Org. Setting and Reporting
This internship is located with Knowledge Management Team (KMT) within the Capacity Development and Operational Training Service (CDOTS)/Department of Operational Services (DOS).
DOS provides end-to-end operational support, advisory services and other solutions to the operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from-headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.
CDOTS provides operational training, including training on enterprise resource management system and leads as the main facilitator of business process management activities in the UN Secretariat.
The KMT is responsible for the provision of knowledge management services to the global Secretariat. The premier service provided by this team is the Knowledge Gateway, an organization-wide platform for internal guidance-sharing on administrative and operational support topics, which is part of the integrated Policy and Guidance Framework, a joint initiative of DMSPC. Other activities include the development and implementation of a guidance development framework for operational support, supporting partners in the development of specialized communities of practice, knowledge tools and products, and facilitating group processes aimed at fostering a knowledge-sharing culture.
The internship is for a maximum period of six months. Due to COVID-19, candidates should be prepared to work remotely (telecommute) for the duration of the internship. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours).
The Intern will work under the supervision of the Team Leader, KMT/CDOTS/DOS.
Under the supervision of the Team Leader for KMT, the intern will perform the following
• Convert administrative and operational support guidance in to short, informative and appealing videos to promote learning and socialization of guidance developed by Subject Matter Expert Offices using tools such as Adobe Premerie Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Captivate, Animaker or Doodly or similar.
• Convert administrative and operational support guidance in to eye catching, succinct, informative and illustrative graphic products such as inforgraphics, media cards, cheat sheets, flow charts using software such as Adobe Illustration, Adobe Photoshop, Canva, Venngage or similar tools.
• Convert MS word based administrative and operational support guidance in to interactive PDFs, Mobile Apps and other creative mediums.
• Innovate ways to disseminate and socialize administrative and operational support guidance hosted in the Knowledge Gateway.
• Participate in Knowledge Gateway outreach activities
• Contribute to the maintenance of the Gateway Assistant (Bot) by developing question sets for new administrative and operational support guidance in the Knowledge Gateway.
• Perform outreach and coordination activities related to the Knowledge Gateway quarterly content review including reviewing and identifying content within the Knowledge Gateway which may be out of date and reaching out to focal points to coordinate have content updated accordingly.
• Participate in meetings with partners and clients to determine their multimedia needs related to administrative and operational support guidance.
• Other tasks as assigned.
Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems in a pragmatic way through the leveraging of technology and out-of-the-box thinking. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment and work autonomously in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.
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 or B):
(a) be enrolled in, or have completed a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent).
- Be proficient in standard office automation equipment (e.g. computer, scanner, printer, etc.) and software systems (e.g. Microsoft Windows 10 or similar; Microsoft Office or similar,
- Be familiar with cutting-edge technology and tools and/or have experience with social networking and collaboration platforms.
- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the 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.
- Preference will be given to applicants with an educational background in Graphic Design, Website Design and Content Management, Video Production, Public Information, Communications, Multimedia Studies, Publishing, Marketing, Business Administration.
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. Fluency in English is required for the internship. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Potential candidates will be contacted directly by the hiring manager for further consideration.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.
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 or the title of the degree you have obtained;
• Graduation Date (When will you be graduating/ have graduated from the programme?).
• IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
• 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.
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
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an
internship at the United Nations.
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staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity,
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in the application.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for
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to undertake the internship.
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