• Added Date: Thursday, 04 April 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 03 May 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship position is located in the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED), Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), under the supervision of a Chief of Section. OIOS-IED conducts independent inspections and evaluations on behalf of the Secretary-General and Member States. OIOS-IED’s objective is “To strengthen accountability, learning, efficiency, effectiveness and impact in the implementation of programmes and the relevance of administrative procedures and to assess whether the activities correspond to the mandates.” More information on OIOS and IED is available at:

OIOS-IED is seeking graduate students who wish to gain professional experience in an international organization to supplement their studies. The internship provides practical educational experience working in a multicultural and intergovernmental organization. Under the supervision of managers of OIOS-IED, the intern is assigned projects and tasks that are relevant to their educational background and interests and provide them with the opportunity to apply and further develop their theoretical knowledge.

The internship is based in New York City, is UNPAID and full-time, working five days per week. The internship is for Summer and/or Fall 2019, a minimum duration of 2 months and can be extended up to 6 months.


Interns will be expected to work on one or more of the Division's various inspection and evaluation projects. Within these projects, interns will:
-Undertake research and analysis on various issues as required by the Chief of Section and inspection/evaluation team leader, conducting quantitative or qualitative data analysis as appropriate, preparing presentations of analytical outputs;
-Assist with administrative and logistical aspects associated with planning and conducting the inspection/evaluation;
-Support/assist the Chief of Section in other Divisional matters, as required; and
-Perform other duties, as required.


If accepted, interns will be expected to embody the following competencies:

Professionalism: 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; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.


To qualify for an internship through the United Nations New York Headquarters Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) 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, preferably including Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint;

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

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. Demonstrated exposure, either through work or studies, to skills-building experience and coursework related to OIOS-IED's work - that is, international affairs, qualitative and quantitative research, and/or organizational analysis -- are highly desirable.

Also desirable are interest in and academic or professional exposure to the work of one or more of the entities covered by OIOS-IED’s inspection and evaluation workplan for the period covered by the internship. These are as follows:

•Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA)
•Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA);
•Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS);
•Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA)/New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); and
•UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women).


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the Hiring Manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

The internship is for Spring/Summer/Fall 2019, with a minimum duration of 2 months and can be extended up to 6 months.

The internship is unpaid and based in New York City. Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis. Any flexible working arrangements have to be explicitly agreed upon, and interns will be expected to work the equivalent of a minimum of at least two months.

A completed online application (cover note and personal history profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The cover note must include:
•Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
•Graduation date (when will you be graduating/have graduated from the programme?).
•Period of availability (start and end dates).
•Skills and experience in research, evaluation and qualitative and/or quantitative data collection and/or analysis.
•IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
•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, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Children and siblings of UN staff members are not eligible for participation in the UN internship programme.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful 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 “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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