Remote Internship - Support to the Sub-Regional Response Facility (SRF)


Location : Amman, JORDAN
Application Deadline :27-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Crisis Response
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Arabic   English   French  
Duration of Initial Contract :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.


Background

Ten years of crisis have left the region in dire need. Since 2011, over 500,000 people have lost their lives in Syria, and millions have been forced to find refuge wherever they can inside Syria and in neighboring countries. Vital infrastructure has been destroyed, leaving millions without water, electricity or sanitation. Neighboring countries and host communities have been hosting the refugees; however, they are struggling to cope with the massive flow of refugees and meet the financial, human and environmental capacity to support them.   
The Syria crisis is not only a humanitarian crisis – it is also a development crisis. Vulnerable in their own respect, neighboring countries are severely strained, with development imperiled, unemployment on the rise and in-creasing competition for scarce resources including water and access to school and health services. 
The UNDP Sub-Regional Response Facility (SRF) was established to bring a robust development response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The SRF supports the vision, definition and implementation of a resilience-based development response, to improve sub-regional coordination, enhance cost-effectiveness, and harmonize a comprehensive, multi-country response under the leadership of the governments neighboring Syria, which host the refugees. Through the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), the SRF works in mainstreaming resilience programming in the plan and extract best practice and lessons learnt from the on-going practice.  
Under the Supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the intern will support 1) 3RP planning process- organizing workshops, invitations, drafting agenda and minutes etc.., 2) take stock of all publications and organize them to be accessible to internal and external audiences, 3) support SRF staff members in logistical and administrative functions, 4) allocate some time for learning various topics related to UN/UNDP mandates and other emerging issues/needs.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Below are general duties and responsibilities of the intern, detailed tasks will be assigned by the supervisor.  

1. Provide support to 3RP planning process:

• Assist M&E specialist in organizing the 3RP workshops and meetings- create meeting links, sending invitations, manage participants’ list, preparing agenda and taking minutes. 

• Assist in preparation of presentations for the meeting. 

• Provide inputs/comments regarding relevant 3RP strategic directions. 

2. Take stock of all relevant publications and organize them to be accessible to internal and external audience

• Collect SRF publications and store them in an online folder.

• Ensure that SRF publications are listed on SRF website.

3. Support SRF staff members in logistical and administrative functions

• Support other/ad hoc activities as deemed relevant and as may be requested by SRF team members.

• Ensure Full compliance with UN/UNDP rules, regulations and policies, implementation of corporate operational strategies.

4. Allocate some time for learning various topics related to UN/UNDP mandates and other emerging issues/needs.

• Provide background research for issues related to resilience or other topics as needed.

5. Carry out any other tasks as may be requested by the SRF Coordinator or the M&E specialist

 


Competencies

 

Competencies

Functional Competencies:

• Strong sense of collaborative work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

• Keen attention to detail;

• Proven record of interest and work in the development field.

• Excellent analytical and research skills

• Interest in the Arab States region and possibly some background in researching the region is an asset;

Professionalism:

• Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems;

• Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement;

• Ability to work under pressure;

• Shows pride in work and in achievement;

• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, especially governance and peacebuilding;

• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;

• Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;

• Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;

• Remains calm in stressful situations;

• Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Takes responsibility for incorporating the perspective of youth and ensuring the equal participation of young people as in all areas of work.

Communication:

• Speaks and writes clearly, concisely 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 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.

Planning & Organizing:

• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;

• Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;

• Allocates appropriate amount of time and resource for completing work;

• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;

• Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;

• Uses time efficiently.

Accountability:

• Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honor commitments;

• Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;

• Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;

• Supports subordinates, provide oversight and take responsibility for delegated assignments;

• Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Creativity:

• Actively seeks to improve program 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;

• Not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Technological Awareness:

• Keeps abreast of available technology;

• Understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office;

• Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;

• Shows willingness to learn new technology.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

• Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);

• Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

• Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

• Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

 Experience: 

• Excellent communication skills; Ability to write clearly and concisely;

• Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;

• Good command of information and communication technology;

Languages: 

• Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Arabic and French language skills would be an asset.

Stipend:

• Where an intern is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station, must be paid by the receiving office. 

• The monthly amount of the stipend will be determined for each duty station based on the stipend rates published yearly by the OHR Policy and Compensation Unit. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

• Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP stipend.

• No other payments of any kind will be made to an intern by the office in connection with an internship agreement.

Note: All internships will be homebased and working remotely. 



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