Communication Intern


Location : Remotely, CHAD
Application Deadline :15-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
13-Jun-2022
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

CORPORATE BACKGROUND


UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience to sustain development results.
UNDP is strengthening new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, guiding global development priorities through 2030. The fundamental 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.
UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities, and the poorest and most vulnerable.


INTERNSHIP OFFICE BACKGROUND
The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) was established on 22 May 1964 by the four countries bordering Lake Chad: Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad. The mandates of the Commission include the management of Lake Chad and its shared water resources, preservation of the 
ecosystems, and promotion of regional integration, peace, security, and development in the Lake Chad Region. In 2018, the Lake Chad Basin Commission, with support from the African Union and UNDP, the LCBC launched a Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery, and Resilience (RSS) for the Lake Chad Basin regions affected by the Boko Haram crisis: Cameroon (The Far North and North Region), Niger (Diffa Region), Nigeria: Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States) and Chad (Lac and Hajder-Lamis Provinces.
The RSS 'seeks to establish a common approach and an inclusive framework for all stakeholders to support a timely, coordinated, and effective transition from stabilization to early recovery and the resumption of stalled development processes' (LCBC, 2018).
The Lake Chad Basin Commission RSS Secretariat coordinates the implementation of the RSS and ensures coordination of humanitarian, development, and peace actors working in the LCB region. A critical part of the secretariat role is to promote the work done on the ground between partners and beneficiaries, highlight the RS-SRR strategic offer, develop strategic communications tools and strengthen the narrative around the region. 
To support the communication unit, the LCBC/RSS Secretariat is seeking to recruit a communication intern to support the secretariat.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conceptualizing, creating, and publishing visual pieces including infographics.
  • Gathering and consolidating information for the website.
  • Providing editorial and design inputs.
  • Writing blogs, feature and success stories about results achieved and efforts pursued under RS-SRR in the area of stabilisation, recovery and resilience based on relevant inputs from implementing partners, donors and Secretariat staff 
  • Assisting in overseeing the content development, expansion and continual assessment of web-based knowledge and information services (Knowledge Management Platform)
  • Assisting in boosting RS-SRR presence in online communications and social media; provide assistance in maintenance of the LCBC online platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Supporting the development of pro-active communication strategies related to specific RS-SRR initiatives, with a view to enhance resource mobilization efforts.
  • Assisting the team in organizing events, launches of publications, seminars and conferences, global campaigns


Competencies

General:

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, with minimum supervision.
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion, and loyalty.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and administrative skills.
  • Able to multitask, balance multiple responsibilities, and work to deadline.
  • Commitment to the UNDP vision, mission, and strategic goals.
  • Must be able to work in a multicultural environment and be aware of political sensitivities.


Communication Skills:

  • 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; and 
  • Tailor’s language, tone, style, and format to match the audience.


Teamwork:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational and unit goals; and
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise and willingness to learn 
  • from others.

 


Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Applicants to this Internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the 
  • following requirements:
  • Currently in the final year of a bachelor’s degree; or currently enrolled in a master’s or 
  • PhD degree; or have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s or master’s 
  • degree or equivalent
  • Fields of study: Communication, Journalism, media studies, political and social sciences, 
  • economics, international relations, law, marketing, public and business administration, 
  • Regional Studies, other fields of study relevant for the advertised internship position.

Experience:

  • Familiarity with SharePoint and other similar tools desirable.
  • Familiarity with designing.
  • Familiarity with aspects of project management is desirable.
  • Familiarity with issues related to the use of digital technologies in development 
  • cooperation is desirable.
  • Prior experience with the multilateral system or with a bilateral donor agency is desirable.
  • Demonstrated capacity to gather comprehensive information on complex problems or situations, analysing information accurately and identifying key issues and solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience of initiative, client-orientation, working in teams, in complex and time-pressured contexts.

Languages:

  • Fluency in oral and written English and/or French is required.
  • Knowledge of other UN language is an asset.

Application
To apply please include in your application one pdf file that includes:

  • Your resume in a format of your choosing
  • Cover letter (max. 2 pages) including information about:
  • Your interest to apply for an internship with UNDP / RSS
  • Your experience in knowledge management / information technology, including familiarity and/or level of knowledge of SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, SQL.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Internship Conditions:
UNDP will not pay interns for internship but will provide a stipend monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP internship policy; all other expenses connected with it will be borne by the intern or the sponsoring Government or institution.
Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.
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 will accrue leaves at a rate of 1.5 days per month and will be granted off-days on official 
UN holidays for the Republic of Chad. If exceptional leave arrangements are necessary, requests 
must be submitted to and be approved by the supervisors in advance to ensure adequate office arrangements.



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