Communications Intern - (Open to Thai Nationals Only)


Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :31-Oct-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
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.


Background

The United Nations Development Programme (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 more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Thailand is a strong supporter of the United Nations and UNDP.  The ultimate goal of UNDP is to improve the lives of the people of Thailand through the broad thematic areas of poverty reduction, democratic governance, energy and the environment, policy advocacy, gender equality, and HIV/AIDS. UNDP partners with line ministries to help Thailand achieve its ambitious Millennium Development Goal targets (MDGs) as well as the national objectives articulated in the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) for 2012-2016.

UNDP is working with the Royal Thai Government, civil society, national partners and the Thai public to help find solutions to persistent development challenges. We continue to work to provide technical expertise, such as improved data quality and collection, international expertise on environmental issues like climate change finance and adaptation.

UNDP's priority in a middle-income country like Thailand is to work within outlined agreements like the UNPAF and Thailand's 11th National Plan. We continue to provide strong policy advice and advocacy on normative UN issues such as gender equality, social and economic inequality, human rights, and rule of law.

Working in UNDP Country Office in Thailand and under the direct supervision of the UNDP Communication and Partnership Officer, the UNDP Communications Intern will work to raise the profile of UNDP Thailand through various social media platforms (UNDP Thailand website, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc.) and provide Thai-language editing services to the office team.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Communication and Partnership Officer, the assignment includes a combination of desk and field work and includes the following tasks:

  • Develop content for the UNDP Thailand website and other social media platforms, including UNDP Thailand Facebook Page, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube;
  • Assist UNDP Thailand staff to increase local media engagement and disseminate relevant information;
  • Assist UNDP Thailand staff in supporting the implementation of relevant public events involving other UN agencies, non-government organisations and private sector partners;
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of contact media addresses, publication and distribution lists;
  • Assist in the preparation of promotional/advocacy and resource mobilisation materials including fact sheets, briefing notes, photographs, power-point presentations and videos;
  • Identify opportunities and modalities to engage with and share the opinions of communities who have benefitted from UNDP programmes;
  • Support the communications unit with key events, launches, visits, press interviews and campaigns;
  • Provide administrative support to the Communications Unit;
  • Provide back-up translation services when required;
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.


Competencies

  • Excellent command of English and Thai, written and spoken;
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, speaking, writing, observing);
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Computer literate and knowledge of software required for specific tasks (including Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop CS);
  • Knowledge and experience in using social media platforms and tools to communicate and engage with a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to use own initiative and creatively consider solutions;
  • Results driven, able to meet targets/deadlines;
  • Familiar with communication and web software such as HTML editor Adobe Dream Weaver CS5, Flash animations;
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment.


Required Skills and Experience

Eligibility

Education:

  • Enrolment in a graduate/master’s degree programme in a development, social sciences  or communications-related field, such as journalism, interactive telecommunications, international relations, political science, anthropology, sociology, public or business administration;
  • Note that candidates who have graduated are not eligible for internship.

Experience:

  • Understanding of international and/or development issues is desirable;
  • Experience working with the media is desirable;

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Thai.

Interns’ Expenses:

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.  All costs connected with an intern's participation in the Programme must be borne by: the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or 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, etc.

Subsequent Employment:

  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.



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