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The internship in the United Nations Office for Partnerships, UNHQ, New York, is for six months with a desired starting date of 1 April 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 department or office to which they are assigned.
The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) serves as a global gateway for public-private partnerships to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Office oversees the following areas:
-The United Nations Fund for International Partnerships established in 1998 as the interface between the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations system.
-The United Nations Democracy Fund established 2005 to support democratization around the world.
-UNOP also provides Partnership Advisory and Outreach Services in response to demand from the UN system, Governments and non-State actors to catalyze public-private partnerships, through high-impact events and advice to potential partners regarding opportunities and good practices to promote the SDGs as a framework for action. In this capacity, UNOP also serves as the Secretariat for the Secretary-General's SDG Advocates and the SDG Strategy Hub.
-The SDG Strategy Hub (Hub) serves as a one-stop shop to proactively engage, connect, convene and leverage critical actors and existing platforms seeking to educate, empower and mobilize citizens, influencers and other stakeholders to act in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Responsibilities of the internship position range widely. They may include, but are not limited to:
-Assist and contributing to preparation and production of high-level partnership events;
-Conduct research on issues related to partnerships, advocacy, and the 2030 Agenda;
- Support various initiatives related to sustainable, responsible and ethical fashion;
-Support the operations of the Secretary-General's SDG Advocates group;
-Draft various written materials related to the partnership agenda and the SDGs;
-Contribute to a wide portfolio of reports and documents prepared by the Office;
-Conduct research and evaluations of projects under the UN Fund for International Partnerships;
- Attend and taking notes at various UN conferences and meetings;
-Assist in communication with existing and potential partner organizations;
-Update the UNOP website and other outreach materials;
-Attend, on behalf of the Office, and contributing to various UN conferences and meetings;
-Assist UNOP staff as requested.
-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.
Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary-Uses time efficiently.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
-Applicants 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)
- 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 UN Charter
-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.
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.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying)
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
• List your top three areas of interest.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
• Objectives for undertaking an internship with the UN Office for Partnerships and how the internship fits within the applicant's education/career plan.
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.
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. The applicant must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations.
At the United Nations the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regards to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa and if required, employment authorization allowing them to undertake the internship.
Interns will need to provide all necessary hardware (computer),software and internet connection to perform the internship remotely.
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.
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