UNAOC is looking for a communications & Programme Intern – New York, USA

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

internshipWorking in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.


Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries. 

Background Information – Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services

Background Information – Job-specific

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), an initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, responds to a broad consensus across nations, cultures and religions that all societies are interdependent, bound together in their development and security, and in their environmental, economic and financial well-being. The Alliance seeks to forge collective political will and to mobilize concerted action at the institutional and civil society levels to overcome the prejudice, misperceptions and polarization that militate against such a consensus. The Alliance hopes to contribute to a coalescing global movement which, reflecting the will of the vast majority of people, rejects extremism in any society.

UNAOC, whose Secretariat is based in New York, NY, is funded by multiple donors and executed by UNOPS.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Media and Migration Specialist as well as the Web Design and Development Specialist, the Communications & Programme Intern will:

  • Contribute to the writing, editing, proofreading, production, and updating of electronic and printed materials.
  • Assist with design, editing, and production of graphic materials to support online and offline communications.
  • Assist with publishing articles, press releases, photos, graphics and multimedia elements in the UNAOC website and other digital assets.
  • Support communications projects as they arise, including conducting research and summarizing relevant information.
  • Provide general administrative support including taking meeting minutes, setting up meetings and conference calls, etc.
  • Assist with research and event planning and production

Learning Objectives:

  • The Communications & Programme Intern will apply his/her communications skills to help promote UNAOC programmes. He/she will learn about the different UNAOC initiatives and how to develop communications content and material for international projects. He/she will also learn about international program management and develop international event planning.

Expected Product and Deliverables:

  • The Communications & Programme Intern will contribute to intensifying activities of UNAOC online.
  • He/she will help increase UNAOC reach online and get more followers, more clicks, more hits, etc.
  • He/she will also participate in the organization of an international symposium in Europe. He/she will contribute to making sure the event is a success and that it receives great visibility in the media and on social media.



Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills; Excellent research skills and attention to details; Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Respect for Diversity

Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender and geographical balance.


Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines; Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Technological Awareness

Proficient with Information Technology; Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.





Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Applicants must be pursuing a University Degree preferably in   Multimedia, Information Technology, Journalism, Communications, International Relations, or have graduated from such studies within the last 3 years.


  • Any prior work experience is not required.

The following experience is desirable:


  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, and experience in developing different types of content for different audiences and mediums
  • Experience with social media
  • Full command of Microsoft Office suite of products


  • Basic HTML knowledge
  • Strong graphic design and layout skills, including familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. Proficiency in Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe After Effects would be a plus
  • Experience with WordPress is necessary. Experience with other Content Management Systems (e.g. Drupal) would be a bonus


  • Quick and thorough research and data analysis
  • Proficiency in drawing relevant information from technical content
  • Interest in global media and a good understanding of global migration
  • Experience in event planning

English as a first language; fluency in both spoken and written English; working knowledge of other UN language(s) is an asset.


Contract type, level and duration – Internship

Contract type: Internship
Contract level: N/A
Contract duration: 3 months

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff 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  from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 500 USD. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel, insurance coverage and any necessary visas.

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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.
  • 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.

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