Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Communications Internship at UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

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City, Town, State: New York
Posted date: May 10, 2017
Closing date: 12-May-17 (Midnight New York, USA)


    UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with the countries on their own distinct solutions to global and national development challenges.
    The Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific (RBAP) works in a diverse region: a region that is fastest growing in the world while it is home to a half of the world’s poor at the same time: a region that houses countries experiencing economic transition (China, Mongolia, Vietnam), two of the world’s largest economies (China, India), middle income countries (Malaysia, Thailand), and countries facing or recovering from conflict (Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste). Out of the 14 Least Developed Countries in the AP region, four are landlocked – Afghanistan, Bhutan, Lao PDR and Nepal – while six are island developing countries – Kiribati, Maldives, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (the other four LDCs are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Timor Leste).
    RBAP is going to produce a compilation of success stories documenting UNDP’s development efforts that have resulted in lasting, large-scale transformational change in countries in Asia-Pacific.
    The report will capture 15 vivid examples of development initiatives that significantly advanced social, economic and environmental objectives.
    The working title of the report is “Achieving Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Stories of Transformation towards a Sustainable Future.” 
    Stories will demonstrate how UNDP—always in partnership with governments, the private sector or civil society—helped to create jobs, met the needs of the most vulnerable, fostered greater participation and social inclusion, managed the environment responsibly, and provided for the prevention of and recovery from crisis and disaster. They will chronicle UNDP’s responsiveness to national priorities and its delivery of sophisticated policy support to help meet national development goals.
    Another initiative in the bureau is a closed circuit television, this network is to facilitate a transmission of ideas, dissemination of the projects, successes and challenges encountered while implementing successful and not so successful projects within countries, it will enable us to find ways of fostering south – south cooperation and to garner yet better results for our region. We are using cutting edge technology to achieve this, the intern will report to communications Specialist and work closely with the web and closed-circuit television team within the Bureau.
    The objectives of internship in the bureau are three-fold: (a) the bureau offers the intern an opportunity to pursue their interest in technology driven knowledge sharing at a corporate level (b) the intern will have an opportunity to gain practical experience in working within the bureau and (c) the intern will support communication initiatives within the bureau in order to be able to make an informed decision on whether to pursue a United Nations career path in the future.
    The intern will report to communications Specialist and work closely with the other team members within the bureau.
    Duties and Responsibilities
    It is envisaged that during the internship with the bureau, the Intern would complete the following tasks:
    • Assist with implementation of communications strategies in New York and across Asia and the Pacific;
    • Develop social media projects and assist with their implementation;
    • Assist in designing material for web and digital television platforms, such as infographics;
    • Research media and help prepare talking points for interviews;
    • Edit English language press releases, statements and presentations;
    • Provide communications support to resource mobilization;
    Other activities as assigned.
    Functional Competencies:
    • Strong organizational and research skills;
    • Excellent analytical, communication, and writing skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills;
    • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment;
    • Respect for diversity: understanding of the United Nations system, operations and structures, particularly those related to capacity development and/or post-conflict contexts;
    • Work under minimum supervision and tight deadlines.
    Corporate Competencies:
    • Demonstrate integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
    • Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
    • Display excellent cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
    Required Skills and Experience
    • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a communications or public relations-related field: Public Diplomacy, Public Relations, Communications, Digital Marketing, Advertising, Digital Media Design (Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible).
    • Experience in the work environment of an international institution is desirable especial in areas of digital media design and web development;  
    • Work Experience with web environments;
    • Needed excellent research capabilities Plus creativity in producing communications material.
    • Must have fluency in spoken and written English.
    Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:
    Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
    Have a valid visa to work in the US.
    Click here for important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders). 

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