Intern or Volunteer for Sciences for Society (SCS) Unit
Unit: Sciences for Society (SCS) Unit
Job title: Intern or Volunteer
Duty Station: Jakarta, Indonesia
Starting Date: Immediate (preferably March 2013)
Duration of Contract: 3 – 6 months
Closing Date of Application: 28 February 2013
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) today face unprecedented challenges. In many ways, SIDS are suffering from the impacts of global changes that are affecting their livelihoods and increasing their vulnerability. However, local and indigenous societies living in small islands have a record of thriving in challenging times, inventing and refining new and innovative approaches to development, societal mobilization and technological adaptation. The environmental knowledge of local and indigenous peoples is now widely recognized as an essential building block of sustainable development and the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, all of which can be used to build their resilience in facing global changes.
UNESCO recognizes the importance of the role of local and indigenous knowledge for sustainable development in SIDS, which has been reflected in UNESCO’s medium-term strategy (2008-2013) and implemented through its SIDS Platform to implement the Mauritius Strategy for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, and the Local and Indigenous Knowledge System (LINKS) programme.
The mandate of the Sciences for Society (SCS) Unit of UNESCO Office, Jakarta is to foster interdisciplinary and intersectoral activities that facilitate dialogue between science and policy, and generate usable (rather than merely “useful”) context-specific scientific knowledge for society and decision makers.
The work of the SCS unit is interdisciplinary, cutting across the Organization’s programme sectors, allowing it to interact with other initiatives on specific themes, such as, climate change, disaster preparedness and education for sustainable development. The Unit works with local knowledge holders to promote recognition of their expertise about the natural environment and to reinforce their contribution to a more equitable governance policy for natural resources. The unit focuses its activities on Timor Leste, as the only SIDS within UNESCO Office Jakarta cluster countries, nevertheless the unit also works in other countries in the cluster, i.e. Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, and the Philippines.
2. Duties and Responsibility
Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Office, Jakarta and under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge of the UNESCO Office in Jakarta, the Intern or Volunteer will assist Science for Society (SCS) Unit in the development, planning, and implementation of interdisciplinary projects and activities under UNESCO’s programme on Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) and the intersectoral platform on Mauritius Strategy follow-up for Small Island Development States (SIDS). These include:
a. Conducting desk-top reviews and producing document(s) on elaboration of policies and practices related to LINKS and SIDS in Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and the Philippines as well as in Asia-Pacific region, with the below priority themes:
- Linkages between biological and cultural diversity;
- Synergies between scientific and indigenous knowledge in natural resource
management, natural disaster response, and climate change; and
- Integrated community-based approaches for small island and coastal zone sustainable
b. Assisting in the preparation of promotional documents/documentary reports for the SCS Unit, such as annual reports, brochures, booklets, training materials, and official documents related to activities in the five cluster countries, as well as providing updates for the website;
c. Assisting the SCS unit in the organization of annual events related to SCS programme activities, including meetings/seminars/conferences/training programmes;
d. Promoting and developing national and regional networks and partnerships among governmental authorities, NGOs, local communities, scientific institutions and private sectors involve in UNESCO programmes to exchange information and experience for SCS;
e. Assisting in the scoping and development of a fund-raising scheme;
f. Undertaking any other relevant tasks may be required by the Director and/or Programme Specialist for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge.
Output expectations: Tasks developed in a professional and efficient way, focusing on endresults and delivering high quality products.
Performance indicators: Timely and adequate development of tasks contributing to the achievement of SCS´s mandates.
3. Working days and work schedule
Five (5) working days, from Monday to Friday, forty (40) hours per week. (from 08.00 to 17.00hrs with one hour break, from 12.00 to 13.00hrs). Expected starting date of appointment: March 2013.
4. Place of work
UNESCO Office, Jakarta, Indonesia or UNESCO Antenna Office, Dili, Timor-Leste (depending on candidate’s availaibility).
As an intern/volunteer, the candidate will take part in cutting-edge activities, projects and programmes that contribute to the promotion of local and indigenous knowledge as well as conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem and biodiversity in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. The diversity of UNESCO Office Jakarta and its antenna office in Dili, almost 60 staff from various countries, means that the candidate will work in multi-cultural teams with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures who have wide perspectives, experiences, expectations as well as approaches. The work implies frequent interaction with local NGOs, communities and local government in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Experience working in grass-root organizations or with communities will be gained.
UNESCO´s interns/volunteers also gain a first-hand experience in the day-to-day working environment of one United Nations´ Specialized Agencies. The candidate will be given a real chance to work with our team of outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior managers. Within the Organization, the candidate may have the chance to be exposed to highprofile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy and on-the-ground projects.
6. Required qualifications:
In order to be considered for the position, the applicant should meet the following criteria:
- Motivated and inspired to take concrete actions for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, to reduce negative impacts of climate change, and disasters;
- Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Ability to multi-task duties and apply practical problem-solving skills as needed;
- Excellent and effective writing skills,
- Good interpersonal skills with willingness to learn;
- Must have fluency in spoken and written English. Working knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia, Tagalog and/or Tetum is an asset;
- Computer knowledge;
- Willingness to spend a part of the internship in the field, most likely Timor-Leste.
Specific criteria for internship:
- The applicant must be in his/her last year of undergraduate (BA/BSc.) or in a graduate (Masters) or post-graduate (PhD) programme with interest in indigenous knowledge, environmental management, and community-based issues. During and after the service, the candidate must be enrolled at a university.
- Send a documentation attesting that he/she is currently a registered student in a university.
Specific criteria for volunteer:
- The applicant must have a University Degree in any of the following fields: anthropology, environment, management, biology, forest, economy, conservation, communication, social sciences or related fields.
- Have at least two years of professional experience.
7. Standard conditions for internship/volunteer
• Cost: UNESCO interns/volunteers are not paid. All costs related to accommodation, living expenses, and travel must be born by either the interns/volunteers or their sponsoring institutions.
• Visas: You will be responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas.
• Travel: You will arrange and finance your travel to UNESCO location where you will be an intern/volunteer.
• Medical insurance: UNESCO accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or for costs arising for accidents and illness incurred during an internship/volunteer. Interns/volunteers are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of internship/volunteer at UNESCO.
Applicants must provide a medical certificate of good health prior to being admitted to the internship/volunteer programme.
8. Submission of applications
Qualified candidates are invited to send CV and letter of motivation by email to:
Jakarta(at)unesco.org and cc to e.estradivari(at)unesco.org
Interested applicants for the internship programme should also submit the online application form at the following link: http://stageweb.unesco.org/
Deadline for submission: 28 February 2013