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Communications Intern, Multiple positions

Yangon (Myanmar)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-12

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Background Information - Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

In partnership with the Government of Myanmar and other partners, the Access to Health Fund strengthens the national health system at all levels, extending access for poor and vulnerable populations to quality health services. The Access to Health Fund has a particular focus on improving health equity in Myanmar, with emphasis on the hardest-to-reach and most vulnerable populations, many in conflict-affected areas. Focus areas of the Fund include maternal, newborn and child health, combating HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and health system strengthening to deliver sustainable, efficient and responsive healthcare across Myanmar. The Fund is aligned to the Ministry of Health and Sports priorities and National Health Plan, which is aimed towards universal health coverage by 2030

The intern will work in the Communications Unit of the Access to Health Fund, under direct supervision of Manager, Communications and Directors Office.  They will be involved in producing content for the 3MDG website, external publications, factsheets, newsletter, key stakeholder materials, video scripts, health materials and social media campaigns. The intern will also be involved in providing feedback and coaching to material written in English by colleagues in the Access to Health office.

Functional Responsibilities

1.      Duties and Responsibilities

Specific intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing high-quality copy for external news stories, newsletter, factsheets and web content.
  • Editing and proofreading copy, publications and websites.
  • Providing feedback and editing for colleagues in writing in English language
  • Assisting with internal communications content
  • Assisting with research and writing for the annual report and other publications.
  • Assisting with the distribution of communications products. 
  • General administration and support.
  • Reporting to and performing other duties as requested by the Communications Specialist. 

2. Terms and Conditions

UNOPS Myanmar will provide the intern with the following:

  • Workspace in a shared office including computer, stationery, land line telephone
  • Use of common office facilities, as for all UNOPS staff
  • A monthly stipend from UNOPS, if they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lump sum of USD 500 if the intern is not receiving travel funding from other institutions. However, interns must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel, insurance coverage.
  • Assistance with application for work visa

The internship comes with no expectations of future employment with UNOPS as a direct result of the internship.

Candidates who are unable to commit to 6 months are requested to not apply.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • Enrolment in a University Degree or significant course work (if degree still ongoing) in journalism, communications, development or a related field. Applicants who have graduated from such studies within the past three years will also be considered eligible for the position.

Experience

  • Writing and editing news and feature articles. Applicants must be fluent in English and be able to write clearly and concisely in the language. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an online copywriting test in English. 
  • Experience in coaching and providing feedback, especially in writing (Note. Does not need to be formal experience, can be unpaid, tutoring, university) is required
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and determination to meet deadlines is required.
  • Computer literacy: Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills is required.
  • Journalism/communications experience is desirable
  • Knowledge of/demonstrated interest in development work is an asset
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign is an asset
  • Knowledge of a CMS system is an asset

Language Skills

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.

Competencies

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Intern
Contract level: Intern
Contract duration: 6 months


Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel. They will receive support to secure their necessary visas. This internship is not designed to lead to a position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend of 650 USD per month from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lump sum of 500 USD. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel, and other insurance coverage. 

For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/jobopportunities/whatweoffer/Pages/Internshipsandvolunteering.aspx
 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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