Title:  Communications Intern - Global Quality and Standards Programme

​​Requisition ID: 3502 
Grade: Intern
Category: Internship
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Country: Colombia
Duty Station: Bogota  
Entry Date: As soon as possible
Internship Duration: 3-6 months
Application Deadline: 27-Feb-2024, 11:59 PM (CEST)


Vacancy Announcement


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Divisions/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS), headed by a Managing Director, oversees the Organization's development of capacities for industrial development as well as industrial policy advice, statistics and research activities and the Organization's normative contribution to Member States and global development community in achieving the SDGs. The Directorate also ensures the application of strategies and interventions for sustainable industrial development related to Environment, Energy, SMEs, Competitiveness and Job creation, as well as Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence. Through coordination in-house and with Member States and industry stakeholders, it ensures that the services provided in these areas contribute toward effective and appropriate technical, business and policy solutions and are focused on results and on realizing any potential for scaling up and positioning UNIDO as a leading platform for industrial development in developing countries and global fora. The Directorate houses the technical Divisions of Capacity Development and Industrial Policy Advice (TCS/CAP); Circular Economy and Environmental Protection (TCS/CEP); Decarbonization and Sustainable Energy (TCS/DSE); SMEs, Competitiveness and Job Creation (TCS/SME); and Digital Transformation and AI Strategies (TCS/DAS). The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the Divisions as well as with relevant entities in the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO) and the Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET).


This position is located in the UNIDO Field Office in Bogota, Colombia, within the Competitiveness, Quality and Compliance Unit (TCS/SME/CQC) which builds national and regional production and quality infrastructure systems, with an emphasis on providing internationally recognized services, facilitating SME participation in regional and global value chains; strengthening institutional quality infrastructure capacities (i.e. standardization, metrology, and accreditation); building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); and supporting trade facilitation and quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers, placing a special emphasis on capacitating SMEs.


The duration of an internship at UNIDO is between three to six months, is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member, in the division or office that they are assigned to. Interns shall cover all costs associated with their internship, including visa, travel to and from the duty station, insurance, transportation, accommodation and living expenses.


Project Context

In order to consolidate UNIDO/SECO interventions on trade standards compliance within one tool, adding the benefit of a global component facilitating synergies and enhancing coherence among the interventions, UNIDO and SECO have developed a coherent programmatic approach: the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP). The GQSP supports selected countries to align the demand for and supply of quality services required to prove and verify the quality of products. It will have two components (1) Global Knowledge Management (C1) and (2) Country Projects.


The project “Strengthening of quality and standards in the phytotherapeutic value chain” is the second phase of the GQSP country project in Colombia. The initial phase took place between 2019 and 2023, while this ongoing phase covers from 2023 to 2027. The overarching objective is to promote Colombia's integration into subnational, regional and multilateral trade systems by strengthening the National Quality Subsystem (SICAL by its acronym in Spanish) within the priorities of the phytotherapeutic value chain and will seek to increase and improve the capacities of MSMEs to comply with technical requirements, international quality standards, private and sustainability standards necessary for trade facilitation. The project includes three complementary outcomes that are aligned to the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP), to be implemented over a period of three to four years according to the modular approach introduced for the second phase of the programme:


Outcome 1: The technical competence of the SICAL National Quality Subsystem and its sustainability are improved in areas applicable to the phytotherapeutic value chain to foster access to new markets and increase its competitiveness.

Outcome 2: The capacity of MSMEs, enterprises or other productive units in the phytotherapeutic products value chain to comply with technical requirements, international quality standards, private and sustainability standards is improved.

Outcome 3: Quality culture in Colombia is promoted to improve national quality and the economic competitiveness.




The Intern shall be engaged as follows:

  1. Exposed to the regular core functions of the Division and as such shall have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day operations and engage in on-the-job training in specific actions delegated by the Supervisor.
  2. Engaged in a specific self-contained assignment described below:
  • Support the formulation and integral implementation of the GQSP Colombia communication strategy, including monitoring, impact follow-up and improvement actions.
  • Review the background and identify the main achievements and results of the Program, in coordination with the technical team, as inputs for material and content creation.
  • Support the development of communication material and content (written, video, graphic pieces, etc.) following the developed strategy and the GQSP Colombia´s image guidelines for dissemination across defined media channels, covering both internal and external communications.
  • Participate in team meetings for the definition, coordination, implementation, and follow-up of the Program's communication strategy.
  • Provide periodic reports on the progress and outcomes of the communication activities.
  • Support the development of learning spaces and events in which GQSP Colombia participates or leads.
  • Collaborate with other teams or partners on cross-functional communication initiatives.
  • Provide support in other UNIDO FO related communication activities as deemed necessary by the supervisor.
  1. Prepare an end-of-internship report to be submitted to and cleared by UNIDO Internship Coordination.
  2. Other special emerging projects that may enhance the learning experience of the Intern.




Age: Minimum 20 years on the first day of the internship.

Education: Enrolled in a university degree programme; or begin the internship within one year of completing a university degree; or completed a university degree and be sponsored as part of an academic or development programme.

Field of specialization: Communication; Journalism; Multimedia or related.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish is required.

Other skills:

  • Proficient in written and verbal communication.
  • Adaptability and proactivity in dynamic work environments, taking initiative to drive positive outcomes.
  • Experience in creating various types of content (written, video, graphics, etc.), along with proficiency in social media and WordPress management, is desirable.



Core values:

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly, and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully, and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.


Key competencies:

WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: to stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.




  • Become acquainted with the most up-to-date technical, economic, and industrial developments in the relevant field of specialization of the Division. Furthermore, he/she is expected to deepen his/her knowledge in the fields of new product/services and process design.
  • Be part of the implementation of a challenging project that provides opportunities to broaden one's portfolio and enhance skills within a collaborative professional setting.
  • Gain experience in project communication activities.
  • On the job training: participation in every phase of the working process.
  • Gain experience in working effectively in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.

UNIDO Interns are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity at all times, both at work and outside. Only candidates who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for internships at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted through the UNIDO Online Recruitment System.
Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process.

Visit the UNIDO employment website for details on how to apply: www.careers.unido.org

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