Org. Setting and Reporting
We seek motivated interns to support the work of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre, which reports to the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination through the Director of Strategic Planning and Monitoring in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) with additional reporting line to the Director for Coordination and Shared Services (ODCSS) of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) with regard to services for the peace and security pillar. UNOCC provides global situational awareness, crisis and risk management services. It supports UN leadership with cross-pillar decision-making support and serves as the primary cross-pillar analytics hub at UN Headquarters.Responsibilities
TRACK 1: Data Analysis, Visualization and Reporting
•Conduct independent research, including data validation and informed selection of quantitative indicators, to support cross-pillar and integrated reporting needs; help fill data gaps and outputs in countries where primary data availability is low using secondary sources; help strengthen data-driven domain knowledge (economic, conflict, human rights, etc) captured in analytical products and reports;
•Assist in generating visual slides for cross-pillar and integrated-reporting outputs to senior UN leadership using standard methodology and templates; help develop and maintain standard data and visual templates; Assist in producing custom visual outputs such as charts, graphs, infographics using graphing tools or via standard graphic design software like Adobe Suite;
•Assist in creating basic maps (base, choropleth, heat, proportional, dot density) and satellite imagery notation using standard geospatial techniques and GIS software;
•Help build, process, organize, and transcribe structured surveys to support evidence-based decision making and internal consensus building; Assist in the development and maintenance the survey codebook and database;
•Help systematically analyze and produce reports on decisions made in the risk preventions forums administered by the UNOCC;
•Develop dashboards and visualizations for senior managers and provide user support;
•Assist with ad-hoc analysis and reporting needs by helping validate, process and organize datasets;
TRACK 2: Data Science
•Support the update and maintenance of risk models and composite indices, that draw upon internal and external sources - including checking data preparation scripts, BI pipelines, relationship models, forecasting/data imputation workflows and scripts, and transformation steps;
•Assist in the research and design of statistical methodology for survey analytics, including correlation, bias, trend analysis based on peer reviewed and scientific methodology, and contribute to the python source code for workflow automation;
•Assist in testing (statistics, winsorisation, correlation testing, score mapping, aggregation) and developing standard Composite Indicators and Scoreboards tool/workflow for long-term and short-term risk indices;
TRACK 3: Data Pipeline and Systems Engineering
•Assist in automating survey to reporting workflow using cloud-based systems and serverless tools;
•Help monitor and troublesoothe unexpected issues in data harvesting systems and scripts (Azure Functions, MQuery, Python Scripts, Azure Data Factory)
•Assist in developing and maintaining the decision trackers and reporting pipelines across prevention forums;
•Assist in the routine maintenance and strengthening of the data catalogue supporting all reporting mechanisms such as RMRs, ECDC, FactPacks etc, using standard data deployment pipelines;
•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
PLANNING AND 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
•Actively seeks to apply emerging technology across tasks
•Keeps abreast of available technology
•Understands applicability and opportunities of technology for the organization
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or (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;
The field of study must be closely related to the type of internship you are applying for. Studies in Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, Information Management, GIS, Statistics, Mathematics, Management and Strategy, Analytics, Operations Research, Data Visualization or Information Design, Economics, Business Administration or closely-related fields;
All interested candidates must:
•Be computer literate in standard software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
•Have a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
•Have the ability and willingness in working in a high-paced executive setting - ability to take initiative, assess priorities, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines;
•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;
•Ability to understand or use at least one computer programming language to work effectively with data;
•Ability to understand and apply basic statistics;
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.
TRACK 1: Data Analysis, Visualization and Reporting
•Keen interest in supporting systematic integrated analysis and cross-pillar reporting
•Excellent presentation design skills (knowledge of Adobe InDesign / Illustrator an advantage); experience generating custom data visualization is an advantage
•Strong knowledge of data management techniques, quantitative / qualitative analysis; ability to quickly merge disparate information sources using business intelligence or similar tools, and generate reports and analytical outputs
•Strong knowledge of one or more analytics tools (e.g. Power BI, Excel, Tableau, Infogram, PowerPoint, SQL, R, Python)
•Experience in the use of GIS tools such as ArcGIS and QGIS for mapping; ability to execute geospatial analysis workflows an advantage
TRACK 2: Data Science
•Keen interest in supporting systematic data-driven hypothesis testing, drawing verifiable insights, finding hidden patterns, and supporting scientific rigor in analytical workflows
•Strong knowledge of data extraction, wrangling and mining techniques from APIs or disparate pipelines; ability to check and correct data quality issues using statistical methods
•Knowledge of data modelling processes; ability to work with composite indices and models is an advantage
•Experience in supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning using machine learning algorithms such as natural language processing, logistic regression, kNN, Random Forest or gradient boosting to optimize business needs an advantage
•Experience supporting systematic workflows using GIS data for geospatial analysis such as spatial aggregation, density, clustering, hotspot, proximity, change an advantage
TRACK 3: Data Systems Engineering
•Keen interest in the information systems design and integrating scalable and future-proof technologies for business process optimization
•Strong knowledge of data harvesting techniques and tools; experience with API testing workflows and tools an advantage
•Experience in Azure or AWS based tools and services for data pipeline engineering an advantage
Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Internships starting after 1 September 2021 will be in person at the duty station in New York (USA), local conditions permitting, with the option of flexible working arrangements.
Selected candidates may need to make proper arrangements to obtain a G4 visa if they are not US citizens or permanent residents.
The internship is for a minimum period of three months, with possibility of extension up to six months. In their cover note, interested candidates should indicate their availability.
• Fall (September - December)
• Winter/Spring (January - April)
• Summer (May - August)
In the cover note, candidate should also indicate the track they are interested in:
•Track 1: Data Analysis, Visualization and Reporting
•Track 2: Data Science
•Track 3: Data Systems Engineering
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations internship programme does not provide remuneration; All internship related expenses – travel, insurance, living etc. – are the responsibility of the intern, sponsoring Government or institution; The UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents, illness or death during the internship; The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the end of the internship; The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan; Interns are not staff members and may not represent the UN in any official capacity; Due to the high volume of applications received, we can only contact successful candidates; Interns work full time - five days per week.
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.
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 “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.
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