Org. Setting and Reporting
This internship is situated in the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) at The International Seabed Authority (ISA) under the supervision of a legal officer or any other staff member within the OLA team. Daily tasks include assisting the team with completing and optimizing the day-to-day tasks within the office. Selections will be made on a rolling basis. Workdays are Monday to Friday. In view of the pandemic, work from home and flexi-hours arrangements are available for this role, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The minimum period for each internship role is two months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Office.
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 ISA premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the assigned supervisor. The following responsibilities can be adapted, as appropriate, to fit each intern.
This opportunity is designed for an intern to work with experienced legal officers and other team members in OLA whilst at the same time developing capacity, skills, and knowledge base in the work of the ISA.
Duties may include, but are not limited to
1. Undertake background research, based on public international law as well as ocean law and policy as and when required. Assisting legal officers with the preparation and documentation work involved in preparing of annual sessions, including note taking and transcribing of recorded meetings as and when necessary.
2. Assist with the compilation of a manual/ historical document detailing the progress made by the international Seabed Authority in the development of the Draft Exploitation Regulations from its inception till date.
3. Provide administrative and quasi-legal support on the work related to the document gathering and compiling of data related to the development of a Deepsea mining registry for the International Seabed Authority.
4. Assisting with any other quasi-legal tasks that may be assigned on a rolling basis by the supervisors.
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.
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; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme in law or related field (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in law or related field (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree in law or related field (as defined in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
2. Be computer literate in standard word processing and spreadsheets software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar.
3. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
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.
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.
English and French are the working languages of ISA. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
In their Cover Note, interested Candidates should indicate their availability (please specify to/from dates).
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme)
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List your top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department
- Explain your interest in the ISA Internship Programme
- Indicate their availability (please specify to/from dates).
In your 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 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.
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.
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