• Added Date: Thursday, 29 July 2021
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 28 October 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

We seek motivated interns to support the work of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre, which reports to the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination through the Director of Strategic Planning and Monitoring in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) with an additional reporting line to the Director for Coordination and Shared Services (ODCSS) of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) with regard to services for the peace and security pillar.

The UNOCC provides global situational awareness, crisis and risk management services. It supports UN leadership with cross-pillar decision-making support and serves as the primary cross-pillar analytics hub at UN Headquarters.

This internship may be located in the UNOCC’s (1) Research and Liaison Unit, which delivers cross-pillar analysis, research, and data-driven services that help integrate peace and security, humanitarian, sustainable development, human rights and operational perspectives; (2) the prevention team within the Office of the Director, which delivers the Regional Monthly Review (RMR) decision making process and analyzes information and data from across the UN system for early warning; or (3) the Watch Room, which provides 24/7 monitoring, situational awareness, and crisis management support.

UNOCC internships are for an ideal period of six (6) months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week.


Under the overall supervision of the relevant team leader, the Intern may:

-Support monitoring, research and analysis (quantitative and qualitative) of political and security developments, human rights, economic and social developments, and humanitarian issues aligned with UN system-wide activities and priorities, including with a view to enhancing its proactive horizon scanning and early warning capabilities;
-Assist in preparing visual slides and analytical briefs for cross-pillar and integrated-reporting outputs for senior UN leadership using standard methodology and templates; help process, organize, and transcribe structured surveys to support evidence-based decision making and internal consensus building; maintain dashboards for monitoring the status of senior leadership decision-making fora.
-Support delivery of presentations to Member States, including by compiling, processing, and visualizing information in a collaborative setting under time pressure;
-Assist in identifying sources of data, maintaining established records and data sets and the further development of responsive sets of data/indicators for use on analysis products; and
-Participate in meetings and draft minutes/meeting summaries as required



- Shows ability to monitor and analyze political, human rights, humanitarian, operational and security developments, making sense of a broad range of information and data and applying that knowledge to draw insight;
- Shows ability to produce visual presentations, briefs and papers on substantive issues;
- Shows capacity to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations;
- Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.


-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


-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:

1.Applicants at the time of application must meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent)

2. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and standard office automation equipment are required;

3.Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter.

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.

5. For the post advertised, data analysis and visualization skills and proficiency of related software applications (e.g. Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, Adobe Illustrator) are a strong advantage.

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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.

Special Notice

Internships starting after 1 September 2021 will be in person at the duty station in New York (USA), local conditions permitting, with the option of flexible working arrangements.

Selected candidates may need to make proper arrangements to obtain a G4 visa if they are not US citizens or permanent residents.

We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 3 months, with the possibility of extension for a total of six months. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that start and end dates are flexible.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must also include:

•Title of degree you are currently pursuing or have completed.
•Graduation Date (When will you be/are graduating/have graduated from the programme?)
•List the IT skills and software applications that you are proficient in
•Please explain how your interests, skills and knowledge match the job description
•List any areas of regional or country-specific expertise you have
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

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, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.

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.

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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