Org. Setting and Reporting
The Internship is in the Outreach Division of the Department of Global Communications. It is for a period of two months but expected to be extended to up to six months, subject to good performance and continued needs (which is almost always the case), starting in mid-June/early July 2021 and running to December 2021. Candidates MUST therefore be available for up to six months.
The Outreach Division works to promote the ideals and activities of the United Nations. Through programming, events and campaigns, the division engages partners and stakeholders across various spheres of the public and private sector as well as civil society and local communities worldwide to accelerate the action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
The position is located in the Director's Office of the Outreach Division. Depending on the candidate’s educational background, professional experience, and interests, the selected intern may work more closely with the Director's Office on Special Projects, which may include the UN presence at Expo in Dubai, or with the Exhibits unit. Selected interns will be part of the Director´s Office and cooperate on tasks central to the division.
The internships are unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days a week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, interns may be required to work remotely (from their home or elsewhere) unless and until a decision is made that they may work from the office in New York. This decision will be at the discretion of the Organization, and it is not possible to foresee whether or when this will happen.
The selected interns will be part of a team which supports the Director of the Division, who is also the Commissioner-General for the UN pavilion and presence at the World Expo in Dubai. Expo 2020 will, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, take place from 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022.
Selected interns will participate in the day-to-day work at the Director´s Office of the Outreach Division and support the office on drafting concept notes, background information, taking minutes, scheduling meetings and other ad hoc tasks as required. In addition, the interns will have the following tasks:
*Researches, compiles and organizes materials for use in preparation of the UN´s participation in events at Expo 2020 and/or in the development of UN exhibitions.
*Supports the coordination with UN entities on activities at Expo, including maintaining and updating the calendar of events and other relevant information for UN stakeholders.
*Supports in logistical and administrative tasks related to partnerships and outreach, including event/project planning and management; scheduling meetings and compiling relevant information prior to meetings; and responding to or drafting responses to a wide range of correspondence and other communications.
*Supports communication and outreach activities in relation to the UN´s participation at Expo and/or UN exhibitions, including drafting and editing website content/news stories and social media content; updating the UN webpage under guidance from UN Web colleagues; and monitoring social media output.
*Supports the planning and logistics of Expo visits for UN delegations to the Expo site that the Outreach Director might be involved in.
The above descriptions are generic, and interns will be expected to support other functions based on needs and on their abilities. All interns are expected to be flexible, and perform different types of relevant duties in support of colleagues as may be needed.
•Communication: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
•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.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, 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)
Applicants must also:
- 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.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is related to the type of internship that you are applying to is required.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration, which will include a test or/and an interview.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)
• 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.
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations.
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.
Interns will need to provide all necessary hardware (computer), software and internet connection to perform the internship remotely.
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.
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.
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.
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 “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.
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