JOB OFFER - UNDP: Intern at the Agora Portal for Parliamentary Development

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The AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development, based at the Office of the United Nations and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Brussels, has a position for a qualified intern for a period of three to six months to be negotiated with the selected intern, starting in March 2014.

The candidate must have excellent written and spoken English and Portuguese. The candidate must be a student, enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher). Strong IT skills and experience managing web portals and/or social media networks are an advantage.

Terms of reference for the position are below. Please note that the UNDP internship programme operates on a non-remunerative basis and costs must be borne by the intern. For more information about the UNDP internship programme, please click on the following link: http://www.undp.org/internships/

Parliamentary Development

UNDP focuses on enhancing the capacity of the state to make it more responsive, capable, and inclusive. The genuine participation of all citizens in political processes is a cornerstone of democratic governance. UNDP fosters inclusive participation and civic engagement, placing high priority on under-represented segments of society such as the poor, women, indigenous peoples and minorities. Vibrant and vigorous democracies are developed and sustained through inclusive participation, which also advances achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The presence of an effective parliamentary institution is strongly correlated with the existence of a viable democracy and an open society.

Parliaments are fundamental to representing the people’s will, establishing the rule of law, protecting human rights, overseeing transparent governance processes, and ensuring compliance with international obligations. UNDP provides technical assistance to more than 70 parliaments around the world in their efforts to build the capacity of legislators and technical staff; promote institutional reform, political dialogue and conflict prevention; strengthen parliaments' relationships with the executive and judiciary branches of government and with civil society; improve access to parliamentary information for the population and the media, and enhance the effectiveness of women’s role and participation among parliaments through internal reforms and exchanges.

AGORA, Portal for Parliamentary Development (www.agora-parl.org)

Globally, web-based social networks invite the exchange of information and ideas. The AGORA online platform (www.agora-parl.org) was created to take up the crucial task of facilitating cooperation, increasing access to knowledge and providing a platform for the exchange of practices and experiences in parliamentary development.

The AGORA site aims to centralize knowledge and unite parliamentary development actors and stakeholders in an interactive community of practice that allows for more efficient planning, reduces the risk of duplication, and reinforces the sharing of expertise and experience. After four years online, AGORA has established a strong presence and continues to experience a steady growth in knowledge content creation, visitor numbers and interactions.

Terms of Reference: Internship with the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development

The Project Manager will oversee the work of the intern, who will also be supervised day to day by other members of the project team.

The intern has the opportunity to work on a range of issues, related to parliamentary development, website content management and communication as well as general administrative tasks.

The following are indicative tasks:
- Assisting the project team in keeping the Portal at www.agora-parl.org up to date by uploading news, resources, events and partner updates.
- Managing AGORA’s social media network (facebook, twitter and youtube) in order to enlarge the network and further increase interaction rates.
- Supporting the AGORA team in identifying new and emerging areas of interest and taking appropriate action.
- Assisting the project team in its research and drafting tasks, in particular with regard to policy briefs, blog posts and reporting.
- Supporting the knowledge manager in communication and advocacy efforts by maintaining relationships with partners, affiliated institutions, and existing and potential new members.
- Mapping of potential partner organisations and institutions relevant to the field of parliamentary development, with a view to launching AGORA’s ‘Atlas’ feature.
- Assisting the project team in delivering interviews with relevant actors in the field of parliamentary development.

Required skills and experience:
- Strong communication skills.
- Enrolled in a degree programme in a relevant discipline (social sciences, law, international relations, …) with a demonstrated interest in political processes.
- Experience in advocacy and/or communication, in particular the use of social media.
- Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of MS Office products. Experience managing web portals is an asset.
- Fluent in Portuguese.

If you think you fit the profile, send your CV and a short cover letter to Mrs. Lotte Geunis, at lotte.geunis@undp.org by March 9th, 2015. Please write "Internship AGORA" in the subject line of your email.