Org. Setting and Reporting
The Organizational Development Section within Office of Human Resources (OHR), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC), is seeking interns with a background in organizational development, human resources management, industrial/organisational/occupational psychology, and other relevant fields, interested in gaining professional, hands-on experience with organizational development, staff engagement and performance management in a large-scale, multi-cultural, global organization.
The internship is for a minimum of three months with a possibility for extension up to six months. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of seasoned UN HR specialists.
Internships are unpaid and travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas) and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern.
This opportunity is designed for an intern to work on different aspects around staff engagement and performance management. Interns will be assigned to specific projects based on individual backgrounds and preferences. A variety of projects centred on staff engagement and performance management are currently on-going. Depending on the assignment, project tasks may include the following:
- Support design of a staff engagement survey;
- Support development and execution of communication strategies on staff engagement;
- Support the delivery of a global staff engagement survey within the UN;
- Develop presentation on various topics relevant for organizational development;
- Identify and develop innovative ways to communicate with globally dispersed employees on new initiatives;
- Plan for and document meetings;
- Analyze data and present conclusions;
- Other administrative tasks and projects as needed.
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.
Planning & Organizing: 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.
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;
Preference will be given to applicants with an educational background in Industrial/Organisational/Occupational Psychology and Human Resources.
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.
Additionally, applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications (i.e., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint); familiarity with statistical software (e.g., SPSS) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, Fluency in all four areas of English is required (i.e., speaking, writing, reading, listening). Fluency in French is desirable.Assessment
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
A completed online application, including a cover note and personal history profile (PHP) is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The cover note must include:
•Title of degree that the applicant is currently pursuing;
•Graduation date (when applicant graduated or will be graduating from the programme);
•The IT skills and programmes that the applicant is proficient in;
•An explanation why the applicant is a suitable candidate for this specific position;
•An explanation of the applicant’s interest in the United Nations Internship Programme; and
•The applicant’s availability time frame for the internship.
In your online 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 applicants 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.
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