• Added Date: Wednesday, 02 June 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

The African Union Partnership Team (AUPT) is seeking candidates for an internship. The team is embedded in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPADPO/OASG/Africa). The AUPT oversees the strategic, political, and operational partnership with the African Union (AU) and African sub-regional organizations and mechanisms (REC/RMs) in the areas of peace and security. The intern will assist AUPT by providing support on matters relating to cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union and African sub-regional organizations in the areas of conflict prevention, conflict management, peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Africa, and help with coordination within the United Nations, the United Nations Office to the African Union in particular, and with other partners, as appropriate. The internship is for an initial period of three months with a possibility of extension for up to six months, depending on the needs of the office. 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. The start date is flexible and expected in June/July 2021.


The candidate will perform the following duties:
-Summarize key reports, public and academic articles and correspondence relating to the African Union, the United Nations โ€“ African Union cooperation, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), and African sub-regional organizations and mechanisms (REC/RMs), as needed;
-Assist in developing a database including recommendations and joint action points agreed at Principal and working levels between the UN and AU on relevant files and monitor the status of the implementation of such recommendations;
-Assist in preparing: i) AUPT internal meeting action points; ii) AUPT weekly reports and; iii) UNOAU-AUPT bi-weekly meeting summaries;
-Assist in the organization of meetings and events;
-Assist in the preparation of communication materials including presentations;
-Participate in meetings and draft minutes/meeting summaries;
-Carry out individual research assignments and contribute to briefings on African Union-related issues;
-Perform additional tasks as requested.


1) Communication:
โ€ขSpeaks and writes clearly and effectively;
โ€ขListens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
โ€ขAsks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
โ€ขTailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
โ€ขDemonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
2) Teamwork:
โ€ขWorks collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
โ€ขSolicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
โ€ขPlaces team agenda before personal agenda;
โ€ขSupports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
โ€ขShares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
3) Client Orientation:
โ€ขConsiders all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view;
โ€ขEstablishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
โ€ขIdentifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
โ€ขMonitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
โ€ขKeeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
โ€ขMeets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university of higher); be enrolled in the final academic year of a first level university degree programme (minimum bachelor's 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 United Nations 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.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post fluency in both English and French is an asset.


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

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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