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Communications Intern

Background Information — Job-specific 

National governments, civil society and the private sector are struggling to keep up with rapid technological advances in the digital sphere that provide enormous opportunities but can also prove disruptive and with potential for misuse by state and non-state actors. Against this backdrop, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres established a High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation in July 2018. The Panel consists of 22 eminent leaders from Governments, the private sector, academia, the technical community, and civil society. The Panel is tasked with advancing proposals in the form of a final report to strengthen cooperation in the digital space among Governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, the technical and academic communities and all other relevant stakeholders. The Panel’s report and its recommendations will support Member States in their consultations on these issues and provide a high-level independent contribution to the broader public debate.

A Secretariat has been established to provide substantive and process support to the Panel’s activities.

This internship is offered with the Secretariat.

Functional Responsibilities

The Communications Intern will have the following responsibilities;

  • Assist the Communications Team with the production of presentations, multimedia content (video, photography, audio) and other web or print content as necessary.
  • Assist the Communications Team with research, design, layout, and editing.
  • Assist the Communications Team with condensing research findings into accessible multi-media outputs such as graphics, presentations, and publications.
  • Assist with events related communications tasks such as social media outreach pre, during and post-event.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • A first-level university degree in Journalism, Communications, Art & Design, Public Relations or related subject is required.
  • A recent graduate or current enrolment in a post-graduate degree in Journalism, Communications, Art & Design, Public Relations or related subject is highly preferred.

Experience

  • Experience in developing multi-media communications content and products for different audiences
  • Experience in graphic design, branding, and layout, information design and information architecture, visual communications, media design, system design or related – and proven experience in translating complex ideas into clear visuals
  • Previous internship or work experience in a digital technology related field is preferred.
  • Previous internship experiences can be considered as work experience
  • Digital media storytelling and production experience (video, photo or layout).
  • Clear, persuasive communication and design skills, for both traditional (PPT) and digital mediums.
  • Experience with data science, innovation or technology writing and communications.
  • Experience/ strong knowledge of design platforms like Adobe Creative Suite, design techniques, software, data visualization.
  • Comfort with virtual collaboration platforms such as Slack, Skype, Google Drive, etc. 
  • Pro-active worth ethic, able to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a rapidly-changing work environment: Proven experience working with a diverse team and being able to parse through large amounts of information in order to create synthesized and clear designs.

Language

Fluency in English is required.

Competencies

  • 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.
  • 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: 3 months with the possibility of an extension for up to 6 months
Please note that the intern is expected to work at least 3 days a work (20-24 hours)

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. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 500 USD. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements.

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Research Intern

Background Information — Job-specific 
National governments, civil society and the private sector are struggling to keep up with rapid technological advances in the digital sphere that provide enormous opportunities but can also prove disruptive and with potential for misuse by state and non-state actors. Against this backdrop, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres established a High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation in July 2018. The Panel consists of 22 eminent leaders from Governments, the private sector, academia, the technical community, and civil society. The Panel is tasked with advancing proposals in the form of a final report to strengthen cooperation in the digital space among Governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, the technical and academic communities and all other relevant stakeholders. The Panel’s report and its recommendations will support Member States in their consultations on these issues and provide a high-level independent contribution to the broader public debate.
A Secretariat has been established to provide substantive and process support to the Panel’s activities.This internship is offered with the Secretariat.
Functional Responsibilities
The Research Intern will have two primary responsibilities;
1)     Monitoring and acknowledging public inputs received on our website (www.digitalcooperation.org) with supervision from Secretariat staff. Creating a system to track and categorise the inputs received against the research areas addressed by the panel (inclusive economy and development, data, human rights, Digital trust and security and values, principles and mechanisms).
2)     Finding relevant articles, experts (scheduling meetings with them), annotating, aggregating and summarizing reports, and taking meeting notes during virtual calls.
Education/Experience/Language requirements
Education
  • A first-level university degree in public policy/administration, political science, international relations, computer science or similar field is required.
  • A recent graduate or current enrollment in a post-graduate degree in public policy/administration, political science, international relations, computer science or similar field is highly preferred.

Experience

  • Experience in research and drafting .
  • Previous internship or work experience in a digital technology related field is preferred.
  • Internship experiences can be considered as work experience.
  • A background in or knowledge of the digital technology landscape and corresponding issue areas is preferred.
  • High level of written and verbal communications
  • Comfort with virtual collaboration platforms such as Slack, Skype, Google Drive, etc.
  • Pro-active worth ethic, able to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a rapidly-changing work environment
  • Experience being able to parse through large amounts of information in order to create synthesized and clear written outputs

Language

Fluency in English is required.

Competencies

  • 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.
  • 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: 3 months with the possibility of an extension for up to 6 months.
Please note that intern is expected to work at least 3 days a work (20-24 hours)

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. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 500 USD. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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