Communications and Reporting Intern

United Nations Office for Project Services, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th March, 2021

Job Description


  • UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
  • UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

  • UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


  • With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


  • The UNOPS Sri Lanka under the Bangladesh Multi Country Office (BDMCO) implements projects on behalf of UN agencies and bilateral donors and in close coordination with the Government and national authorities. With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including procurement, project development and technical management, and provides financial, human resources and infrastructure-related services. The functional objective of UNOPS Sri Lanka is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, so as to achieve the outcomes sought by the clients.
  • Within this context, UNOPS is looking for an Intern, with a primary reporting line to the Partnership Development Manager in Sri Lanka, except when assigned to a practice area in which case s/he will report to the relevant technical team lead.
  • The main purpose of this assignment is to facilitate effective and timely reporting and communication on the UNOPS Office for Sri Lanka & Maldives, and its constituent programmes and projects.

The learning opportunities of the internship are:

  • A broad understanding of formulating communication plans, reporting requirements from the regional and local offices of UNOPS projects, design, drawing up and updating of factsheets and dashboards.
  • Exposure to a joint UN project implementation approach and partnership with government ministries/departments.
  • Introduction to the UN and UNOPS brands, including training on brand guardianship and participation in UN coordination mechanisms for communication and reporting.
  • Exposure to the Sri Lanka context, including field visits to UNOPS project sites.
  • Mandatory training for all UNOPS personnel on the UN system, human rights, field security, cybersecurity, gender mainstreaming, prevention of sexual harassment and HIV/AIDS issues (including certification).


The Intern shall assist the Hiring Manager in the following duties and responsibilities:


  • Assist in the timely delivery of narrative progress reports to donors and project partners in compliance with legal requirements; coordinate with Workstream Leads for updates/inputs on progress reports;


  • Assist in developing and maintaining the Country Office Communication Plan;
  • Assist in the development of communication and promotion materials to showcase country portfolio’s achievements, outputs and lessons learned;
  • Assist in the finalization and packaging of project outputs such as plans, manuals, handbooks/guidebooks and similar documents;
  • Assist in developing and enhancing presentation materials (PowerPoint presentation, case materials and other similar workshop/training materials);
  • Assist in the development of media materials relevant to Country Office business plan;
  • Support the production of project factsheets and other visibility materials, and preparation and timely distribution of press releases when required;
  • Contribute to public information and communication activities at the Regional and HQ level;
  • Represent the Country Office on UN Communication Group and other inter agency/ organization forum.

Visibility and branding

  • Assist in a ‘brand guardian’ role by supporting development and editorial oversight of all public materials, including the website, presentations, proposals and reports;
  • Participate in the production of social media content (pictures, testimonies, videos etc.)
  • Advise the PDM on the production of visibility and promotional materials;
  • Create, maintain, update and disseminate country factsheets;
  • Drafting and translation of press releases;
  • Information gathering for communication outreach material;


  • Provide support to teams in event planning as well as outreach programmes.



  • Bachelor University Degree is a minimum requirement. The incumbent should have graduated from such studies within three years prior to the application date of the internship;
  • Enrollment in, or completion of Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Communication, Journalism or in any other relevant area is preferred.

Internship-related experience

  • Previous experience in communication and/or reporting;
  • Competent in the use of all commonly used computer software, including MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and Google Suite; experience in graphic designing is desired
  • Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNOPS brand an advantage;


  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


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