Intern with the Information and Communication Technology Unit (ICTU)
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both societies at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
UNV engages over 9,450 volunteer assignments annually. With an average age of 34 years and the requisite professional skills and qualifications of some with 5 to 10 years relevant experience. The majority come from developing countries themselves. Roughly one half of UN Volunteers served in their own countries, with the other half carrying out international assignments. The financial equivalent of programme activities exceeds US$ 235 million annually.
UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 120 staff positions – with a large presence in Bonn and some positions with different UN peacekeeping and political missions, and in other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo) and Regional Offices (Nairobi, Dakar, Bangkok, Panama, Istanbul, and Amman).
UNV Information and Communications Technology Unit (ICTU), located in Bonn, Germany, is responsible for creating and maintaining multiple corporate applications.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the ICT Unit Chief, the Intern will support the unit as follows:
- Develop attractive monthly newsletter by compiling all ICT Unit members deliveries.
- Compile and publish team meeting, unit meeting and project-specific meeting minutes.
- Attend business analysis meetings and compile action points.
- Update current ICT service line diagram based on most recent services provided.
- Develop appealing videos showcasing ICT Unit services, for internal audience.
- Assist other assigned activities within the ICT Unit, as necessary
- Update the ICT Unit workplan deliveries.
- Provide trainings and webinars
- Run surveys on UNV staff feedback on ICT Unit services and provide action plan
- General understanding of the work and mission of the UNV programme, and of volunteerism’s contribution to peace and development effectiveness.
- Insight and hands-on experience in UNV’s broad range of operational ICT activities.
- Insight and hands-on experience in volunteer management; and
- Become more familiar with working in an International Organization and in a multicultural environment.
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
- Currently enrolled or having recently graduated from a Master’s / Professional degree / academic programme in Communications, Marketing, Social Sciences or a related field.
- Strong interest in development cooperation and in the work of the United Nations Volunteers programme.
- Client orientation
- Excellent oral and written communications skills as well as proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required. Knowledge of Visio and other design applications would be an asset.
- Interest and experience in volunteering is a strong asset.
- Experience in developing countries is desirable.
- Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN language is desirable
- Intern are eligible to receive a monthly stipend with the rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly;
- Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP Stipend;
- Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions;
- UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship;
- The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
- Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the successful candidate will be expected to work remotely;
- The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
- Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website;
- The application must contain a) Cover letter and b) Curriculum Vitae. Please compile all the documents into one pdf. file to be uploaded with your application.
The selected candidate will be required to provide the following additional documents:
- A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician.
- Proof of medical insurance valid for the duration of the internship.
- Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree program, specifying the expected graduation date, or diploma if the applicant has graduated within the last year;
- A copy of his/her current school transcript;
- A letter of recommendation from a professor;
- A signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
- Copy of passport
This internship is for local recruitment only. It is open to citizens of the European Union (EU) member states or holders of valid residence/student permit in EU member states. All travel, interview and relocation costs, if any, incurred to take up this internship at the duty station in Bonn are at the expense of the applicant.