• Added Date: Thursday, 28 July 2022
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 11 August 2022
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Org. Setting and Reporting

We seek a motivated intern to support the work of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC). The UNOCC is a multi-party entity reporting to the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Policy in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and on peacekeeping matters to the USG for Peace Operations in the Department of Peace Operations. The UNOCC supports UN senior leadership decision-making through the delivery of situational awareness, cross-pillar analytics, preventive engagement, and crisis and risk management.

The Intern will report to full-time professional staff in the UNOCC Front Office and support the work of the office.

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


โ€ข Support monitoring, research and analysis of political and security developments, human rights, economic and social developments, and humanitarian issues aligned with UN system-wide activities and priorities
โ€ข Assist in preparing visual slides and analytics for senior UN leadership using standard methodology and templates; help process, organize, and transcribe structured surveys to support evidence-based decision making
โ€ข Assist in the preparation of briefing notes, reports and other documents for senior UN leadership
โ€ข Assist in the preparation of talking points and other senior-level correspondence; participate in meetings and prepare summaries
โ€ข Assist in the research and review of policies and guidance documents
โ€ข Maintain and develop data sets, dashboards, and standard briefing material
โ€ข Support delivery of presentations to Member States, including by compiling, processing, and visualizing information in a collaborative setting under time pressure

Applicants with relevant work experiences as well as interests, skills and knowledge in the areas below are desirable:
โ€ข Interest in international affairs, policy analysis, performance optimization
โ€ข Experience in analysis, analytic tools and data management techniques
โ€ข Strong presentation, design, data visualization skills
โ€ข Data competency and experience



โ€ข Shows ability to monitor and analyze political, human rights, humanitarian, operational, and security developments, making sense of a broad range of information and data to draw insight
โ€ข Demonstrates the skill and knowledge necessary to produce visual presentations and briefs on substantive issues
โ€ข Shows willingness to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in professional situations
โ€ข Applies an exceptional level of attention to detail to all tasks


โ€ข Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
โ€ข Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
โ€ข Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
โ€ข Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
โ€ข Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed


โ€ข A motivated self-starter able to use initiative to solve problems and work reliably to a high standard with minimal supervision
โ€ข Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
โ€ข Actively seeks to apply technology across tasks


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1. (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.

3. Keen interest in the work of the UN and personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter. 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.

4. Excellent drafting skills and data analysis and visualization skills and proficiency in related software applications (e.g. Microsoft Power BI, SharePoint Tableau, Adobe Illustrator) and excellent drafting skills 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 UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required (written and oral). Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.

Special Notice

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least three months, with the possibility to extend up to six months. In your cover letter, please indicate when you would like to start your internship; start and end dates are flexible.

A complete online application (cover letter and Personal History Profile) is required; incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The cover letter must include:
โ€ข Degree you are pursuing/received
โ€ข Graduation date
โ€ข Explanation of your interest in the internship and why you are the best candidate
โ€ข Explanation of how your interests, skills and experiences match the job description
โ€ข IT skills and software applications you are proficient in
โ€ข Any regional or country-specific expertise

In your Personal History Profile, please include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we will 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 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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