Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION - Port of Spain, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: PORT OF SPAIN
Posting Period: 15 April 2020 - 27 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Public Information-DGC-134315-J-Port of Spain (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 Communication and Strategy Division internship (DGC) invites you to be part of an internship programme during 2020.

This internship position is based at the United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Area, which is located in the city of Port of Spain. 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 Port of Spain.

The internship is UNPAID and full time. This internship is available for 2 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).


Under the guidance of the Director and NIO of UNIC for the Caribbean Area, the daily responsibilities will depend on the individual academic background and interests. Internship
assignments will focus on supporting the production of written and audio-visual content and products for the website, online platforms and outreach programme of this UNIC.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:Assist in the production and delivery of information communications products and services;
Assist in the development and updating of internal databases, data-sharing and collaborative platforms.
Assist in the researching and compiling of basic information, and drafting of text, for use in the production of communications material about the UN.
Assist coordination of UNIC photographic records: produce digital imaging, write captions for UN photos, as required.
Assist preparation of material for, and participate in, meetings, briefings hm, and consultations with internal and external partners to develop communications activities.
Assist in the logistics coordination, writing, editing, post-production and distribution of UNIC multimedia material and products, including: participant communications, production material (cue
cards, production lists, scripts etc.), selection and cataloguing of audio and visual materials.
Assist in development, updating and maintenance of UNIC online (web site and social media) platforms, including: drafting and editing of content; assisting implementation of strategies designed
to widen to UNIC's on line audiences. Performs other duties as assigned.


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 the 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 meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent);
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
In addition, applicants must 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 includes the 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 UN Secretariat. For this internship fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This internship is an unpaid assignment. Interns will be required to cover full time working hours, for a minimum of 2 months up to a maximum of 6 months. Part-time schedules may be arranged depending on requirements.
Please note that only online applications using the Inspira portal will be considered. Both a Cover Note and a Personal History Profile are required and must be completed in Inspira. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
All cover notes must include:
- Details about your degree Programme.
- Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?).
- IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient.
- List your top three areas of interest.
- Explain your interest in an internship with the United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Area
In your online Personal History Profile please include any previous volunteer or work experiences, as well as the names and contact information for three references.
Candidates not based in Trinidad and Tobago who are selected for this internship will be responsible for making their own travel and visa arrangements.
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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