Org. Setting and Reporting
The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system in Kuwait aims to bring together the different UN agencies to contribute to the realization of New Kuwait Vision 2035 by aligning results to Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 at the country level. The Resident Coordinator lead the UN country team and is the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely in partnership with Kuwait governments, the Resident Coordinator and country team advocate the interests and mandates of the UN drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.
RC Kuwait is looking for a bright and talented Communications Intern to join the team as soon as possible. This internship is for 6 months of full-time work modality - 5 working days a week (35-40 hours/week). It is an UNPAID internship. The intern will work under the supervision of a Communication Officer in the RC Kuwait office.
The Communication Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Communication Officer. The Communication Intern will help the UNRC Office, in the fulfilment of its Advocacy and Communication roles. The Communication Intern will work in close collaboration with the UNCT and Communication Group and result groups chairs. She/he carries out day-to-day work under the direct supervision and advice of the Communication Officer and in accordance with the established policies and procedures.
The intern will work on developing communication strategies for the office, for example preparing printable materials, designing the corporate presentation, developing the social media of the office,
The responsibilities of the internship position will include but are not limited to:
• Assist in update of communication strategy for the UNCT in Kuwait;
•Spread awareness regarding UN TALK and Strategic partnership Framework platforms among the CSOs, civil society networks, Universities and organizations in Kuwait;
•Strengthen the relationship of the UNRCO with the mass media.
•Conduct a plan to show the work of the office in social networks.
•Elaborate products of the communication of the 2030 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals involvement in the office.
•Develop concept notes about the events, workshops, seminars managed by the office.
•Design and provide the support required to conduct a survey among Kuwaiti students about Sustainable Development issues related to Kuwait.
•Write articles about the Sustainable Development Work of the office for them to be published.
•Performs other duties as assigned.
Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;-listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
The education eligibility for the UN RC internship is as follows:
1. Must be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
2. Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
In addition, candidate must:
1. Be computer literate in standard software applications;
2. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter; and
3. Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position fluency in English and Arabic is required.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
RC Office Kuwait will review applicants and contact only short-listed applicants for interviews and/or other types of assessments.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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