Intern (Global Innovation Centre)

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Background Information - UNOPS

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners; peace-building, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

In order to enhance the impact of project implementation, UNOPS is currently developing new innovative solutions to help its partners achieve the Agenda 2030. Therefore, UNOPS has started creating a global system of innovation centers. Currently three innovation centers are already up and running in Sweden, Japan and in Antigua, and more centers are going to be opened.

This position will be located in the Global Innovation Centre in Sweden. Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Innovation Centre Manager, and in close coordination with the local team and stakeholders, the intern will be an integral part of the team driving concrete responsibility areas. The intern will learn and practice skills related to communications and event management.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Functional Responsibilities

Communications (70%)

  • Help draft engaging and crisp material to use in GIC Sweden communication such as updates to stakeholders and steering group, invitations to events, presentation materials, joint communication with partners, etc.
  • Actively participate in content creation and moderation of social media channels owned by UNOPS Innovation, covering all GICs.
  • Support external communications by helping with incoming requests from various stakeholders, under the guidance of a supervisor.

Event Management (15%)

  • Participate in event planning and delivery together with the GIC Sweden team as well as partners such as Ideon Science Park.
  • Set up and help manage a calendar of events in the GIC Sweden Incubator and relevant events in the Swedish innovation ecosystem.
  • Undertake continuous research on events happening in the region and nation to ensure we are plugged into relevant activity.

Facility Management (10%)

  • Maintain the day-to-day aspect of GIC Sweden office space, making sure we have an inspiring and updated environment.
  • Propose and help drive development of the office space to create a truly innovative centre.

Coordination and efficiency 5%

  • Learn about stakeholder management and leadership by participating in relevant meetings with the GIC Manager, responsible for taking notes and following up on relevant actions.
  • Support GIC Manager and the GIC team with overall meeting coordination and efficiency.

Training components and learning elements

UNOPS highly values interns' contribution and appreciates the importance of learning during an internship. UNOPS encourages the intern to raise specific wishes regarding learning opportunities before and during the internship.

The intern will have access to a large offering of online training on the comprehensive UNOPS intranet and opportunities to communicate with UNOPS HQ, Regional Office, and other country offices.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

1. Academic qualifications

All applicants must be enrolled in a university programme such as Bachelor, Masters or PhD. (or the equivalent) or have graduated from such studies within three (3) years prior to the application date of the internship.

The preferred education is in the area of communication, journalism, graphic design, mass media, digital communication, public relations and other related studies.

2. Language Skills

Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Swedish is desired but not required.

3. Computer Literacy

Computer/tech savvy is desired.

Video editing skills are desired.

4. Internship-related experiences

Communications experience from the public sector and/or large multinational companies is desired.

Experience from the Swedish innovation ecosystem is a plus.

Social media knowledge is desired.

Messaging and story-telling to different audiences (formal/informal etc.) is desired.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration - Internship

Contract type: Internship Contract level: N/A Contract duration: 6 months with possibility of extension based on performance and funds availability.

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions.

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

*It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before

applying, we strongly suggest that you review your UNOPS Jobs profile

( to ensure completeness, especially the education and experience sections.*


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