• Added Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

This internship is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism and is offered for a minimum of three months (with an opportunity for extension up to a total period of six months depending on the needs of the department). The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.


Selected intern will work in various areas of external relations, donor relations, communications and public information.

The intern will be expected to perform various activities including:

(1) Provide assistance on a whole range of external and donor relations activities and communications and public information activities in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General, ensuring consistency in the application of United Nations rules and procedures;
(2) maintain up-to-date internal paper and electronic files related to these issues; keep track of the new developments and follow-up actions, and ensure that the electronic databases are continually updated to reflect such changes;
(3) provide support in organizing consultative meetings and special events, assist in preparation of background material and communications products;
(4) update content for the website and monitor international media related to Counter Terrorism, Preventing Violent Extremisms and Office of Counter-Terrorism news, contribute to the production of other communication outputs and products including newsletters, internal communications, brochures and flyers
(5) provide research on various issues related to donor relations, communications and public information and summarize information for future reference;
(6) perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to research, select, organize and summarize information required for reports, studies, briefings, etc. Ability to accurately and independently prepare the full range of outputs, products reports, etc. Demonstrates ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Excellent secretarial skills including drafting ability and familiarization with word processing techniques. Ability to undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. 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 challenge. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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

Planning & Organizing: Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Uses time efficiently. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.


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: (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); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

Be experienced with standard software applications such as Word, Excel and Power Point.

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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency (both oral and written) in English is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of other official UN languages is also an asset.


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:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date (when you will be graduating from the programme)
- List IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s)
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to a 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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