VACANCY: Internship with the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Brussels, Belgium has a position for a qualified intern with the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development for a period of six months, starting no later than 15 February 2016.

The application deadline for this position is Wednesday February 3rd.

UNDP partners with national governments and people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. Active in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers a global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP helps countries to build and share development solutions in the following four main areas:

1. Sustainable Development;
2. Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding;
3. Climate and Disaster Resilience

In all its work, UNDP works to ensure the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

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 (

Globally, web-based social networks invite the exchange of information and ideas. The AGORA online platform ( 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 Portal 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 five years online, AGORA has established a strong presence and continues to experience a steady growth in knowledge content creation, visitor numbers and interactions. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the intern shall perform the following tasks:

• Assisting the AGORA team in keeping the Portal at up to date by uploading news, resources, events and partner updates;
• Managing AGORA’s social media accounts (facebook, twitter and youtube) and coordinating the production of its monthly newsletter;
• Supporting the team in (online) communication and advocacy efforts;
• Supporting the team in identifying potential areas of interest and partners organisations;
• Assisting the team in undertaking research and drafting blogs and policy briefs.

• Enrolled in a degree programme in a relevant discipline (social sciences, law, international relations…) with a demonstrated interest in political processes. Current focus areas for AGORA include energy and environment, extractive industries, gender and LGBT, youth and civic engagement. 
• Strong communication skills. Previous experience managing social media networks, blogging and supporting digital outreach is an asset. 
• Excellent computer skills, including working knowledge of MS Office products.  Experience managing web portals is an asset.

Eligibility and skills
Candidate must be a student, enrolled in a graduate-level degree programme at the time of application and during the internship. Candidates that have graduated are not eligible for internship.
Fluency in written and spoken English required. Fluency in French, Arabic or Portuguese desirable.  Additional official UN language an asset (Chinese, Russian, Spanish).

For more details, please click here.  

To apply, please send your CV and motivation letter to Ms Mai Tahboob.