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Existing Volunteer Opportunities

Samoa is part of a UNESCO regional initiative to provide education and information to parents of preschool children through community learning centres. The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture has been involved in adapting and translating the programme guidebook and handbook into Samoan and training parent educators to deliver the programme to parents. The study undertaken would be to document the process and explore how this is being sustained and further developed in Samoa after the initial setting up period has been completed.

Implementation of the Samoa NFE Policy

This study centres on student learning (literacy and numeracy) in the Pacific. The focus will be on countries where UNESCO has carried out teacher training, looking at the number of trained/certified teachers in the last few years and trying to obtain up to date literacy and numeracy information to see if there has been any change

Study on Strategy for Developing Cultural Industries in the Pacific

The research will include a literature review of arts and cultural industries in the Pacific; collection, collation and analysis of data; and a survey of the contribution of culture to sustainable development. Applicants with a background in cultural studies/social sciences or experience in the area of development cooperation would be preferred.

Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Samoa

Within the framework of a project for the capacity building of the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Asia and the Pacific, two workshops, one on the implementation of the ICH Convention (February 2013) and the other on community-based inventorying will be held (October 2013) in Samoa in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC). Applicants with a background in cultural studies would be preferred.  Knowledge of vidual anthropology would be an asset.

Study on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming for the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in the Pacific

The research will include a literature review of women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming in the Pacific; collection, collation and analysis of data; and a survey of the role of culture in relation to gender and gender-based violence. Interns with a background in cultural studies/social sciences or experience in the area of gender would be preferred. Knowledge of culture in the Pacific would be an asset.

Climate Change, Education and Community Level Adaptation

A new project entitled “Community understandings of climate change and down scaling the science of climate change to community-level adaptation” - an intersectoral activity of the Apia Field Office is about to be launched.  The key project objective is to have an improved understanding of how Pacific people perceive and relate to the concept of climate change and how this can be utilized through effective educational and awareness that leads to behavioural change. Applicants with a background in climate change adaptation or experience in the area of education would be preferred. Knowledge of the impacts of climate change in the Pacific would be an asset.

Development of a Pacific University Network and Science Forum

UNESCO and partners are motivated to establish a Pacific Universities Regional Network Initiative. The overall purpose is to provide support in establishing a Pacific universities network in combination with the UNESCO-led initiative to support the elaboration of the Pacific science, technology and Innovation policy, while building on and linking with existing initiatives including PACE-NET. Applicants with some experience in networking and coordination would be preferred. Knowledge and experience in workshop / conference organisation will be an asset.

Pacific Man and Biosphere Reserves (PacMAB)

UNESCO Apia Office would like to revitalise its initiative and activities in regards to the Pacific Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme (PacMAB). UNECSO requires additional technical and organisational support in the setting up of PacMAB network, as well as assisting in the organisation, planning of a major meeting envisaged to take place in the Pacific region in mid 2013. Applicants with a background in ecology, social ecology, environmental change related studies or some experience in the area of MAB would be preferred. Knowledge and experience in workshop / conference organisation will be an asset.

Gender Analysis of Pacific Youth Policies

This review will establish an evaluation framework for assessing the gendered aspects of National Youth Policies, analyse existing policies from Pacific countries and develop a gender checklist for the use in future policy development. Applicants must have excellent skills in gender and development.

Study on the Role of Sport in Pacific Development

The research will include a literature review; survey of sports and development programs; and a country case study. Applicants with a background in development studies or social studies preferred. Experience working with sporting organisations would be an advantage.

Study on Climate-Change Related Migration in the Pacific

The research will include a literature review of climate change and migration in the Pacific; collection, collation and analysis of relevant migration data; and a survey of Pacific migrants. Interns with a background in social studies or experience in the area of migration would be preferred. Knowledge of the impacts of climate change in the Pacific would be an asset

Establishment of a Corporate Archiving and Library Management Program

UNESCO has a wealth of publications, materials and information generated from its many years of work in the Pacific. Setting up clear processes for organising this material and better management in the future will be the focus of the project. Applicants with a background in information management, library management or administration preferred. Knowledge of electronic file management and archiving systems/software would be an asset.

UNESCO Communication Activities

UNESCO Apia has a Communication Strategy that includes a range of products for our clients and the general public including a website, publications and maintaining close relationships with our key partners in the Pacific.  We are looking for someone who could further develop our activities in innovative ways. Applicants with a background in Communications or IT preferred.

Development of Pacific Media Organisations

UNESCO has an on-going program supporting the professionalization and capacity development of Pacific Media Organisations. Focus areas include journalist safety, codes of ethics, reporting on key development topics (MDGs, climate change, HIV&AIDS). We are seeking an intern/volunteer who will work with national and regional media and journalist organisations to further develop this program. Applicants with a background in journalism or communications preferred.

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