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Information Assistant

Bangkok (Thailand)

Background

The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) supports the UN Resident Coordinator in the provision of overall coordination support to UN development activities in Thailand. The UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Thailand are required to keep abreast of the overall political and macro-economic situation to assess the impact these developments can have on human development achievements and progress in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Peace and Development Adviser (PDA) within the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, the Information Assistant will support the PDA in deepening the understanding of current events and development, including the overall political situation.  

1. Support the implementation of RCO communications and advocacy strategies:

  • Monitor Thai and English language national and local main media (print, TV, radio and social), and keep the UN Resident Coordinator Office informed of developments.
  • Identify and connect with national and local organizations, including those that may carry out information analysis, to establish collaboration, information sharing, etc.;
  • Provide analysis, investigate political developments and assess the socio-economic impact of political situation on development in Thailand; 
  • Attend external discussions on related issues (in English or Thai), including outside of Bangkok as needed, and report back to the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator with key points summarized, as required.
  • Provide inputs on the operational context and the UN Country Teams activities in areas of political affairs and human rights for various reports and briefs, including the Annual Report of the UN Resident Coordinator.  

2. Facilitation of knowledge building and management:

  • Support the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in drafting English-language blogs that can be posted on the UNCT’s digital spaces as part of the team’s effort to develop more original content that highlights the work of the UN system in Thailand.
  • Support the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in summarizing and analyzing Thai language documents, reaching out to relevant partners and, if needed, organize meetings with stakeholders, providing some interpretation services and reporting.
  • Develop linkages with Thai academic institutions, including in the south of Thailand, through coordination with faculty staff and organization of joint events. 

Competencies

Core:

Innovation
Level 2: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Leadership
Level 2: Proactively identifies new opportunities and challenges
  • Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management
Level 2: Takes ownership of responsibilities
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Communication
Level 2: Understands, explains and shares information on assigned tasks with accuracy and clarity
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Delivery
Level 2: Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services.
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
 
Technical/Functional:
 
Client Orientation
Level 2: Execute & Learn: Execute & Learn: Perform defined tasks
 
Job Knowledge
Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
 
Building Partnerships
Level 2:Execute & Learn:Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
 
Advocacy
Level 2: Technical Assistance: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Thai national with Secondary Education or equivalent.  Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Law, International Studies or related fields would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years (or 2 years with Bachelor’s Degree) of progressively responsible experience in research and working on current affairs issues in Thailand;
  • Knowledge of Thailand political and social landscape
  • Proven analytical capacities and drafting skills, including writing blogs and other publishable materials
  • Working experience in research work and media monitoring
  • Ability to develop relationships with local and international stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently, in adherence to United Nations Core Values of integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Thai, including ability to converse and read local media and social media postings.

Disclaimer

Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: SB-3, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-30

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