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UN Youth Volunteer in Interactive Media Communications

Colombo (Sri Lanka)


Living Conditions: 

Colombo is situated on the Western Province of Sri Lanka and is the commercial capital of the country. Colombo is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to the administrative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte. The climate is fairly temperate all throughout the year but humidity is usually high. From March to April the temperature averages around 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit). The only major change in the Colombo weather occurs during the monsoon seasons from May to August and October to January when heavy rainfalls occur. Sri Lanka became a member of the United Nations on 14 December 1955.

Organizational Context & Project Description

The UNV will be based at the Ministry of Finance and Media supporting the Ministry’s messaging around peacebuilding and reconciliation and supporting the implementation of the peacebuilding and reconciliation communications strategy. The UNV will work with the communications team of the Ministry of Finance and Media, and will report to the Ministry and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Task descriptions

Under the direct supervision of the designated supervisor the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Design and develop trilingual Communication products for dissemination on online and traditional media platforms
  • Maintain regular messages on Sustaining Peace on Ministry platforms
  • Work towards building conversations around Sustaining Peace among non-traditional audiences
  • Ensure Key Messages on peacebuilding and reconciliation are presented in visually appealing and engaging formats such as infographics, GIFs, videos etc.
  • Liaise with non-traditional partners on content creation and disseminating key messages to reach new audiences
  • Monitor electronic, digital and other media on a daily basis for stories, articles or other news that may be relevant to the peacebuilding process
  • Ensure Daily and/or weekly summaries are available for dissemination
  • Assist with the implementation of overall communication strategy on peacebuilding and reconciliation
  • Perform any other related tasks as required

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs

  • The Ministry’s internal and external capacity of communication is improved
  • Partnerships with non-traditional and traditional partners are established and strengthened to ensure wider reach of key messages
  • Ministry platforms are regularly updated with trilingual messages on sustaining peace
  • Key Messages on Peacebuilding and Reconciliation are presented in visually appealing and engaging formats
  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
  • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed


  • Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
  • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Required Skills and Experience


Required Degree Level: Secondary Education

Type of degree: Qualification in interactive media, graphic designing, communications or related field is desired


Required Experience: 0-2 years

Experience Description: Experience managing online platforms and developing infographics, GIFs, videos, social media posts etc is an added advantage

Language Skills:  Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in English, and Sinhala and/or Tamil


Conditions of Service: An 8-month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of LKR 61,893 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included, as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and a resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.


The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: National UN Volunteer - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Peace and Development
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Youth
    • Volunteerism
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-07

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