V-Awards Assistant Internship

Location : Colombo, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :24-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :4 Months


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming and mobilizing volunteers.

UNV along with UNFPA and UN Women developed a project titled “Participation of Youth and Women in the Peacebuilding Process”, under the Peace Building Fund, which will leverage volunteer networks for community engagement in various peace building activities to support strengthening the role of civil society and volunteerism to foster social cohesion and trust.

In 2011, the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV), the Ministry of Social Services, the National Steering Committee on Volunteering, and News 1st launched the National Volunteer Awards (V-Awards); a journey to recognize and appreciate those who serve in silence in their communities. It was a sincere effort to say ‘Thank you’ to individuals who had selflessly contributed to Sri Lankan society and inspire others into following their footsteps. In 2018, the 4th Edition will continue to Recognize, Honour and Inspire selfless acts of volunteerism with special recognition for Volunteering for Peacebuilding

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in coordinating and documenting discussions related to V-Awards
  • Support in organizing/scheduling meetings with V-Awards stakeholders as and when required
  • Prepare and takedown minutes for meetings related to V-Awards
  • Organize meetings with V-Awards Judges and facilitate the completion of the evaluation/judging process
  • Assist in preparation of briefing kits and relevant materials required for the evaluation processes
  • Maintain the applications and update the database accordingly
  • Assist in preparing outreach material for social media, print media and electronic media
  • Liaise with UNDP communications unit for press releases and other media features related to V-Awards
  • Dispatch documentation/promotional material ensuring proper process is followed and originals retained and filed
  • Support the Nomination process as the Focal point for responding to public queries on V-Awards Hotline
  • Provide coordination and administrative support to UNV PBF team to organize V-Awards 2018
  • Assist the UNV PBF team with any other duties assigned



  • Proactive
  • Self-organizer with respect for deadlines
  • Team Player
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Quick learner
  • Able to facilitate activities
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Office, Illustrator, Photoshop etc.)
  • Polite and outgoing

Required Skills and Experience



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

(a)Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); in the field of communications, public relations, languages, journalism or equivalent;
(b)Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c)Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

  • Experience in event management, project development, coordination and/or resource mobilization
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English required and proficiency in Sinhala and/or Tamil is an advantage
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail
  • Initiative, sound judgement and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Competency and proficient knowledge in social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube etc.) As well, full ability to use standard computer applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).


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.

If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact erecruit.helpdesk@undp.org.

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