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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia (ESCAP-SSWA), based in New Delhi, offers internship opportunity for a minimum of three months and maximum of six months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) from the office under the supervision of staff member(s) in ESCAP-SSWA which they are assigned to.
ESCAP-SSWA covers ten member States in South and South-West Asia, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Türkiye. A key mandate of ESCAP-SSWA is to support the countries in the subregion to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The work programme of ESCAP-SSWA covers carrying out analytical and normative work, providing policy support, technical assistance and capacity building to member States, promoting policy advocacy, building network among various stakeholders etc., along the subregional priority areas, as per the mandate received from UNESCAP member States:
• Inclusive growth, supporting achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), structural change and job creation, gender equality and women's empowerment, social protection, and sustainable development
• Strengthening connectivity, trade and transport facilitation, and regional economic integration
• Regional cooperation for food and energy security
• Regional cooperation for disaster risk reduction
• Assisting LDCs and LLDCs in implementation of the Istanbul and Almaty Programmes of Action as well as SDG targets
Learning Opportunities during the course of internship: ESCAP-SSWA provides interns with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of: i) socio-economic challenges the subregion is facing in particular within the 10 countries served; ii) the processes of regional and multilateral cooperation; iii) mandates and operations of United Nations in developing countries in its efforts to provide policy advice, capacity building and platform for governments to create space for economic and political integration.
Under immediate supervision by a staff member (s), the intern is responsible for contributing to the research project (s) related to the work programme of SSWA for the implementation of the SDGs. The topic of the project will depend on the intern's background, skills, and interest.
Other duties may include undertaking the following:
(a) Regular monitoring of relevant developments, policy trends and news articles related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in the subregion;
(b) Monitor and collect details on national policies on selected sustainable development issues of ESCAP-SSWA member States
(c) Collect data, generate figures and tables, describe and analyze the tables and results to support ESCAP-SSWA staff in related research and analytical work
(d) Attend conferences, seminars, meetings and other events and provide written highlights and briefing notes
(e) Provide administrative, organizational and conference management support for ESCAP-SSWA events
(f) Other activities as may be decided by the supervisor
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
• Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
• Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view.
• Planning & Organizing: Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work and monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments, and delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Potential candidates will be contacted by UNESCAP staff for further consideration.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Candidate Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- The information of the degree you are currently pursuing (Title, University, etc.)
- Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme)
- Your estimated availability period (Specific dates will be discussed in the next steps)
- List the ICT skills and programmes (including courses/modules at University that you have successfully completed) that you are proficient in
- List your top three areas of interest (such as the link between ICT and disaster risk reduction)
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific preference.
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your online Candidate Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), IT skills and relevant University courses/modules,, and three references.
Please note that due to the large number of applicants, we will not be in a position to reply to each application and that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
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.
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