INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Thursday, 15 October 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly. OIOS adds value by providing worldwide audit, investigation, inspection, programme monitoring and evaluation services to all bodies affiliated with the United Nations Secretariat. The Office of the Under-Secretary-General (OUSG) supports the Under-Secretary-General (USG) and the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) in the fulfillment of their responsibilities for executive direction and management of OIOS.

The internship, based in New York City, is UNPAID and full-time. The internship is initially for three months and can be extended up to six months, working five days per week under the supervision of a Chief of Unit in the department or office to which they are assigned. Internships may be undertaken on the basis of flexible working arrangements. The intern is required to work the equivalent of three months on a full-time basis within a six-month period.

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 regard 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.

Responsibilities

The Intern is expected to assist with the publishing and the developing of content for the OIOS public website and intranet. The intern may be assigned to developing other communication material as applicable. Responsibilities will depend on the individualโ€™s background, strength, and interest.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
-Maintaining and updating pages on the OIOS website,
-Identifying communication items on issues relevant to the Office or the Organization,
-Developing content such as mini interviews or other communications for an internal audience,
-Creating basic website-related graphic design as applicable,
-Developing other forms of communication material as required, including reports and dashboards using data analytics tools such as PowerBI.

Competencies

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

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

- Planning and 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.

- 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; 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; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

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

(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(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 (Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D., or equivalent) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
(d) if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, they must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree;
(e) graduated from or studying in the programme of public information, communication, information systems and communication technology, languages, social sciences, or a related field is desirable;
(f) be computer literate in standard software applications, in particular related to social media, proficiency in HTML, CSS and/or Drupal is desirable;
(g) have a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
(h) have a demonstrated ability to interact successfully with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme. Are you a student in a Bachelorโ€™s (final year), Masterโ€™s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have you completed a degree and are able to commence an internship within a year of graduation?
Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?
Will you be able to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?

Languages

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

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by the 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:
- Title of the degree you are currently pursuing.
- Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme).
- A list of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- A list of your top three areas of interest/department preference.
- An explanation of why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s),
- An explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

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

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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.

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.

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 regard 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.

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.

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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTSโ€™ BANK ACCOUNTS.

This vacancy is archived.

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