Post Title: Youth Program Intern/Volunteer – unpaid
Post Level: Internship/Volunteer
Org Unit: UN Alliance of Civilizations
Duty Station: New York, NY
Duration: 3-4 months
Closing Date: May 29, 2012
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) seeks to reduce tensions across cultural divides that threaten to inflame existing political conflicts or trigger new ones. Through preventive diplomacy initiatives, it works at the grassroots level, promoting education, youth, media and migration projects aimed at building trust and respect among diverse communities. The Alliance was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. In April 2007, the United Nations Secretary-General appointed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the Alliance. The Alliance is supported by a Group of Friends – a community of over 120 member countries and international organizations and bodies.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The UNAOC Youth Program seeks to raise awareness about the important role that young people play in fostering cross-cultural understanding. More precisely, the UNAOC Youth Program aims to a) contribute to further enhance the capacity of youth to effectively implement initiatives advancing cross-cultural understanding, b) develop mechanisms and networks to facilitate partnership building, and c) ensure that decision-makers recognize young people’s contribution in building understanding between people of various cultural and religious backgrounds. Several initiatives under the UNAOC Youth Program support these objectives, including the Summer Schools and the Youth Website.
The UNAOC is looking for an intern who will, under the supervision of the Director and the Projects and Liaison Officer, have the following responsibilities:
Youth Website and other web work, June-September 2012 (25%)
• On a periodic basis, upload new information (text, photos, video) on Youth Website using Word Press;
• Respond to questions sent through Youth Website and monitor comments posted by youth;
• Support a group of youth organizing an on-line campaign against the use of xenophobic rhetoric in political discourse (e.g. set up most web aspects, monitor use of website, etc.);
• Support the UNAOC in engaging youth for an on-line dialogue regarding development and diversity (e.g. support organization of on-line web aspects, monitor discussions, etc.)
Summer School(s), June-August 2012 (50%):
• Disseminate the calls for applications to all youth organizations member of the UNAOC Youth network; post information on Youth Website and UNAOC Website;
• Respond to questions from all applicants and update the FAQ on the Youth Website, if needed;
• Develop and update an excel table of applications received;
• Review all applications for eligibility and set aside eligible applications; support the selection of participants to the Summer School;
• Alert all applicants about the results of the selection process; and
• Together with Administrative Associate, ensure logistical coordination (venue, flights, visas, accommodation, meals, etc.) for all selected participants to each Summer School.
• Support the Director and the Projects and Liaison Officer for any other youth-related initiative.
Skills and Qualifications:
· Currently enrolled in an advanced university degree program (i.e. Master’s Degree or equivalent).
· Applicants must have an excellent knowledge of English with advanced written and verbal skills. Knowledge of other languages is an advantage.
· Excellent organizational and communication skills; attention to detail; and determination to meet deadlines.
· Computer literacy with strong knowledge of Online Content Management Systems (such as WordPress).
· Previous experience with social media and strong event organization skills is highly desirable.
Submission of Applications:
Qualified candidates may submit their application including: a letter of interest; complete Curriculum Vitae; and an updated United Nations Personal History Form P11 http://www.unops.org/english/whoweneed/Pages/Employmentoverview.aspx via e-mail to email@example.com. Kindly indicate the vacancy title “Youth Program Intern” in the subject line when applying by email.
The first lines of the email application must state the following in this exact format:
Gender: (male / female)
Years of relevant experience:
Degrees / Industry Certifications: (abbreviation and name of school/college/university)
Current / Last position title:
UNAOC reserves the right to reject any application without the above format in the submission email. Covering letter should follow in the body of the email submission.
· Applying early is an advantage as qualified candidates will be reviewed immediately.
· The successful incumbent will be offered an internship agreement or a volunteer agreement.
· Interns and volunteers at UNAOC do not receive any remuneration. As such, interns are responsible for all cost associated with the internship, including but not limited to, cost of health insurance coverage, travel and accommodation in New York, USA.
· Interns and volunteers are responsible for arranging their own travel to New York, USA.
UNOPS office will secure necessary arrangements for visa to the United States.