UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Since its establishment in 2004, the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention has been engaged in supporting national stakeholders and bridging the gap between political engagement and development assistance in pursuit of sustainable peace.
The Joint Programme currently deploys more than 133 international and national experts known as Peace and Development Advisors (hereafter PDAs). Based in over 70 countries, PDAs are at the forefront of UN efforts to empower national stakeholders and strengthen mechanisms and capacities for inclusive dialogue, social cohesion, reconciliation, and national peace architectures. PDAs are deployed to countries where tensions or violence is escalating, and to countries where there is no violent conflict but underlying structural causes of conflict are present.
The Joint Programme is leading diverse initiatives to strengthen knowledge exchange and learning in the area of conflict prevention and sustaining peace, to better communicate results and impact with external and internal audiences, and to facilitate structured exchanges amongst a growing community of peace and development practitioners, including policy-makers, national counterparts and institutions. Some of these initiatives include online platforms such as the Peace Infrastructures portal which aims to provide resources and tools to support national, regional and global initiatives to establish and sustain peace infrastructures, enhance experience sharing and coordination amongst practitioners, as well as cultivate new, innovative approaches to conflict prevention. As the Joint Programme enters its new programmatic phase after undergoing its mid-term review for the period of 2018 – 2023, the Joint Programme continues to grow and aims to increase its knowledge management efforts and facilitate the sharing of resources and good practices amongst the peace and development community of practitioners.
Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities
% of time
Research, analysis and content developmentResearch and analyze existing relevant literature and knowledge products such as briefs, policy papers, and reports on issues related to conflict prevention and sustaining peace, including Women, Peace and Security, and other key areas of interest for PDAs;Summarize and upload content to the Peace Infrastructures Portal and other relevant online platforms Research and draft content for the Peace Infrastructures Portal illustrating the work of PDAs;Support the team in developing graphical elements to illustrate stories and results, including those related to the engagement of the PDA cadre in conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives, including infographics and other visual elements;Assist the team’s research and knowledge management initiatives as required.
Content management and knowledge sharing:
Support the Joint Programme team to update the Peace Infrastructures Portal, including helping re-think the content and structure of the Portal to ensure it responds to current needs,Maintain and manage the website, including re-organizing different types of files related to peacebuilding, conflict prevention and development, uploading and editing content with relevant material, routine post updates and edits and adding additional features;Ensure that the Peace Infrastructures Portal remains on-brand, user-friendly and dynamic with fresh content and copyedit and proofread all web content;Contribute to a consistent visual image, including uniform fonts, formatting, icons, images, layout techniques; requires working with Acquia system;Support efforts for knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer exchange between the PDA community of practice through online platforms;Support the team, under the overall guidance of the Programme Specialist, in any other tasks related to content management, design work, including supporting online presence, etc.
CompetenciesExperience of developing the content for and coordinating the management of web portal projects, preferably on areas related to Infrastructures for Peace and conflict prevention;Excellent writing and communication skills in English, with demonstrated experience in developing written material.Familiarity with the UN peace and security, and development pillars;Proficiency in using the MS Office Suite, including proficient use of PowerPoint application;Effective communication skills with staff at all levels and external partners;Initiative taking;Strong organization skills;Great attention to detail and proven experience in proof reading;Ability to work well in a team;Client orientation;Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
Required Skills and Experience
Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:Currently enrolled in a graduate school programme (Master's or higher) in political science, international relations, social sciences, development, human rights, or related fields.Currently enrolled in the final academic year of a graduate degree programme in political science, international relations, social sciences, development, human rights, or related fields.Hold a Master's degree and must commence the internship within one year of graduation.
Field of study: political science, international relations, social sciences, development, human rights or equivalent.
IT skills:Proficiency in using the MS Office Suite, including proficient use of PowerPoint application; and infographic and graphic apps.
Language skills:Fluency in English required;Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Desired additional skills and competencies:Demonstrated knowledge of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and/or sustaining peace is highly desirable;Experience of developing the content for and coordinating the management of web portal projects;Good understanding of social media and online tools, as well as the use of graphic design or video editing tools is an asset.
INTERNSHIP CONDITIONSUNDP will not pay interns for internship but will provide a stipend in the amount of USD 1,000.00 monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP internship policy; all other expenses connected with it will be borne by me or my sponsoring Government or institution;UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;Interns are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.