Org. Setting and Reporting
The Secretary-General recognizes that the United Nations is not immune to racism and racial discrimination and has called for action to identify, prevent and address racism and racial discrimination in the Organization in an 18-month campaign on awareness and action through December 2021.
In support of his efforts, the Secretary-General has established the “Task Force to Address Racism and Promote Dignity for all in the United Nations”, that will conduct its work through 30 September 2021.
The activities of the Task Force are supported by seven (7) sub-working groups that are required to examine the extend of personal, interpersonal, structural and institutional racism and racial discrimination in the Organization and make recommendations that will form the basis of the development of a Strategic Action Plan on addressing racism and promoting dignity for all in the United Nations.
The intern will report to the chairperson or alternate chairperson of the assigned sub-working of the Task Force.
Under the supervision of the chairperson or alternate chairperson of the assigned sub-working of the Task Force, the intern will:
Research, compile and organize information and reference materials from various sources in support of the activities of the assigned sub-working group and for reporting, workplan, studies, briefings, meetings, etc.
Participate and take notes in meetings involving external partners engaged to support the activities of the assigned sub-working group.
Compile, summarize and enter data on sub-working group deliverables; draft related status reports and identifiy delays in delivery and bring them to the attention of chairperson of the sub-working group.
Assist with simple statistical/data analysis.
Assist in the maintenance of websites by scanning, converting and posting a variety of documents onto the site.
Assist in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology/software.
Maintain electronic files and databases for sub-working group.
Show initiative and propose new ways to coordinate and streamline the work of the assigned sub-working group.
Provide other administrative and programmatic support to the assigned sub-working group.
Perform other duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONALISM: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.
PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed work assignment. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
1. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) in administration or related area;
c) If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at an university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree in business or public administration or related area;
2. Be computer literate in standard word processing and software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar; Be proficient in standard office automation equipment scanner, printer, etc.
3. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter.
4. Have a 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.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Incomplete applications/personal history profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. Short-listed applicants may be contacted directly for an interview. For this reason, in the application cover letter it is important that you:
- Specify your general interest in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, including on addressing racism;
- Indicate, in order of preference, the top three sub-working groups of interest to you, i.e.:
(i) Staffing and career progression
(ii) Performance management, learning and development and abuse of office
(iii) Human resources strategies
(iv) Workplace culture and practices
(v) Implicit biases and how to address them
(vi) Awareness and action and communication
(vii) Development of the Strategic Action Plan
- Indicate recently obtained academic degree or the scheduled graduation for university study currently underway;
- Specify your period of availability and earliest commencement date; and
- Indicate information technology (IT) skills and programs in which you are proficient.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.