Internship to assist in content management for the UNCCD Scientific Knowledge Brokering Platform
Type of position
Number of positions offered
: UNCCD offices in Bonn, Germany
English required. Other UN languages are an asset.
Duration: 4 months
June 1st 2015
May 20th 2015
TERMS OR REFERENCE
1. Background and justification:
The UNCCD Scientific Knowledge Brokering Portal (SKBP) has been developed as a pilot in 2014 to act as a "bridge to bridges". It is designed to improve access to scientific and technical information on desertification/land degradation and drought (DLDD). The SKBP will address many knowledge gaps on global sustainable land management practices, by providing awareness, guidance and access to relevant knowledge sources. The SKBP pilot consists of two modules: An interactive map of knowledgebases, and a search portal for content offered by partner organizations.
Development of the SKBP is led by the secretariat’s Knowledge Management, Science and Technology unit (KMST), in cooperation with partner institutions. The KMST unit offers an internship within the team responsible for content management and development of the SKBP.
2. Description of duties for the Intern:
The intern will perform the following tasks under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer:
Assist in the collecting, structuring and uploading of information to the SKBP portal;
Assist in developing, maintaining and applying taxonomies and classification systems to existing knowledge bases;
Perform desk research and online research;
Any other duties as decided by the supervising officer that relate to the internship.
3. Internship Objective and Learning Elements:
Internship objective and teaching/learning elements include inter alia:
Experience and knowledge of the work of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification;
Enriching experience in working on knowledge management and knowledge sharing platforms;
Understanding the importance of information technology and architecture to determine the structure, design and flows of information.
4. Expected Qualifications/Skills
Must be in pursuit of a Master’s degree in either archival, information systems, information management or related fields;
Basic knowledge and understanding of sustainable land management practices, and issues relating to desertification, land degradation and drought;
Basic knowledge of information management and record keeping, including the use of taxonomies and classification systems;
Understanding of modern library and knowledge management practices;
Ability to work collaboratively with knowledge providers and with service providers in information technology;
Ability to work in an organized and structured way;
Fluency in written and spoken English.
5. Submission of applications
Internship application forms can be found at:
Your completed application form and Curriculum Vitae should be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying in the subject line: Internship SKBP.
The deadline for applications is 20 May 2015. Only applications submitted by the deadline and meeting the requirements will be considered. No telephone calls will be returned. Please address your application as indicated above and please do not address or copy your application to an individual at the Secretariat.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the UNCCD. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring institution.