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Intern - Programme Coordination and Support Unit

Vacancy #:   6000
Unit:   Asia - Regional Programme Directorate
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand
Reporting to:   Coordinator, Proposal Development and Grant Writing
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   29 August 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (4 months)
Closing date:   22 July 2022 (extended)
This is a search for young talent. Local and international students are encouraged to apply, with the latter contingent upon being granted an appropriate Thai visa.

This internship aims to offer students undergoing graduate or post-graduate studies a meaningful work experience by supplementing their learning through a practical and on-the-job training approach. In doing so, the intern’s knowledge is supplemented through a practical learning experience while IUCN derives some level of advantage from the young professional’s services as well as the possibility of gaining new perspectives from the intern.

The Intern will support the Programme Coordination and Support Unit team in providing integrated services to the entire Asia region in maintaining programme quality standards and programme quality initiatives as assigned. The Intern will be trained and mentored in records management techniques, archiving systems and records retention protocols. Learning areas include the following:

1. Assisting the team with compliance of periodic project portal updates
2. Supporting with the consolidation of the programme reports and any other relevant tasks as required
3. Supporting in coordinating the requested inputs from countries and relevant regional programmes
4. Developing preparatory materials and analysis as required by the team for priority tasks during the internship period
5. Carrying out preliminary desk analysis that involves reviewing project progress against work plans, procurement and disbursement plans as and when required
6. Learning opportunity in the development of the business engagements efforts across the region
7. Assisting in programme and project operational workflow and process in compliance with Policies and Procedures
8. Maintain and updating consultancy roster as well as relevant policies via MS SharePoint
9. Assisting in meeting/workshop materials preparation upon requested.
10. Perform other functions, as may be appropriate under the conditions of the internship.


The selected candidate will undergo a general orientation training on IUCN’s:
• Asia regional programme and strategy;
• institutional functions of the regional Secretariat;
• policies and standards for external stakeholder engagement; and,
• communications style guide, branding and quality-assurance checks.

In performing the assigned duties, the intern will have the opportunity to interact with key units and teams at the Regional Office, across the region, and/or with Headquarters. Overall he/she will learn communication strategies, methods and tools to influence decision-making and action by the region’s key stakeholders in nature conservation for sustainable development.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate university programme (e.g., Bachelors or its equivalent) and have completed at least three years of fulltime study or currently enrolled in a graduate university programme. The internship experience should be in line with one’s studies or the requirements set by the academic institution;

• Be in a “gap year” between studies with a clear goal of returning to complete or initiate studies post-internship;

• Computer literate in standard software applications; proficient in the use of office applications (MS Word and Excel) and web-based management systems;

• Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views; and,

• Fluency in spoken and written English.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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