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United Nations offers Communications and Public Mobilization-Internship

United Nations <1y Entry Level  Genève, Genève, Schweiz 21 Mrz 2018

Job Description

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the Secretariat Department responsible for strengthening international human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality and countering discrimination; combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; widening the democratic space; and early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity.

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international internship opportunities situated within the Communications and Public Mobilization Section (COMMS)

located in the External Outreach Service (EOS) of the Executive Direction and Management Branch (EDMB).

COMMS develops and implements strategies to improve general awareness of human rights and generates support for OHCHR’s work in the area of human rights. The Section consists of four thematic areas/ respective Units, namely: Audio-visual Unit, Social Media Unit, the Editorial Unit, and the Web Unit.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the general guidance and direction of the Head of Section, the intern reports to the respective Communications/ Public Information Officer in the Unit of assignment.

This internship is being offered for an initial period of three (3) months, with possibility of extension up to a total period of six (6) months, with a commencement date ranging/ starting from March to 30 June 2018.


Responsibilities In general, daily responsibilities of interns supporting COMMS will depend on the individual’s background and specific duties may include but are not limited to: Supporting in the development and implementation of communication and public mobilization strategies.

Editorial Unit: Attend specified meetings, panels and forums for purpose of writing feature stories; Search information related to field projects to develop feature stories; Produce/draft content for the website or special campaign websites; Assist in development of campaign materials; Help to set up and run events; Assist in branding; Assist in the coordination of briefings.

Social Media Unit: Draft messages with differentiated narratives on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp/Telegram; Provide support for visual communications, such as photo search, factographs, infographics and live video; Create visual audits and design briefs for graphic designers; Monitor human rights news on social web; Encourage proper tagging or branding of United Nations Human Rights content on social/digital channels of mainstream media; Actively expand the network of followers.

Audio-visual Unit: Assist in researching for file footage and photos; Transcribe and archive video footage; Support the unit on the development of all audiovisual material.

Web Unit: Assist in researching and formatting photos in Photoshop for web stories, speeches and other web pages; Assist in reviewing and maintaining website metadata categories; Assist in web analytics research and reporting; Assist in updating webpages using Hypertext Markup Language/Cascading Stylesheets (HTML/CSS), JavaScript in Adobe Dreamweaver.

In addition to the primary activities indicted above the intern will perform other duties requested by supervisor, as appropriate.

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.

Education To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme, applicants must, at the time of application, be enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master’s degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree) in the area of communication, journalism, international relations, public administration, political science, social sciences or related field, OR have graduated with a university as defined above AND, if selected, must commence the internship within one-year period from the date of graduation.

Work Experience Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the internship programme though any relevant academic and/or practical experience, in particular in the area of communications, public information, journalism or human rights affairs, would be an advantage.

Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations with a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, and have the demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs – which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in English is required and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language – Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish – would be an advantage.

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