• Added Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch (SCSOB) is seeking two interns to join the Branch for a period of six months. The internships will be unpaid. Interns will ideally work fulltime (35 hours), five days per week under the supervision of a Political Affairs Officer within the Branch. SCSOB is a part of the Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD), of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA).
SCSOB supports Security Council subsidiary bodies, including sanctions committees, the Counter-Terrorism Committee, the 1540 Committee on threats caused by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as the Security Council Committee on Admission of New Members and the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. The Branch also assists sanctions monitoring groups, teams and panels, providing them with logistical support and substantive guidance. In addition, the Branch provides support to the Security Council on the implementation of resolution 2231 (2015) on the Iran nuclear issue.
Placements on two different teams are available.
One internship is available with the Policy Team of SCSOB, which coordinates work across the Branch and focuses on, inter-alia, external partnerships and UN sanctions implementation capacity building.
A second internship is available with one of the teams supporting a Security Council Sanctions Committee.
Applications must be submitted online through the link on this page. A completed Personal History Profile (PHP), including Cover Note, is required. Please indicate a preference for placement, if any, and start-date availability in the Cover Note.
Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for further assessment will be contacted.


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Intern(s) will perform duties including, but not limited to:
•Gathering, selecting and analysing information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
•Performing analytical research on, inter-alia, UN sanctions implementation and counter-terrorism issues.
•Assisting in the preparation of official UN documentation.
•Assisting in the organization of UN conferences and meetings, including summarizing meeting proceedings.
•Undertaking other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Ability to research and compile background materials, and draft and edit documents to high standards. Ability to prioritize and manage time and resources efficiently and effectively. Familiarity in the use of various electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to serve as note-taker at meetings and produce summary reports. Use of tact in and ability to handle confidential information on sensitive political issues with due discretion. Awareness of the work of the United Nations including the Security Council and interest in conflict affected countries.
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.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
•Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (1) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (2) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (3) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
•Be computer literate in standard software applications;
•Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
•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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For these internship positions, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic or French is desirable for the second internship mentioned above.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for these internships.
SCSOB will be able to offer advice regarding visa applications but it is the ultimate responsibility of the candidate to secure the correct visa for the duration of their internship.
Upon successful completion of the internship, the intern(s) will receive a certificate.
Please note this internship is UNPAID.

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.

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.

No Fee


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