• Added Date: Monday, 26 April 2021
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 10 May 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Intern will support the work of the Mali Integrated Operational Team (Mali IOT), which covers the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Mali IOT is located within the Western Africa Division, in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations. The duration of the internship is for three (3) months with a possibility of extension up to six (6) months. The Mali IOT is looking for candidates interested in filling vacancies available between June and December 2021. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.


Within the delegated authority the Political Affairs Intern will perform the following duties: โ€ข Monitor and analyze key political and security developments, including as they relate to the implementation of mandate of MINUSMA; โ€ข Based on situation reports, press clippings, and media reports from the mission area, provide a daily news feed for principals; โ€ข Monitor general issues and summarize key public and academic articles, correspondences relating to peacekeeping; โ€ข Draft weekly reports on the political and security situation for the Security Council; โ€ข Assist in the preparation of communication materials, including presentations; โ€ข Participate in meetings and draft minutes/meeting summaries; โ€ข Carry out individual research assignments and contribute to briefing materials on peacekeeping related issues; โ€ข Perform any other duties as requested.


Core 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 inputs 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 Client Orientation: -Considers all those to whom services are provided to be โ€œclients โ€ and seeks to see things from clientsโ€™ point of view -Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their
trust and respect -Identifies clientsโ€™ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions -Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clientsโ€™ 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


Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second-level university or higher); be enrolled in the final academic year of a first level university degree programme (minimum Bachelors or equivalent); or have graduated with a university degree 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 demonstrated the 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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, exposure relating to Africa and peacekeeping would be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship position fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is required.


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

Special Notice

The Cover Note must include: โ€ข Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)โ€ขGraduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)โ€ขList the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in. โ€ข List your top three areas of interest. โ€ข Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship. โ€ข Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship programme.โ€ข Provide us with your dates of availability for 2018/2019. In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past
work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY pre-selected 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


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