Communications Intern

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Background Information - Myanmar

Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia and globally, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS also provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including the international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund established in Myanmar in 2009. LIFT’s work contributes to three outcomes: 1) Improved nutritional status, particularly for women and children; 2) Increased household income and assets with greater control by women; and, 3) Reduced vulnerability of households and individuals to shocks, stresses and risks. To date, of the most vulnerable people, roughly 38 per cent of Myanmar’s population have benefitted from LIFT’s programmes. LIFT has committed to localization and promoting local leadership, with a set of goals as priorities for 2021 and onwards. For LIFT’s 2019-2023 strategy and other details visit

LIFT is managed by the United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS) and has received funding from 16 international donors. The current donors are the United Kingdom, the European Union, Switzerland, Australia, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Norway.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Communications Analyst, the Communications Intern will work with the LIFT Communications Team, assisting in the development of multimedia products which can be publications, infographics, videos and other communications materials.

Functional Responsibilities


The Communications Intern will work in the Communications Unit in the LIFT office in Yangon. The role will focus primarily on producing communications materials for UNOPS-managed LIFT projects. These projects are varied, covering a range of development sectors. The work of the unit is diverse and requires a significant level of multitasking. The intern will be required to deliver high quality products to tight deadlines. Additionally, the Communications Intern will also closely coordinate with LIFT programme units as well as the other funds’ communication and partnership units under the UNOPS Myanmar office.

The Communications Intern shall be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Assist in design, layout and format of publications, and other printed and web-based communications materials, to LIFT and UNOPS branding guidelines.
  • Assist the in-house Graphic Designer and develop design and layout options for the assigned tasks and suggest alternative options for better presentation when necessary.
  • Assist to develop infographics to present key messages and organise various sets of information into clearly illustrated visual presentations.
  • Support in providing a comprehensive graphic guide or note on color schemes, margins and paper types to print houses.
  • Participate in discussions to brainstorm design ideas for newsletter, factsheets, web contents etc. in line with LIFT and UNOPS brand and style guidelines.
  • Assist in the production and editing of short videos and photos for the web.
  • Assist with internal/external communications, including the production of graphic elements for LIFT social media channels.
  • Assist in the admin and procurement work of the communications unit.
  • Provide a monthly report on deliverables and discuss learning and development with the team during the assignment.
  • Prepare a monthly media and social media monitoring update of LIFT and partners’ activities.

Training components and participation in missions

UNOPS highly values interns' contribution and appreciates 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 BSAFE course 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 UNOPS Myanmar’s Induction Training, which 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.

Terms and Conditions

The intern is responsible for all costs associated with the internship (e.g. accommodation, health insurance, travel and necessary visa arrangements).

UNOPS Myanmar will provide the intern with the following:

  • LIFT is currently working from home and you will be provided a laptop
  • When the office resume the back-to-office policy, you will work together with the Communications team in shared office including computer, stationery and landline telephone
  • A small stipend for those not receiving any funding from other institutions
  • If mission travel is undertaken, Daily Subsistence Allowance, in accordance with UN policy

At the end of this internship, the successful candidate will have gained:

  • Exposure to UNOPS processes and activities;
  • Exposure to an international work environment;
  • Specific experience in Diversity and Inclusion;

The internship comes with no expectations of future employment with UNOPS as a direct result of the internship. The internship is offered for a period of 6 months. Candidates who are unable to commit to 6 months are requested to not apply.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Either currently enrolled in a Bachelor or Masters in a relevant subject such as in graphic design, website development, communications, development, social sciences or a related field, or a graduate of such studies within three years prior to the application date of the internship.
  • Specialised certification in a relevant field (i.e. Communication, Graphic Design or Multimedia) is desirable.


  • A minimum of one year’s experience in communications (skills in social media marketing will be an additional asset), graphic design and layout or related work would be desirable.
  • Familiar in using tools such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, illustrating tables, charts, maps and other graphic elements for communication and promotional materials and events would be an asset.

Language skills

  • Good oral and written English skills are required. Fluency in Myanmar Language is required.

Computer literacy

  • Solid knowledge of G Suite is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud is highly desired (particularly Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator).
  • Web and audiovisual editing skills, experience with Content Management Systems and/or basic skills in HTML would be an asset.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

In addition, please attach the following documents with the application:

  1. CV (maximum 2 pages)
  2. Cover Letter (maximum 1 page)
  3. Layout or graphic design sample (minimum 2)

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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