Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the
UN Secretariat department responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. OCHA also ensures that there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. Under the aegis of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 46/182, OCHA has established the Assessment, Planning and Monitoring Branch (APMB), as an integral part of the Coordination Division (CD). APMB helps OCHA and partners deliver more effective joint responses using innovative, state of the art coordination tools and services. The work of the Branch focuses on the key activities which enable effective coordination: needs assessment and analysis, humanitarian response planning and continuous monitoring. APMB aims to ensure OCHA and partner staff have the skills, tools and technical support needed to meet the needs of people affected by crises through a well-coordinated collective response effort, within the framework of a rigorous humanitarian programme cycle. The intern shall assist in the research and development of communication materials and website presence to enhance the visibility of information relating to the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC); research various thematic and political initiatives of relevance to the branch; support the development, editing and financial tracking of appeals documents; assist in the organization of programme cycle training events, as well as other initiatives. APMB consists of Needs and Response Analysis Section-(NARAS), Monitoring Platforms and Tools Section -(MPTS) and Humanitarian Development Nexus Section-(HDNS).
The internship will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the intern will under the guidance and supervision of a Humanitarian Affairs Officer within APMB. This internship is being offered for a minimum period of three (3) months with an estimated start date in September 2019.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, duties may include but are not limited to: developing info-graphic and video-based products for promotional and explanatory purposes on the HPC process and associated on-line tools; creating a variety of info-graphics to explain existing and new information management tools, processes, skills, etc.; creating 2D animation products to explain existing and new information management tools, process, skills, etc.; creating videos (both regular and stop-motion) to explain existing and new information management tools, process, skills, etc; finalising the above using or leveraging creative and/ or new techniques for the humanitarian community (e.g. using stop motion lego movies to make explanation fun and engaging); investigating and designing creative marketing plans and/ or outreach plans for the products being created; and performing related tasks as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.Competencies
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.
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.
TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology; knowledge and experience of database development and management, and online collaborative tools would be an asset; and knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly advanced user certification of MS Access, MS Excel, MS Project and MS Word) is desirable.
Applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor's (final year), Post graduate, Master's or Ph.D. programme or equivalent, preferably in media and/ or communications, graphic design and/or multimedia arts, geography, geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, information technology (graphic design) or a related field. Applicants that have successfully completed an academic programme in a discipline mentioned above must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.Work Experience
Applicants are not required to have professional working experience for participation in the internship program though any academic and/ or practical experience in adobe illustrator cs + or similar programmes is an advantage. Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software (version 9.0 or higher) is strongly desirable. Experience in the use of Adobe in design and after effects is an asset. Open source equivalent experience is also very welcome. Experience scripting, creating and post production of both animated and real-life videos an asset. Experience in use of standard software applications, specifically those mentioned above, is highly desirable. Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter and; have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration. Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/ or skills-set, and they will be assessed based on information provided in their Personal History Profiles (PHPs). A completed on-line application is required, please mention the title of the degree which you are currently pursuing and the scheduled date of graduation (month and year); indicate all standard office software packages in which you are proficient, including information technology applications and/ or programs and specify your general interest in the United Nations in the cover note. Do not forget to designate three references that we may contact who can attest to your qualifications; include present or past supervisors, peers, mentors or thesis advisors, but please do not list any family members. Due to the high volume of applications received, applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.Special Notice
The internship within the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in line with the United Nations (UN) Internship Programme, aims to provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the United Nations through assignment to offices within the Secretariat in order to enhance their educational experience and gain experience in the work of the United Nations. Additionally, it provides the United Nations offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields. Interns shall not represent the United Nations in any official capacity. For additional information on the Programme, please visit: https://www.unog.ch.
The Programme is unpaid and full-time. The intern should adhere to the established official weekly working hours of respective duty station (if based in a field-office location); the general working hours at United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) are 40 hours per week, from 8.30 until 5.30 with one hour for a lunch break. All costs associated to the internship are to be borne by the intern, specifically: travel, visas, accommodation/ living expenses and medical insurance for the entire duration of the internship. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from injury, illness or death that may occur during an internship. To apply to this job opening please go to: https://inspira.un.org or https://careers.un.org.
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