INTERN - LIBRARY [Temporary]

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  • Added Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 30 April 2022

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is located in the library of the External Relations Office in the Mechanismโ€™s Registry in The Hague, Netherlands, reporting to the Head of External Relations. This job opening will be valid for the winter and spring 2022. Candidates are requested to indicate the dates of their availability as part of their cover letter.

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals ("Mechanism") is mandated to perform a number of essential functions previously carried out by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (โ€œICTRโ€) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (โ€œICTYโ€). In carrying out these essential functions the Mechanism maintains the legacies of these two pioneering ad hoc international criminal courts and strives to reflect best practices in the field of international criminal justice.

Responsibilities

โ€ข Carrying out circulation tasks (borrowing, renewing and reserving items)
โ€ข Answering email, telephone and in person enquiries, locating online journal articles and responding to reference queries
โ€ข Recording library statistics
โ€ข Shelving, labelling and processing publications as necessary
โ€ข Assisting in organising visits
โ€ข Working on special projects
โ€ข Other duties as required.

Competencies

โ€ข Professionalism โ€“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.

โ€ข Client Orientation โ€“ Considers all โ€œclientsโ€ and seeks their point of view; establishes and maintains productive
partnerships; identifies clientsโ€™ needs and provides solutions; monitors the clientsโ€™ environment and
anticipates problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timelines for delivery of
products or services to clients.

โ€ข Accountability โ€“ Takes ownership of responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality; operates in compliance with rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and
takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes responsibility for shortcomings.

โ€ข Planning and Organising โ€“ Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and adjusts as required; allocates appropriate time and resources for completing work; foresees risk and allows for contingencies; monitors and adjusts plans as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Education

Candidates for internships in the library of the External Relations section are required to be enrolled in, or have completed in the last 12 months, a relevant diploma/degree programme. A qualification in library/information science or information management or the intention to pursue one in the near future is desirable, but not necessary.

Candidates who could not apply earlier due to family responsibilities such as childcare, care for an elderly or sick family member, their own illness or who are attempting a career change or are re-entering the workforce will also be considered.

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 Mechanism. For this post excellent written and oral English is required. Knowledge of French or B/C/S (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) is an asset.

Assessment

Short-listed candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted.

Special Notice

Please note internships are unpaid. IRMCT interns are responsible for all internship-related expenses that they incur. Interns must therefore be able to cover their costs of travel, insurance, accommodation, as well as living expenses during the internship period. External sources of funding may be available please also check our website. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon award of an internship, interns are responsible for securing adequate insurance coverage and are required to sign and return a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of these conditions of service.

Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit written authorization of the Chief of Human Resources of the IRMCT. Interns are bound by the same duties and obligations as staff members, and the information to which an intern has access in the course of the internship must not be divulged to external parties. Each prospective intern must sign the Acceptance and Undertaking Form to indicate their understanding and acceptance of this stipulation.

There should be no expectation of employment by the United Nations or the IRMCT upon completion of the internship.

ALL of the documents listed below are required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Due to the number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Interested applicants must attach ALL of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via https:careers.un.org:

1. A cover letter including an available start and end date for the internship.
2. Two letters of recommendation preferably from academic or professional referees;
3. Copies of university/law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received.)

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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