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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Engineering Unit (EU) of United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC) in Bogotá

The intern will work under the direct guidance of the Chief Engineering Unit within the Mission Support Structure.

The internship is for six (6) months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (40 hours).


The Intern will be responsible for following duties:
-Data Analysis and Report:
-Review of lessons learnt, best practices in the implementation of the Environment Strategy for UNVMC;
-Catalogue good practices and innovative projects within the Mission and assist with the creation of a repository platform;
-Assist in carrying out technical evaluation of offers; coordinate and monitor the implementation of contract and progress of work to ensure compliance with drawings and specifications; determine justification for technical changes to the contract and prepare progress reports;
-Conduct research on new improved technologies and available solutions in the field of environmental sciences or environmental engineering (e.g. for camps installations, energy, water & waste water, solid waste and hazardous waste, and environmental remedial actions.
- Assist in the coordination of construction, repair, maintenance and installation of conventional buildings, temporary buildings, infrastructure and sites and premises including grounds in the mission area;
-Assist in preparing scopes of work and technical specifications including engineering drawings, bill of quantity and cost estimates for construction/modification/alteration works taking into consideration the interpretation of building codes for construction, health and fire safety;

Learning opportunities for the Intern:

•General understanding of the work and mission of the UN in peacekeeping;
•Insight and hands-on experience in organizing and running complex event;
•Familiarization with working in an international organization and a multicultural environment;
•To extensively use English and Spanish as a means of communication, both spoken and written.


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.

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 limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

•Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
-be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
-be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent); or
-have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;

•Field of study: Any field within engineering or environmental sciences are preferred; other fields may be considered if the experience and course content are aligned with the above responsibilities.
•Computer literacy is a prerequisite; proficiency in work processing programmes, such as Microsoft Office suite of applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), is required.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, however experience in engineering fields, report writing, analytical argument, presentations, research or development activities is desirable.


English or French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish is required for the Internship.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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 from the programme?)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
•List your top three areas of interest in the field of environment/project management/construction, research.
•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.

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.

No Fee


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