Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION - Rio de Janeiro, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: RIO DE JANEIRO
Posting Period: 12 March 2020 - 30 April 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Public Information-DGC-133619-J-Rio de Janeiro (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Information Centre as part of the Department of Global Communications / Strategic Communications Division invites you to be part of an internship programme during the Spring/Summer of 2020.

The internship position is located in the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Rio de Janeiro City. UNICs are the principal sources of information about the United Nations system in the countries where they are located, they are also responsible for promoting greater public understanding of and support for the aims and activities of the United Nations by disseminating information on the work of the Organization to people everywhere, especially in developing countries. The incumbent is under the direct supervision of UNIC’s Director and/or the National Information Officer (NIO). He or she reports to the NIO of UNIC Rio de Janeiro.

The internship is UNPAID and full time. This internship is available for 4 months with the possibility of extension for a maximum of 6 months depending on the needs of the office and availability of the candidate. Interns work five days per week (35 hours).


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: Provide general office support; respond to complex information requests and inquiries of UNIC Rio; draft media and other communication documents; Assist with producing cards and design materials for exhibitions, folders, posters, invites, brochures, leaflets, etc; Assist with translations from/to English of text or/and video or/and graphics; Perform basic video and photo editing in Adobe Creative Suite (such as Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign); Work on event management and organization; Assist in organizing activities; Assist compiling of basic information for use in the preparation and production of communications products/services about the UN; Assist with UNIC Rio photographic material; by producing digital imaging; write captions for UN photos, when required; Assist in the production and editing of UNIC Rio video/film projects; Assist in development and final production of social media products, as well as enrich potential online initiatives to audiences to raise awareness of the UN work; Performs other duties as assigned.

Please specify in the cover letter your area of interest (content production – journalism, video, text or design - or events)


COMMUNICATION: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must: 1) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a Bachelor's (final year), Master's or PH.D. or equivalent in Journalism, Communication, Arts or Media Studies, Design or Graphic Design areas or 2) Be computer literate in standard software applications;- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants must be a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach a current official proof from the education institution to this effect to your application?


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in Portuguese and knowledge of English are required for the internship.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include:
^ Title of degree you are currently pursuing .
^ Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme).
^ List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in, including level of knowledge of social media and their platforms.
^ List your top three areas of interest/department preferences.
^ Explain why you are the best candidate for this internship.
^ Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
^ This internship is designed only for Communication, Design or Graphic Design students or graduated Communication, Design or Graphic Design students. A portfolio will be requested during the selection process.
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, knowledge of social media and their platforms and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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