Communication Intern – Inter-community Dialogue through inclusive Cultural Heritage Preservation Project

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 13 February 2018
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 25 February 2018

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Background

Organizational Context: 

The earlier EU and UNDP programmatic interventions to increase direct community engagement in cultural rehabilitation and awareness of and value for cultural protection consisted of a combination of confidence-building measures to help communities understand the importance of the cultural heritage and their role in the process of protection and promotion, in support of the concept of shared inheritance. 

Re-building trust and improving inter-community acceptance and respect for cultural identity and heritage is a long-term process. A 2016 opinion poll among the Serb majority municipalities in Kosovo indicates a strong need for inclusive community based consultation processes, as limited understanding vis-à-vis cultural heritage is evident. Community cohesion through both tangible and intangible cultural heritage has also value for economic development and creation of employment opportunities, particularly for women and young people. 

The new project, funded by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) will contribute to the notion that in a multi-ethnic environment cultural heritage does not have a “sole ownership” - which in post-conflict environments, where ethnicity and/or religion were a main cause of conflict, can act as a divisive factor between communities and politicize cultural heritage. The politicization of the cultural heritage in Kosovo has not helped the inter-community relations and the intervention shall undertake activities which bring together communities through shared values particularly within the concept of intangible cultural heritage. A strong tool in this respect is regular and clear communications with beneficiaries on the activities, generating interest from community on the interventions, capturing their voices vis a vis the planned interventions, facilitating the engagement of community based organisations in relevant project’s activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist the project team, in cooperation with UNDP Communications to develop messages on key project outputs and achievements to be used in social media;

  • Outreach and advocacy, with a focus on minority beneficiaries and stakeholders, on the project activities;
  • Develop short human centered stories related to stakeholders and beneficiaries in the context of intercommunity dialogue and confidence building; 
  • Support the Project Manager to develop a communications strategy which addresses the needs of all beneficiaries;
  • Ensure that the comms messages clearly demonstrate EU (IcSP) contribution in all comms materials;
  • Supports the design, piloting, scaling up and monitoring of innovative communication approaches (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) for the purposes of promoting values of cultural heritage in Kosovo;
  • Writing, editing, review of reports and knowledge products (articles, blogs, etc.);
  • Support the organising of events, launches, press releases and other community based events particularly in Serb-majority municipalities.

Expected results: 

  • Regular, open, and constructive communications, advocating for and advancing UNDP’s and IcSP’s engagement, with beneficiaries and stakeholders;
  • Maximum, positive, visibility for the project’s activities, particularly in the local Serb media;
  • Production of qualitative communications products and timely dissemination;
  • Effective outreach and advocacy translated into participation from community level on a range of project activities.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience

Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); such as Communications, Mass Media, Marketing, or social science.
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); 
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation

Experience:

  • While some previous entry level experience working in communications field is a distinct advantage, the candidate should demonstrate willingness to work as part of a team, take initiative, and an aptitude for the duties and responsibilities as listed;
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office);

Languages:

  • Serbian language is required. Proficiency in English both written and verbal is essential, and knowledge of Albanian is desirable.

 
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Status 

  • Interns are not considered staff members. 
  • Interns shall not be sought or engaged as substitutes for staff and do not encumber authorized posts. 
  • Interns shall not represent UNDP in any official capacity or commit resources on its behalf. 
  • Interns shall not apply for or be appointed to any position during the period of their internship.  
  • The internship period shall not be foreshortened for the purposes of allowing an intern to apply for a position. 

Third-party claims 

  • UNDP is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship. 

Remuneration, insurance and interns’ expenses 

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses  are the responsibility of: 

  • The nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or 
  • The intern, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence through private sources. 

Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of their internship with UNDP and must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship. UNDP will not reimburse the medical insurance of the intern. Any costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship assignment will be the responsibility of the intern.  

Applicants for internships must show proof of valid medical insurance for the duty station in which they will intern. For applicants which are neither nationals or residents of the duty station, the insurance must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which: 

  • Requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment; 
  • Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence. 

UNDP accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.  

Subsequent Employment 

  • There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship. 


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