Communciations Assistant (Intern) - UNRCO

Location : Port of Spain, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Application Deadline :10-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :six (6) months

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.



With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at its core, and in response to the General Assembly resolution 71/243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the UN Secretary General’s report (December 2017) “Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet” puts forward a comprehensive proposal on further improvements to the resident coordinator system to ensure more coherent, accountable and effective support for the 2030 Agenda. This was further reinforced by General Assembly resolution 72/729 of 1 June 2018, which gave the Secretary-General the mandate to implement the repositioning.  A reinvigorated resident coordinator system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system, and while the system has been instrumental in driving coherence on the ground over the past four decades, it is now insufficiently robust to respond to the needs of the 2030 Agenda. The report stresses that resident coordinator offices will need to be adequately staffed to ensure sufficient substantive capacities to lead United Nations country teams. The core capacity will include expertise in coordination and strategic planning, economics, tailored policy support, results monitoring and evaluation, and strategic partnerships, plus a robust standing communications capacity within the United Nations country team.  This post is part of this new generation of resident coordinator office, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

The purpose of this Internship is to support the communication work and function of the RCO.  The Intern is to provide support to the DCO primarily in the area of digital communications.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create platform-specific digital content, including images, short videos and text for social media platforms and UN in T&T website to promote the work of the UN team in T&T
  • Generate ideas for original, context-specific content to localize global UN days or UN causes
  • Seek approval for and schedule digital content posts throughout the week using online scheduling subscription service
  • Write original pieces for UN in T&T website which may also be reproduced in traditional media
  • Script content for original digital video shorts on the Sustainable Developments Goals and/or other UN in T&T projects
  • Download global UN content from Trello and other sources, and upload to UN in T&T social media platforms
  • Arrange paid boosting for select posts across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Track analytics for follower numbers, likes, shares and engagements and provide monthly analytics summaries
  • Collaborate with communications officers in UN agencies to put together audio/visual material for digital posts
  • Repurpose single-medium content into multimedia content to cross-pollinate platforms
  • Upload content to the back-end of the UN in TT website
  • Inbox management and engagement management on social media platforms
  • Monitor social media feeds to curate material from global and local UN agencies so the material can be cross-promoted on UN in TT platforms
  • Support DCO in event planning, event management and administration
  • Attend weekly team meetings



• Integrity/Commitment to mandate: Maintains consistent values and performance standards and expresses UN core values in all functions and roles. Exercises critical judgment in analyzing institutional directions, procedures, and guidelines in order to contribute to the improved fulfillment of the mandate.

• Valuing diversity: Demonstrates inclusive behavior towards all colleagues and stakeholders, successfully developing cross-cultural relationships. Adapts programme project implementation to take account of the political, religious and cultural context. Actively promotes gender equity in all programme activities as well as in office management.


Managing Relationships:

  • Working in teams: Promotes teamwork and harmony collaborating with team members integrating others’ ideas into his/her thinking. Leverages the different experiences and expertise of members to achieve better, more innovative outcomes.
  • Communicating information and ideas: Encourages open communication in the team demonstrating the ability to see issues and situations from team members’ perspective. Frankly expresses ideas and concerns and encourages dialogue to develop an optimal solution without jeopardizing rapport with colleagues.
  • Conflict and self-management: Surfaces conflicts and addresses them proactively acknowledging feelings and views of all sides and redirecting energy towards a mutually acceptable solution. Creates a climate of enthusiasm and flexibility where people feel encouraged to be innovative and give their best.
  • Networking: Builds, maintains and leverages a diverse network of contacts, strategic partnership and alliances within the UN system in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Flexibility: Works effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously

Required Skills and Experience

  • Must be in the process of pursuing a first degree or a post-graduate degree or must have graduated from a degree programme less than 12 months before starting this internship.
  • Work experience in a development/international organization will be an asset.
  • Knowledge of graphic design using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator or use of Canva is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Strong copywriting skills for social media, with emphasis on excellent grammar, punctuation and use of appropriate layout and emoji styles for social media posts.
  • Experience in social networking platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook and an understanding of digital communications strategies, social media platform-specific content requirements and social media trends are desirable.
  • Understanding of Search Engine Optimisation using hashtags and titles is paramount

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