey, has been designed and developed by the UN to ask citizens what would make the most difference to their lives and that of their families. It will be disseminated through different channels to ensure both scale (to create political and media traction) and representativeness (for credibility of the results).

The outcome of the Phase I will be to present regular analyses of the results to the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to inform their work. It is envisaged that MY World will continue to 2015 and help to develop an engaged constituency to strengthen accountability for the next development agenda.

The UN Millennium Campaign is therefore creating a multilingual team of interns who, as youth advocates, will provide support on the My World campaign. Building on the expertise of the UNMC and as part of the Youth advocate team, the intern selected is expected to develop an outreach strategy to Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to raise awareness of the platform and provide guidance to peer partners to promote its use, allowing as many users as possible contributing to express their top priorities for My World [ ] and the World We Want [ ].


  • Applicants should have a background in CSO outreach, student mobilization and/or social media engagment.
  • The candidate is expected to be active on social media and motivated in providing substantive support to the campaign.
  • The candidate is expected to have an excellent knowledge of English and be fluent in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish and French. Any other language will be consider as an asset.
  • At least a total of 25 hours per week of work is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Youth advocate will be the focal point of a region:

  • Spreading awareness regarding the Initiative My world among the CSOs pertaining to his/her area of intervention, with special emphasis in those representing excluded/marginalize groups
  • Generating interest and wider engagement in the post-2015 debate
  • Increasing the number of SCO registered in My world and provide follow up and back up support to the existing ones
  • Achieving a realistic target number of votes on and the smartphone application, as well as engaging on
  • Bringing activists, bloggers and tweeters together around post 2015 choices, web platforms, and social media accounts
  • Facilitating the use of the Communication toolkit among the My World partner network
  • Drafting story of successful SCO campaigns in the field for media purposes
  • Providing administrative and other programmatic support.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Education: Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as social science. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.
  • Have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree, if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages;
  • Experience in CSO and media outreach;
  • Understanding of political issues in the region of intervention
  • MS Office skills; Generally excellent computer skills;
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), good knowledge and experience in handling of web based information management systems and web design is an additional asset.
  • High degree of organization and initiative;
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently


  • Excellent knowledge of English;
  • Fluent in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Chinese.
  • Any other language is an asset.
  • Important information:

UNDP may accept interns provided the following conditions are met:

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.


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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