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Vacancy Notice: Environmental Communications Intern

Internship Assignment

Natural Sciences Unit, UNESCO Phnom Penh Office

Terms of Reference

Reference No: INT/NSU/004

Functional Title: Environmental Communications Intern

Organizational Unit: Natural Sciences Unit, UNESCO Phnom Penh Office

Duty Station: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Duration of the contract: At least 3 - 6 months (full-time)

Application deadline: 10 August 2021

Language Requirement: Excellent spoken and written English and Khmer is required for this assignment

Start Date: As soon as possible

Background:

As the United Nations specialized agency with a specific mandate for science, UNESCO works to advance and promote science in the interests of peace, sustainable development and human livelihoods, in close collaboration with its Member States and a wide variety of partners, through its Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia, covering up to 1-1.6 million ha in the wet season with 8-11 m deep. It harbours rich biological diversity and ecosystems as well as vast cultural heritage, being one of the world's most productive inland fishing waters. Recognizing its unique ecological, economic and cultural values, Tonle Sap was inscribed on the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 1997, and intently enforced by Royal Decree in 2001.

The Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve (TSBR) project, implemented by the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, line ministries, and relevant stakeholders and partners, aims to provide a robust coordination architecture for the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, to preserve the lake's resources and sustainably improve livelihoods of local communities, by strengthening functions of the TSBR, which include conservation, livelihoods development, and knowledge-exchange, as outlined through UNESCO's MAB Programme. The project is implemented as part of the 'FAO Complementary Support to the Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector - Capture Component (CAPFISH-Capture program)', funded by the European Union.

A qualified Intern is required to support the implementation of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve project, and related Natural Science initiatives of Phnom Penh Office, in line with the functions of the assignment.

Overview of the functions of the post:

Under the overall authority of UNESCO Representative to Cambodia, and the direct supervision of the Associate Project Officer and National Project Officer of Natural Sciences Unit in UNESCO Phnom Penh Office, the national intern shall undertake the following tasks in relation to the TSBR project, and related natural science initiatives, including:

  1. Provide support with Communications and Visibility Initiatives for the TSBR project, and related Natural Science initiatives.
  2. Design and develop Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for the project, such as infographics, animation videos, and other suitable products.*
  3. Support in enhancing visibility of project initiatives, through dissemination of IEC products to target audience, including through social media and other relevant platforms.
  4. Carry out any additional tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the project team and UNESCO Country Representative.

*Knowledge and demonstrated experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, Adobe InDesign and/or photo/video editing software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom and Premier Pro) is essential for this assignment. Demonstrated experience and deep understanding of social media management across platforms is desirable. Furthermore, solid understanding of biodiversity conservation, wildlife and ecosystem management is desirable.

The following outcomes are expected:

Outputs during the assignment will include:

1. A set of IEC materials, designed and developed, to communicate to target audience relevant key messages on different aspects of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, and its significant for social and economic development of Cambodia. This will include identifying suitable materials, design, testing and development, in line with UNESCO's communication and visibility guidelines and standards.

2. Support the project team in identifying and implementing strategies to widely disseminate IEC materials to target audience, through online and offline platforms, to raise awareness about the TSBR and its conservation and sustainable development.

Qualifications/Requirements:

Education: Degree of full-time university studies (bachelor's degree or equivalent) at a university or equivalent in a relevant field such as Media and Communication, marketing, environmental communications, science communication, design or related fields is required. Advanced degree in the above or related fields is preferred.

Language: Excellent English and Khmer language skills are essential (grammar, writing and speaking).

Required Skills: Knowledge and demonstrated experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, Adobe InDesign and photo/video editing software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom and Premier Pro) is essential for this assignment. Demonstrated experience and deep understanding of social media management across platforms is desirable. Furthermore, solid understanding of biodiversity conservation, wildlife and ecosystem management is desirable.

Competencies:

  • Knowledge and experience using desktop graphic design software, publishing software and typesetting software is essential. Solid understanding of biodiversity conservation, wildlife and ecosystem management is desired.
  • Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization
  • Works effectively in a multi-cultural team environment
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including written and oral
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Applicant must be self-motivated and take pride in their work.

How to Apply:

Note - You can apply for this internship if:

  1. You have completed your full-time university studies (bachelor's degree or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment

or

  1. You are enrolled in a graduate programme (second university degree or Master's degree or equivalent, or higher), at the time of application

or

  1. You have recently graduated with a university degree (first or second degree as defined above), within the last 12 months

Interested and eligible candidates must apply by completing both steps (1) and (2) below:

(1) Please apply with a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter explaining motivation and prior relevant experience, to [email protected](link sends e-mail).

The subject of the email should be 'Internship Application: UNESCO PNP Office - Natural Sciences Unit - Ref: INT/NSU/004'

(2) To know more about the internship programme, please carefully go through this webpage: https://en.unesco.org/careers/internships

Applicants are requested to carefully go through the instructions given and ensure that they meet all requirements before submitting an application.

Applicants are also requested to submit their applications to the UNESCO Internship Programme, available at the following link: https://en.unesco.org/careers/internships

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.

In line with UNESCO's overall gender mainstreaming strategy, the incumbent is expected to integrate a gender perspective in all activities and apply gender analysis and mainstreaming concepts whenever possible.

UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.