UNESCO IESALC is looking for an intern for the Digital Transformations of Higher Education Project
Parent Sector: Education Sector (ED)
Duty Station: Caracas
Job Family: Education
Type of contract: Non Staff
Duration of contract: From 1 to 6 months
Recruitment open to: External candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time): March 12, 2023
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
UNESCO’s International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America & the Caribbean (IESALC) was created in 1997 and gives continuity to the Regional Center for Higher Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRESALC) created in 1974. It is the only specialized institute in the United Nations system with a mandate for higher education improvement in Member States. UNESCO IESALC’s vision is to promote the right to higher education through capacity development for the formulation and implementation of quality, equitable, and inclusive higher education policies at the national, regional, and institutional levels in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Member States, with a view to global outreach. UNESCO IESALC operates in English and Spanish.
In partnership with UNESCO International Centre for Higher Education Innovation (UNESCO ICHEI), UNESCO IESALC is currently undertaking a project on Digital Transformations of Higher Education in LAC (“the Project”). The aim of the Project is to improve understanding of the current landscape of digital transformations in higher education in LAC and to provide policy-oriented recommendations for enhancing the use of technology in improving the quality of and access to higher education.
UNESCO IESALC’s Research and Foresight team is looking for an intern to support this Project. The ideal candidate is passionate about higher education, knowledgeable about digital transformations, eager to gain experience in applied research, and with native/full professional proficiency in Portuguese.
The intern will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:
- Provide high quality written translations from English (or Spanish) to Portuguese.
- Conduct online interviews with higher education stakeholders (e.g. senior university administrators, government officials, quality assurance agency staff) in Portuguese.
- Build an online survey in Portuguese.
- Support data analysis from survey and interview data in Portuguese (and Spanish if applicable).
- Assist with drafting report and policy recommendations on digital transformations.
- Communicate with Project stakeholders.
- Other tasks considered relevant to digital transformations and digitalization of higher education at the request of the Head of Research and Foresight.
After completion of the assignment, the intern will have:
- Obtained experience of conducting applied research in digital transformations in higher education.
- Acquired knowledge of UNESCO’s areas of competence in relation to higher education.
- Learnt how to deal with diverse stakeholders from various cultural backgrounds.
- Gained solid working knowledge of the operations of and with an intergovernmental organization.
- Contributed to improving the landscape of digital transformations in higher education in LAC.
- Strengthened their research, analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Competencies (Core / Managerial)
- Accountability (C)
- Communication (C)
- Innovation (C)
- Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
- Planning and organizing (C)
- Results focus (C)
- Teamwork (C)
- Professionalism (C)
- Native/full professional proficiency in Portuguese language and excellent written/oral communication skills
- Professional level verbal and written communication skills in English language
- Experience doing research or working on technology in higher education
- Experience of professional and appropriate conduct with senior officials
- Self-organized with strong time management skills
- Responsive and inquisitive, innovative and resourceful
- Degree/diploma in a field relevant to this role (e.g. higher education, innovation-related disciplines) or currently a graduate student in a relevant field
- Full professional/Professional proficiency in Spanish language
- Previous experience of qualitative data analysis
- Familiarity with the higher education system in Brazil
- Experience of working in a teleworking environment
- Experience of using Microsoft Teams
Start date: March 2023
Working arrangements: Full-time or part-time
Honorarium: US$300 per month (full-time equivalent)
Location: Remote – this is a fully teleworking role. Team members are responsible for ensuring they have a reliable high speed internet connection and the necessary technology to undertake the job.
Selection and Recruitment process
In place of the Employment History Form, please upload:
- A 2-page CV
- 1-2-page cover letter showing how you meet the essential selection criteria using examples from past experience(s)/education. Where possible, please also demonstrate how you meet some or all of the desirable selection criteria.
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.
The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.
UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.
UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.
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