INTERN - FINANCE [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Friday, 05 April 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 01 October 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of Programme, Planning, Finance and Budget, Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance is recruiting interns for the Programme Planning and Budget Division in New York. We are seeking highly motivated individuals who wish to gain professional experience in financial management, financial procedures and practices, and analysis of budgeting, accounting and financial requirements within an international organization in order to supplement their studies. The Intern will report to the Chief of Service or the Programme Budget Officer,

- The duration of the internship is between 2 months to a maximum of 6 months depending on particular needs of the project.

- Internships are unpaid. Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern.

- Internship positions are full-time and interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a relevant staff member, based upon their assignment


These responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

-Research and compile historical information relating to mandates, historical expenditure pattern, adopted strategies, economic and social context, as they relate to budget submissions
-Ensure that resource requirements are in line with the applicable rules and regulations and with the mandates of the Security Council / General Assembly
-Perform sensitivity and risk analysis
-Monitoring the implementation of UN budgets;
-Identifying variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures;
-Generate financial information using databases and spreadsheets

The successful candidate would be able to improve knowledge in the following areas:

-Budgeting in the United Nations;
-Global challenges and related mandates, programmes and resources entrusted to the UN to address them;
-Budget preparation practices in the United Nations;
-Regulatory frameworks governing the Programme Planning and Budgeting in the UN;
-Information technology systems related to budget and finance in the UN;
-Intergovernmental process related to the approval of UN budgets;
-Researching and analysing large sets of data and summarize / present it for decision-making purposes.


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:

1. 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) in business or public administration, finance or related area; or
c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in a or b above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.;
d) If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree in business or public administration, finance or related area

2. Be computer literate in standard word processing and software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar; Be proficient in standard office automation equipment scanner, printer, etc.).

3. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter.

4. 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 project. However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their personal history profile.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required, knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Applicants are encouraged to clearly indicate their areas of interests and highlight their specific skills and/or experience in their cover note. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving UN department. Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Letter and Personal History Profile) in INSPIRA is required. To complete an online application, please create and complete a personal history profile (PHP)
and a cover letter in the UN e-Recruitment system ( In your PHP, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), education, skills, languages and three references. Please ensure that you indicate your proficiency in the English language in your PHP.

The cover note should include the following:
•Title of the degree currently being pursued by the applicant and the specific subjects taken;
•Expected graduation date from the degree programme that the applicant is enrolled in;
•Explain how an internship with the in the United Nations fits within your career plans and why you would be the best candidate for this team.
•A clear indication of the time frame of your availability for the Internship.

Please note that incomplete applications with not be reviewed.

Due to 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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