Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: PORT OF SPAIN
Posting Period: 25 February 2021 - 26 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-DGC-150581-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 Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for the Caribbean Area is one of 63 Information Centres within the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The UNIC uses strategic communications tools, activities and technical services to promote the mandate and goals of the United Nations in the Caribbean, and to deliver joint communications support to UN Country Teams, Resident Coordinator Offices, and Communications Groups within its Area of Responsibility.
Applications are invited for an unpaid internship assignment based at the United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Area (UNIC) in Port of Spain. The incumbent will be under the direct supervision of UNIC’s Director and the National Information Officer (NIO).
This internship is an unpaid assignment. Interns will be required to cover full time working hours, for a minimum of 4 months up to a maximum of 6 months. Part-time schedules may be arranged depending on the UNIC’s requirement.


Under the guidance of the Director and NIO of UNIC for the Caribbean Area, the daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s 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, 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, regional portal and social media) platforms, including drafting and editing of content; assisting implementation of strategies designed to widen the UNIC’s online 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 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- Identities 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 program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with Bachelor's degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent
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

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


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


Potential candidates will be contacted by 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

- IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient.
- List your top three areas of interest.

The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying( Details ))
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme)
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme (Information Centre for the Caribbean Area)
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to
the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of
constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and
prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
Interns will need to provide all necessary hardware (computer), software and internet connection to perform the
internship remotely.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of
securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All
employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is
committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs
staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.
Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment
process when requested and indicated in the application.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation
and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of
America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a nonimmigrant
visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another nonimmigrant
visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required,
employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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