• Added Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship opportunity is located in the Organizational Development Section (ODS) in the Office of Human Resources in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. ODS promotes a culture of continuous learning and develops programmes and initiatives to support staff in enhancing their skills, knowledge and competencies so they are better equipped to deliver on the Organizationโ€™s mandates.

The internship is for three months with an opportunity for extension to six months, depending on the needs of the department. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work normally five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a Staff Development Officer and/or Visual Designer in the Organizational Development Section.

Responsibilities

Do you want to serve a bigger cause? Are you someone who thrives on diversity and working together with people from all over the world? The Organizational Development Section in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC), of the United Nations in New York is currently looking for a Learning and development intern who is interested in joining a very dynamic and international office that is mandated to provide human resources services across the global UN Secretariat, and to identify and respond to Organizational learning and development needs. Examples of daily tasks include to:

โ€ข Assist with a Learning Management System (LMS) pilot and the design of online learning courses and materials for various initiatives such as the UN Online Mandatory Programmes, Disability Inclusion learning portfolio, LinkedIn Learning, Orientation, and more.
โ€ข Assist with playlists, maintenance, and user management of the UNโ€™s LinkedIn Learning portal.
โ€ข Assist with user testing, surveys, beta testing of online learning and other evaluation processes.
โ€ข Manage meeting agendas and draft meeting notes.
โ€ข Assist with Online Learning Advisory service function.

Competencies

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 othersโ€™ 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.

Creativity:Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box." Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Education

To qualify for the United Nations Headquarters Secretariat Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

- Applicants must meet the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in communication or public health; or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent) in communication or public health.

โ€ข Be computer literate in standard software applications, in particular Microsoft Word and Excel.
โ€ข Be familiar with instructional design approaches and adult learning theories.
โ€ข Be familiar with online learning authoring tools and applications is a plus.
โ€ข Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
โ€ข 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.
โ€ข Familiarity and interest with issues related to international relations and equal representation of women and gender mainstreaming.

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.

Languages

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

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.

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.

A completed online application (Cover Letter and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Letter must include:
โ€ขTitle of degree you are currently pursuing
โ€ขGraduation date (when you will be graduating from the programme)
โ€ขExplanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
โ€ขExplanation of why you think you are the best candidate for this role

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, data analysis experience and software used, and three references.

Due to the 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 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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