Org. Setting and Reporting
This three months internship (15 May to 15 August 2023) is located in the Forestry and Timber Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe based in Geneva.
The intern is expected to contribute to the work of the Forests, Land and Housing Division to assist in the production of the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2022-2023, which should include but not limited to:
• Checking national replies to the Joint UNECE/FAO/ITTO/Eurostat Forest Sector Questionnaire
• Support to the graphics production for the publication.
• Research on chapter topics;
• Price series information input to the database;
• Other aspects of the production work, such as web work, electronic links to the online publication.
Building on the experience of previous years, the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section would like to take stock of the experience of the past years and conserve the information in a report.
The interns should have good analytical skills and be knowledgeable on the use of MS Excel and Word.
The internship requires in-person presence of the candidate at office of the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. No remote - or partially remote – internship will be granted.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services;
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Staff within work unit/section and peers in department/regional commission; staff of other international organizations working on related issues; academics and representatives of civil society, both NGOs and the business community.
•Professionalism: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to identify, independently assess, formulate recommendations and/or resolve a wide range of issues/problems, undertake research and gather information from standard sources and to work well with figures including ability to analyze and understand financial data. Ability to design information databases from multiple sources into an integrated programme evaluation system. Ability to direct, supervise and train office support staff. Demonstrated ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given and discretion, resourcefulness and ability to deal proactively and tactfully with offices throughout the organization. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
identifies priority activities and assignments;
adjusts priorities as required;
allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
uses time efficiently.
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments;
delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
To qualify for the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application 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);
(c)Have graduated with a university degree, as defined above, and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
(d)Be computer literate in standard software applications;
For this internship, studies in forestry, business, economics or related field, economics, international relations or equivalent are required
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.
Applicants for all countries are accepted and under-represented or un-represented countries in the UN are encouraged to apply.
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.
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English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French or Russian is an asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• KINDLY NOTE THAT THIS TEMPORARY JOB OPENING IS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF AN INTERNSHIP WITH THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE.
• The Internship Programme is guided by Administrative Instruction ST/AI/2014/1 of the United Nations issued by the Under-Secretary-General for Management.
• Interns are considered type I gratis personnel. They are not staff members. The United Nations does not financially remunerate interns. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibilities of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
• Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship.
• The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage and provide a medical certificate of good health.
• The United Nations is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.
• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law
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.
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