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About the Institute (UNU-BIOLAC)
United Nations University – Programme for Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC): Located in Caracas, Venezuela, UNU-BIOLAC was established in 1988. UNU-BIOLAC is a capacity development programme in biotechnology that belongs to the UNU system. The programme’s main goal is to provide tools to facilitate the training and research in biotechnology thus contributing to the economic and social development of the Latin American region. These actions are taken to keep a balance between science, technology and modern society. The creation of UNU-BIOLAC was considered as a first step in the establishment of an international institute for the development of biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean with headquarters located in Venezuela.
- Provide logistical support to upcoming events and campaigns
- Updates for mailing list and newsletter (Email Marketing experience useful but not initially needed)
- Assist to curate and produce engaging content in a variety of formats (Articles, Infographics, Basic Graphics, Images, Video, Email, any other deemed by the supervisor)
- Research topics of interest to UNU-BIOLAC in the field of Biotechnology for Latin America and the Caribbean
- Work with academic content and develop related communications pieces for various audiences within the network
- Support the development and continuous update of UNU-BIOLAC’s website and social media channels
- Assist with conceptualisation and implementation of engaging campaigns on UNU-BIOLAC research and activities
- Assist with building and engaging online communities
- Assist with monitoring UNU-BIOLAC’s digital media activity
- Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor
- Inclusion – Take action to create an environment of dignity and respect for all, regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, geography, grade, language, nationality, racial identity, religion, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, social origin or any other aspect of identity.
- Integrity – Act ethically, demonstrating the standards of conduct of the United Nations and taking prompt action in case of witnessing unprofessional or unethical behaviour, or any other breach of UN standards.
- Humility – Demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to learn from others.
- Humanity – Act according to the purposes of the United Nations: peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.
- Connect and Collaborate – Build positive relationships with others to advance the work of the United Nations and work coherently as One UN
- Analyse and Plan – Seek out and use data from a wide range of sources to understand problems, inform decision-making, propose evidence-based solutions and plan action
- Deliver Results with Positive Impact – Hold oneself and others accountable for delivering results and making a positive difference to the people and causes that the United Nations serves
- Learn and Develop – Pursue own learning and development and contribute to the learning and development of others
- Adapt and Innovate – Demonstrate flexibility, agility and the ability to think and act in novel ways
Minimum qualifications and experience include:
- Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’ degree in Communications Sciences, Journalism, International Studies or related fields preferable but not mandatory.
- Strong interest in the work of the United Nations University in general, and particularly in the Programme for Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Proficiency level in MS Office applications, particularly with high skills in the use of Excel
- Proficiency level in producing content for Social Media, coordinating digital campaigns and knowledge of Newsletter tools.
- Basic Graphic Design Skills (Canva and/or Photoshop or Illustrator)
- Basic Video Editing Skills
- Database development and content management systems are assets
- Proficiency in English language is mandatory
Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources, such as universities or other institutions, will receive a stipend from UNU to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.
The monthly amount of the stipend will be determined for each duty station based on the stipend rates in effect. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly. Duration of contract: The duration of the internship is 2-6 months.
Expected start date: As soon as possible
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or a competency-based interview, and references.
Special notice The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNU but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Interns do not hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations and may not represent UNU in any official capacity. UNU accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged. UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
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UNU reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this internship announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this internship cohort for upcoming internships within the next 2 years.
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