Org. Setting and Reporting
The positions are in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources and in the Organizational Development Section. The internship is for three months with an opportunity for extension to six months, depending on the needs of the department.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work normally five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Communications Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources, or a Staff Development Officer in the Organizational Development Section.
Do you want to serve a bigger cause? Are you someone who thrives on diversity and working together with people from all over the world? Jointly, the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources and Organizational Development Section in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC), of the United Nations in New York is currently looking for a Communications and Instructional Design intern who is interested in joining a very dynamic and international office that is mandated to provide human resources services across the global UN Secretariat, and to identify and respond to Organizational learning and development needs.
Examples of daily tasks include to:
- Research, compile, draft and edit basic information for use in the preparation and production of communications materials, often under tight deadlines.
- Organize and analyze data related to current projects.
- Monitor and analyze statistics related to websites and communications products.
- Manage meeting agendas and draft meeting notes.
- Participate in organizing and setting up for special events or focus groups.
- Draft and prepare written documents for various purposes (e.g. meeting notes, background material, correspondence, reports, stories/articles etc.)
- Assist in the implementation of various HR initiatives and related work.
- Assist with drafting reports based on quantitative research and analysis.
- Knowledge of using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Familiarity with and/or interest in taking and/or editingdigital photographs or videos.
- Familiarity with graphic design or video editing tools (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro other graphic design programs or video editing tools) is a plus.
- Familiarity with data visualization tools (e.g. Power BI) is a plus.
- Take on other special projects as assigned.
• 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
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 addition to the following:
• Be computer literate in standard software applications, in particular Microsoft Word and Excel;
• Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
• 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;
• Familiarity and interest with issues related to international relations and equal representation of women and gender mainstreaming.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience.
However, having a background in communications, instructional design, organizational development, human resources, data visualization (e.g. using Power BI), industrial/organisational/occupational psychology, and/or other relevant fields is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate?)
• List the IT skills and programs that you are proficient in.
• List your top three areas of interest.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
• In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
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.
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.
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.