• Added Date: Thursday, 01 April 2021
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship is located in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator at United Nations Headquarters in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The Resident Coordinator system, ensures the coordination of all organizations of the United Nations dealing with operational activities for development at the country level, regardless of the nature of their presence in the country. It encompasses the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Country Team and Resident Coordinatorโ€™s Office and is served by the UN Development Coordination Office.
The Resident Coordinator system is focused on the advancement of sustainable development, leaving no one behind, and with the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions as an overarching objective, consistent with the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In performing her/his functions, the Resident Coordinator is guided by the respective UNDAF and international frameworks, norms and standards agreed amongst the Member States of the United Nations.
The Resident Coordinator (RC) is the highest ranking representative of the United Nations development system (UNDS) at the country level, with the responsibility to lead United Nations country team, and ensure system-wide accountability on the ground โ€“ including through a matrixed dual reporting model - for the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and coordinating UN support to countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The Office of the Resident Coordinator (OCR) supports the work of the Resident Coordinator and is made up of a team of professionals who advise the Resident Coordinator in the undertaking of his duties and promote the joint work of the UN entities in the country to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

The Intern reports to the Senior Human Rights Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator in the Dominican Republic.
This internship is expected to start on 3 May, for an initial period of three months and may be extended up to six months depending on the needs of the Office.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (40 hours).
https://dominicanrepublic.un.org/es/about/about-the-resident-coordinator-office

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Human Rights Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator, the intern duties include, but are not limited to:

- Conducting comparative and thematic analysis of the National Plan on Human Rights and the recommendations made by human rights mechanisms.
- Undertaking thematic research on human rights issues in-focus, including data and statistics gathering, as appropriate.
- Assisting in the preparations of meetings, during conferences and workshops and in the drafting and preparation of official documents.
-Assisting in the elaboration of Standard Operating Procedures and on the implementation of human rights policies such as the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on UN Support to Non-UN Security Forces.
-Assist in the provision of training on United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms, Human Rights Indicators, a Human Rights-Based Approach to programming and international standards on human rights, as appropriate.
- Undertake other human rights-related activities, such as media analysis, and speech drafting.
-Support other initiatives of the Office of the Resident Coordinator, as deemed appropriate.

Competencies

Professionalism: 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

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
โ€ขApplicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelorโ€™s level or equivalent). (OFFICIAL WRITTEN PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORTING ONE OF THE ABOVE POSSIBILITIES MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION);
โ€ขBe computer literate in standard software applications;
โ€ขHave a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
โ€ขHave 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

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.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work
experience. Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?

Languages

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

Assessment

Considered candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager for further assessment.

Special Notice

โ€œA completed online application (Cover Note, Personal History Profile as well as proof of enrolment and/or graduation) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
โ€ขDegree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
โ€ขGraduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
โ€ขList the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
โ€ขList your top three areas of interest.
โ€ขExplain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
โ€ขExplain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme in general and this assignment in particular.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Do not forget to attach your proof of enrolment or graduation.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

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 โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ 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 perpetratorโ€™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.

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 โ€œManualsโ€ 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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTSโ€™ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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