Myanmar: Communications Assistant (Intern) International

Organization: UNOPS
Country: Myanmar
Closing date: 13 Nov 2016

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and
procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.
With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Background Information – Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is under the UNOPS Asia, Europe and Middle East Regional Office and was established to support, develop and oversee UNOPS’ portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar which focus on health programmes and livelihoods and rural development. UNOPS Myanmar ensures that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed.

The UNOPS Myanmar portfolio currently includes fund management of the multi-donor Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM), as well as the Regional Artemisinin Resistance Containment Initiative (RAI). UNOPS is also expanding its infrastructure and procurement services in Myanmar, including advisory services in these areas.

UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS’ partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is also responsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors, NGOs and UN Agencies.

Background Information – Job-specific

The intern will work in the Communications unit of the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG) under direct supervision of 3MDG Communications Officer, and the overall supervision of UNOPS Head of Communications and Partnership. He/she will be involved in producing graphic materials, such as factsheets and layout of reports and producing written materials for a range of internal and external products for print and online use. Work will also include production/editing of video and photos. The work will be highly varied and include traditional print materials as well
as website and social media campaigns.

Functional Responsibilities

  1. Duties and Responsibilities

Specific intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with design of communications materials (using tools such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Assist with the production and editing of short videos and photo montages for the web.
  • Writing high-quality copy for external news stories, factsheets and web content.
  • Editing and proofreading copy, publications and websites.
  • Assisting with internal/external communications, including production of the newsletter Assisting with research and compilation of information for 3MDG annual report and other publications.
  • Researching and analysing information on field projects.
  • General administration and support.
  • Reporting to and performing other duties as requested by 3MDG Communications Officer and UNOPS Head of Communications and Partnerships.

The intern is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and
that of UNOPS.

  1. Training components and participation in missions

UNOPS highly values interns’ contributions and realizes the importance of learning during an internship. UNOPS thus provides a wealth of opportunities for on-the-job training, studying project-related documents, data analysis and preparation of reports and statistics. UNOPS encourages the intern to raise specific wishes regarding learning opportunities before and during the internship.

The intern will be required to take Basic and Advanced Security in the Field courses before arrival and the Department of Safety and Security briefing immediately after arrival. S/he will take the online UN and UNOPS induction courses on arrival. The intern will participate in the UNOPS Myanmar Induction Training that comprehensively covers all aspects of UNOPS work in Myanmar. S/he will have access to a large offering of online training on the comprehensive UNOPS intranet and opportunities to communicate with UNOPS HQ, Regional Office, and other country offices.

The duties are Yangon-based. Missions outside Yangon are not foreseen but are possible, if such support is required for partnerships

  1. Terms and Conditions

UNOPS Myanmar will provide the intern with the following:

Workspace in a shared office including computer, stationery, • land line telephone
• Use of common office facilities, as for all UNOPS staff
• Interns may be eligible for a small monthly stipend from UNOPS, as per UNOPS Myanmar intern policy
• If mission travel is undertaken, Daily Subsistence Allowance, in accordance with UN policy
• Assistance with application for work visa

Interns must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and insurance coverage.
The internship comes with no expectations of future employment with UNOPS as a direct result of the internship.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s degree in health, public health, health economics, epidemiology, social science, statistics, or other related field (Additional two years of similar experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in lieu as equivalent).
  • A Project Management Certification (e.g. Prince 2 Foundation) would be an asset


  • A minimum 2 years of relevant experience in the provision or management of health programmes, including primary health care, MNCH is required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in a complex environment; is desirable
  • Previous successful involvement with, and/or good knowledge • of NGO’s and
  • civil society is asset;
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills, and ability to establish good working relations with colleagues and stakeholders in a sensitive environment would be great asset;
  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits in challenging conditions is desirable;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills would be significant asset;


Fluency in both written and spoken English and Myanmar is required.


Professionalism – Proven ability work independently, identify issues, and recommend solutions. Familiarity with UN and UNOPS rules, regulations and policies. Ability to work systematically, accurately and under pressure.
Planning and organizing – Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision.
Result-oriented – Ability to focus on the result for the clients and respond positively to feedback.
Client orientation – Ability to identify clients’ needs and appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients.
Communication – Proven ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally. High proficiency in both written and spoken English.
Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and different stake holders with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Self-reliant: Ability to act independently with a minimum of supervision. Specific assignments may be reviewed while in progress; however the majority are reviewed on completion. Routine duties are performed independently.
Technological awareness – Excellent computer skills and ability to use software tools in a creative and engaging way.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Intern (International)
Contract level: Other
Contract duration: 6 Months

Additional Considerations

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time.
• Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
• Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
• Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
• For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
•All applications must be made on UNOPS Global Personnel Recruitment System (GPRS).

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