UN University Volunteer in Media and Research, Indonesia

Organization: UNESCO

Country: Indonesia

City: Jakarta

Office: UNESCO Jakarta

Closing date: Thursday, 26 January 2023


Description of assignment title: UN University Volunteer in Media and Research

Assignment country: Indonesia

Expected start date: 03/01/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Volunteer category: International UN University Volunteer

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNESCO

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Jakarta


Mission and objectives

UNESCO is an intergovernmental organization committed to fostering intellectual and moral solidarity for peace through cooperation in education, culture, the sciences, and communication and information. The organization is headquartered in Paris, France, and has a network of over 50 regional, cluster, and national field offices. UNESCO New Delhi is presently designated as a Cluster Office and is a platform for delivery of activities in all areas of UNESCO’s competence, namely, education, the natural and social sciences, culture, communication and information. It implements a biennial Cluster programme that is aligned with the overall goals of the Organization as defined in its quadrennial programme and budget, and medium-term strategy. The implementation of the cluster programme is undertaken through a fundamental operating principle - consultation and consensus with the National Commissions of the Member States, Regional Bureaus, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders and partners. The New Delhi Office is now mandated to cover six countries of South Asia -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.


UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue through its mandates: education, the sciences, culture, communication, and information. As Regional Bureau for Science, UNESCO Jakarta provides strategic expertise, advisory, monitoring and evaluation functions to Member States, other UNESCO Field Offices and UN Country Teams in the area of science. Meanwhile as a Cluster Office, UNESCO Jakarta covers all UNESCO mandates and is responsible for the implementation of related programmes in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste. Closely with Governments, National Commissions and other governmental and non-governmental partners, UNESCO Jakarta works on making development sustainable and profitable for everyone, and focuses on a number of overarching objectives:

Attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning

Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development

Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges

Fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, and a culture of peace

Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication The Asia-Pacific region is home to almost two thirds of the world’s population and comprises countries of great economic, religious, political, and cultural diversity. The UN Volunteer will support the UNESCO Jakarta office Communication & Information (CI) Unit, which focuses on freedom of expression and safety of journalists, media development, media and information literacy, access to information and preservation of documentary heritage. The UN Volunteer shall undertake research and analysis to support informed strategic decision-making and provide communications support to increase UNESCO visibility and outreach.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Director, and the direct supervision of Programme Specialist, Communication & Information (CI) Sector, the UN University Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Source information and conduct desk research to identify needs, challenges and op-portunities in areas related to media freedom, viability and innovation in countries cov-ered by UNESCO Jakarta Office. Monitor and maintain a list of events in Asia and the Pacific related to CI priorities. Conduct mapping of potential donors and partners to advance CI priorities in the coun-tries covered by the UNESCO Jakarta Office. Manage the CI mailing list and draft targeted email campaigns. Support the preparation of presentations, concept notes, reports, talking points, brief-ings, news articles and social media posts. Collaborate with colleagues from the CI Unit and liaise with other field offices in the Asia and Pacific region for joint activities. Assist in dissemination of information on CI initiatives to ensure project visibility; ex-tend, engage, and reinforce networks, engage new and diverse stakeholders, and foster partnerships. Attend meetings and participate in technical groups as requested by PS/Director. Assist in drafting memos, reports, and other project related correspondence. Perform any other duties deemed necessary by immediate supervisor or the Director of UNESCO Jakarta Office. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications /websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 - 26

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Agency for Voluntary Services (AVS) Hong Kong, therefore specific criteria apply: Only candidates nominated by the participating universities and endorsed by the Steering Committee can be considered.


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Donor priorities



Required experience

0 years of experience in the field of journalism, media & communications, political science or other relevant social field. Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license



English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Secondary education

Competencies and values

Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take own-ership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confi-dentially; responsive and client-oriented. Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations. Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work envi-ronment. Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priori-ties and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities. Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious work-ing relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for di-versity and gender; Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presenta-tions, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommenda-tions; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse back-grounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, re-mote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of opera-tions; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary; Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes sol-idarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Indonesia is a non-conflict country, and it has intact infrastructure and facilities. Jakarta is a good place to live, with high ratings in cost of living, safety and culture. OCHA Indonesia maintains a Business Continuity Management Plan to ensure to ensure its readiness to respond to hazards that may compromise the well-being of its staff and/or its ability to carry out its mandate. The duration of your assignment is 6 months. A volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) per month and is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs. The VLA can be computed by applying the Post-Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of US$979.The VLA base rate is a global rate, while the PAM is country-specific and fluc-tuates on a monthly basis according to the cost of living. This method ensures that interna-tional UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on the ICSC website (http://icsc.un.org). Furthermore, UN University Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to tak-ing up the assignment) and also in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty sta-tion. UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annu-al leave, full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reim-bursements). UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for the final repatriation travel (if applicable). UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1673555202193