39403 Communications Intern

Location : Jakarta, INDONESIA
Application Deadline :31-Oct-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :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.


“UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

UNDP Indonesia's mission is to be an agent for change in the human and social development of Indonesia. We aim to be a bridge between Indonesia and all donors as well as a trusted partner to all stakeholders. We work in four key areas of development: Governance Reforms, Pro-Poor Policy Reforms, Conflict Prevention and Recovery, and Environment Management, with the overarching aim of reducing poverty in Indonesia. Besides the four priority areas, UNDP Indonesia is also engaged in a variety of crosscutting initiatives focused on HIV/AIDS, gender equality, and information and technology for development".

In 2009, the Government of Indonesia signed the "Jakarta Commitment" to localize the Paris Declaration for increased aid effectiveness, local ownership and donor coordination. The UN in Indonesia is responding to this call for increased harmonization with a strengthening of its common approaches and the delivery of results for the advancement of the MDGs. The joint framework between the Government and the 21 UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Indonesia is the UN Partnership for Development Framework (UNPDF) 2011-2015. The UNPDF focuses on equity, participation and resilience for all people in all regions and has five thematic areas: Social Services; Sustainable Livelihoods; Governance; Disaster Management; Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability.

In order to improve joint external and internal communications under the UNPDF, a new UN in Indonesia website (www.un.or.id) and intranet for UN staff have been launched. The UN in Indonesia website acts as a portal for all United Nations offices in Indonesia and showcases both work of individual UN agencies as well as the UN working together. Important features of the website and intranet that support UN system coordination include a programme map and events calendar.

The intern will be based in the Office of the Resident Coordinator (RC Office). The structure of the office is unique as the RC Office and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are both integrated into one RC/HC office. On non-humanitarian matters, the office manages a wide range of interagency coordination issues, for example supporting joint programs between several UN organizations, facilitating coordination of UN working groups or advising on Human Rights or Disaster Recovery. This offers the intern exposure to a wide variety of development and humanitarian issues and to the core processes related to UN coordination. The internship provides an opportunity to learn about the workings and priorities of the UN system in Indonesia and about the UN working together, and to assist in the establishment and maintenance of various mechanisms to ensure adequate information sharing and strategic planning of UN agencies in Indonesia. The intern will provide valuable backstopping support to the daily tasks of the RC Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Coordination Officer to support joint external and internal communications related to the implementation of the UNPDF.
Tasks include:

  • Track UN agency and joint programmes, activities and events, as well as key national and global political and development-related events of significance to UN in Indonesia and assist in sharing gathered information within the UN and with relevant stakeholders
  • Gather information from UN agencies for the UN In Indonesia website and provide creative inputs for maintenance of website
  • Provide support to answering queries on the UN system in Indonesia
  • Assisting in coordination of UNPDF working groups
  • Research key issues and provide support in the preparation of speeches/talking points, presentations, press releases, reports, briefings etc.
  • Provide support to developing one-pagers and other communication materials on the UN in Indonesia and related topics
  • Editing and improving the lay-out of documents as needed
  • Provide support to MY World survey promotion activities
  • Providing backstopping and logistical support for organisation of UN events 
  • Day-to-day support to the work of the Resident Coordinator and his office as requested

The specific outputs will be agreed upon within two weeks of arrival in the Office of the Resident Coordinator. The main outputs based on above assignment will be:


  • Effective support to improved internal and external UN communications and to maintenance of UN in Indonesia website
  • Effective support to coordination and substantive functioning of UNPDF Working Groups
  • Effective support to day-to-day running of RC office



Corporate Competencies:

    Demonstrate commitment to UNV/UNDP mission, vision and values
    Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

    Ability to share knowledge and experiences and to provide advice to colleagues
    Willing to learn new knowledge

Development and Operational Effectiveness

    Ability to provide moderate finance and accounting process
    Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work

Leadership and Self-Management

    Focus on result for the client and respond positively to feedback
    Consistently approach work with energy and positive attitude
    Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexity

Required Skills and Experience

The following minimum qualifications are required:


  • Enrolled in a graduate-level degree programme (in political science, social science, international relations, economics, communications, or related field, at the time of application and during the internship;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of - or proven interest in - international relations and UN system coordination and a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially writing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently within the overall team;
  • Diplomacy, tact and patience;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Good computer literacy in MS Office software applications (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Knowledge of InDesign desirable but not required


Financial Issues
Interns are not financially remunerated by the RC Office.
All costs connected with an intern's participation in the Programme must be borne by:
a)      the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students;
b)      the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, insurance etc.


How to apply?
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV and the UNDP application form for internships to: un-indonesia@un.or.id with subject "Internship RC Office Indonesia" by Tuesday 20 August 2013.


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. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply . All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence

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