Org. Setting and Reporting
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is seeking passionate young interns who are innovative doers and thinkers and interested in making a difference for a better world. The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is seeking prospective interns from the unrepresented countries in the United Nations workforce who come from Andorra; Angola; Belize; Brunei Darussalam; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Equatorial Guinea; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Libya; Liechtenstein; Marshall Islands; Monaco; Nauru; Palau; Qatar; Saint Lucia; Sao Tome and Principe; Timor-Leste; Tuvalu; United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu.
These remote internship opportunities are in the Global Strategy and Policy Division (GSPD) of the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). GSPD serves as the central strategic authority for all matters pertaining to the management of human resources. It ensures that the Organization has the strategies, policies, frameworks and tools to attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse global workforce. It nurtures a culture of engagement, leadership and results. It provides policy, strategic and thought leadership, innovations and solutions for the end-to-end management of talent: from strategic workforce planning; talent acquisition; organizational and staff development and growth; performance management; including Organization-wide mobility and appropriate duty of care, for all Secretariat staff.
The Staffing, Diversity and Outreach Section plays a vital role in bringing staff of high caliber into the Organization. It develops strategies and initiatives aimed at building a diverse workforce across the Organization and coordinates Organization-wide efforts to increase geographical and regional diversity across all departments, offices and missions. It supports the Secretary-General’s system-wide strategy on gender parity and promotes access to opportunities by persons with disabilities by undertaking targeted outreach campaigns to draw upon the broadest pool of candidates for Secretariat positions. The integration of social media platforms, including social networking tools—such as Facebook, Twitter, Weibo and WeChat—forms a critical component of the section’s communications strategies.
The intern/s will support the communication and outreach efforts highlighting the transformational initiatives underway in human resources towards an agile, diverse and accountable Organization.
The internship is for a minimum period of two months with the possibility for extension up to six months contingent on availability of the candidate.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work up to five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.
Within delegated authority, the Communications/Outreach intern may be responsible for the following duties:
•Leverages social media and other tools, such as local or regional job boards, local and regional media to source viable applicants from designated countries.
•Assists with recruitment outreach efforts in designated countries.
•Works with local partners to promote interest in working for the UN to specific professional communities.
•Identifies and contacts talent communities, though cold calling, email campaigns and social media posts to advertise open and future job opportunities for the UN.
•Interfaces with local talent agencies to undertake campaigns to talent communities (e.g. at universities, associations, NGOs, private sector).
•Identifies, researches, drafts and edits content (text, photos, documents and multimedia) for online publication (website and social media) in line with UN media guidelines.
•Monitors and reports on social media analytics.
•Assists with live coverage at global events for drawing attention to the UN as an employer.
•Participates in planning and implementing special events locally in the unrepresented countries to draw attention to the UN as an employer.
•Prepares local labor market analysis and draft strategies to target viable talent in designated countries.
•Takes on other special projects as assigned.
On completion of the internship, the successful candidate will have gained:
•An excellent understanding of the UN Secretariat, its structure and its ongoing human resources management reform;
•Valuable experience in human resources;
•Knowledge of the challenges of human resources management in a multicultural environment and in an inter-governmental organization;
•An understanding of staff selection processes, especially recruitment and outreach strategies;
•Drafting and writing skills for public information and communications in an international context;
•Extensive exposure to managers and staff members of the UN Secretariat and the UN System.
•Shows pride in work and in achievements
•Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter
•Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results
•Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns
•Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges
•Remains calm in stressful situations
•Self-starter that can complete assignments with minimal guidance
•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
•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
•Keeps abreast of available technology
•Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
•Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
•Shows willingness to learn new technologies
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in journalism, communication, media studies, international relations, social sciences or a related field (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
(b) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher), in which case at least one of the prior first degree programme and the graduate programme must be in one of the subjects specified above;
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
Applicants must also:
- Be computer literate in standard software applications; be proficiency in social media platforms;
- 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.
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 UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
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.
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.
A completed online application (Cover Letter and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Letter must include:
•Title of degree you are currently pursuing
•Graduation date (when you will be graduating from the programme)
•Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
•Experience in conducting data analysis, including visualizing and validating data and social media
•Explanation of why you think you are the best candidate for this role
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, data analysis experience and software used, and three references.
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.