Org. Setting and Reporting
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
The Learning and Development Unit is the focal point for the implementation of the OCHA Organizational Learning Strategy (OLS) and supports all aspects of staff learning and development. LDU mobilizes a learning culture in OCHA and increases staff access to learning opportunities through communications and engagement strategies and activities. It also develops training for staff in accordance with organizational need and monitors and evaluates learning results. The use of learning technologies is central to LDU approach. The facilitation of coordination across OCHA training providers is another LDU responsibility with a focus on information exchanges, developing and implementing common systems and guidance for enhanced coherence and synergies.
This internship shall be located in the Learning and Development Unit in Geneva, Switzerland, and the intern shall be under the general guidance and supervision of the Head of unit. The internship is being offered for a minimum period of three (3) months, with a possibility of extension up to six (6) months, starting as soon as possible.
In general, the intern will support the OLS and provide specific support in relation to the Unit's work. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background and may include but are not limited to assisting in the design and preparation of learning opportunities on humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief, and related issues; assisting in the coordination of communities of practice (CoPs); contributing to the preparation of communication material, e.g. brochures, posters and newsletters; helping to develop and maintain learning resource information on OCHA Learning Management System (LMS); responding to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally for staff learning opportunities; assisting in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, WebEx, etc. to facilitate learning; assist in establishing and maintaining platforms and systems for OCHA staff development courses and training providers; assist in tracking, monitoring and reporting on learning activities through learning management systems and other data collection methods; and performing tasks as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.