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Trainees INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION

la Organizatia Natiunilor Unite in BANGKOK

Job Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION, I

Department/ Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Duty Station: BANGKOK

Posting Period: 30 March 2012-14 January 2013

Job Opening number: 12-PUB-ESCAP-23148-R-BANGKOK (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The OES/SCAS internship is for 2-6 months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

The interns will gain first-hand experience with regard to the United Nations ESCAP’ activities in the area of strategic communications and advocacy as well as public information and media relation. They will also gain a greater understanding of how the UN ESCAP works and its range of activities, particularly in the region of Asia and the Pacific.

Responsibilities

Centred on assisting ESCAP’s Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section (SCAS) in discharging a range of strategic communications and advocacy as well as public information tasks to raise visibility of ESCAP.

• Draft press releases and other public information materials (in English)
• Help translate information materials from English into Thai and vice versa, if applicable
• Help prepare the daily ESCAP Morning News Headlines
• Help monitor news clippings from local newspapers on global, regional and national issues for UN HQs
• Prepare media analysis from the compilation of UN and ESCAP-related news stories
• Help obtain/translate news clippings on the UN and ESCAP from newspapers and online sources
• Provide research for backgrounders/information materials
• Prepare questionnaires on strategic communications and advocacy as well as public information activities, conduct related surveys, and analyze the results
• Help design and prepare various information materials and publications
• Assist in the preparation of briefing sessions on the work of ESCAP and other UN agencies for UN Briefing Programme
• Assist in the organization and execution of special events to mark UN observances, press conferences, media launches or exhibitions
• Assist with contributions to ESCAP’s website
• Take the lead in assigned tasks/special projects

Competencies

Communication:
-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
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the 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

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

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 resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently

Creativity:
-Actively seeks to improve programmes 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
-Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches

Education

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school(second university degree or higher); or if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least fours years of full-studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

Be computer literate in standard software applications;

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

Have a demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Assessment Method

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) if required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme)
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List your top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

Source: UN Careers.


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