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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-10

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Intern - Research Assistant

Bangkok (Thailand)

Background

CORPORATE BACKGROUND:

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

INTERNSHIP OFFICE BACKGROUND:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Being LGBTI in Asia (BLIA) is a regional programme which aims to reduce marginalization and exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Initiated in 2012, the programme addresses inequality, violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, and promotes universal access to health and social services.

The research currently being conducted under the programme aims to identify and analyse key issues affecting the health, rights and well-being of LGBTI in Asia.  UNDP works with government, academic and research institutions and civil society to ensure the findings and recommendations of the programme’s research projects are relevant and owned by national stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:

  No

                                           Duties and responsibilities

  % of time

   1

Assist in editing and preparing reports and translating documents

     40%

   2

Track consistency of original research findings across the series of report

     30%

   3

Verify citations and references

     10%

   4

Other:

  • Organize and store the electronic documents in working order;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation tasks;
  • Support other programme related activities;
  • Assist the team in coordinating meeting and other events;
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.

     20%

Competencies

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree; or
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or must start the internship within one year after graduation; or
  • have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree or equivalent studies.

Field of study: Development Studies, Human Rights, Communications or equivalent.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Adept at using social media and able to provide support in communicating the project’s work through UNDP’s social media channels.

Experiences:

  • Experience with LGBTI Community;
  • Experience working on research projects relating to human rights;
  • Previous experience working with civil society;
  • LGBTI individuals are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

Language skills:

  • Fluency in spoken and written Thai and English are required;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

INTERNSHIP CONDITIONS

  • UNDP internships are not remunerated. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.

NOTE: If selected for the position, interns are requested to provide a letter from university confirming current enrollment and graduation date, a copy of school transcript, a letter of endorsement from a professor, a medical certificate of good health, a copy of medical insurance coverage during internship assignment in Thailand, and a copy of passport.

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.

  No

                                           Duties and responsibilities

  % of time

   1

Assist in editing and preparing reports and translating documents

     40%

   2

Track consistency of original research findings across the series of report

     30%

   3

Verify citations and references

     10%

   4

Other:

  • Organize and store the electronic documents in working order;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation tasks;
  • Support other programme related activities;
  • Assist the team in coordinating meeting and other events;
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.

     20%

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