Org. Setting and Reporting
The duration of an UN internship is normally two months on a full-time basis - this maybe exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the respective Division. Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship. The UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service. 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.
This internship is positioned in the Office of the United Nations Coordinator's Office (UNRCO) in Lebanon. The intern works directly under the overall supervision of the Communications Officer at UNRCO. The internship is mostly based on the concept of volunteerism and, as such, involves no remuneration or guarantee of future employment with UN. All travel and accommodation expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or his/her sponsoring Government or institution.
Communications work in the RC Office seek to strengthen inter-Agency cooperation in the field of communications and to increase the media profile of the UN at the national level. This is done by supporting the UN Communication Group’s leadership for the UN Country Team, identifying new and creative ways to show how UN entities are delivering results (emphasizing inter-agency collaboration) and promoting a coherent image of the UN, through various communication activities.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) in Lebanon is looking for an intern with an interest in communications and development issues. The internship programme will enhance the intern’s educational and/or professional experience through practical work and exposure to a variety of global and national development challenges, including the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, Covid-19 response, humanitarian-development nexus and communications.
The internship programme will provide prospective interns with an opportunity to get acquainted with the UN development system in Lebanon, to become closely involved in its programmes and operations as well as to learn about global perspectives and national development/stabilization strategies.
The intern shall perform the following tasks:
•Support in updating, on daily basis, the UN Lebanon’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc), by downloading/arranging communications material, drafting and translating concise posts.
•Support in monitoring the performance of the UN Lebanon social media accounts and website through Google Analytics and other relevant platforms and provide suggestions for improved performance and maximum public outreach.
•Assist in updating the UNCT website, uploading relevant information and documents through its content management system.
•Provide translation support to the UNCT website and social media posts.
•Assist in taking photos and videos for media coverage and archiving, and support in feeding UN Lebanon Flickr account with related photos, categorized by themes, for future use in joint UN communication material.
•Provide admin assistance in organizing press conferences, briefings, meetings, and other events held by the RC;
•Assist in drafting and translating media advisories, press releases, talking points and/or another communications material, as deemed necessary;
•Assist in notetaking in meetings;
•Perform any other duties as assigned by the Head of UNRCO & the Communication Officer.
• Professionalism: 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
• 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
• Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; Treats all people with dignity and respect; Treats men and women equally; Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; Examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses; Does not discriminate against any individual or group
• 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:
1. Applicants must:
(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;
2. Applicants must:
(a) be computer literate in standard software applications;
(b) have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter; and
(c) 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 programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: 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).Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of UNSCOL. For this internship, fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly and may be required to undertake a written test and/or telephone interview for further consideration.Special Notice
Beside the mandatory Personal History Profile, a completed online application must also include a Cover Note mentioning the following:
• Degree Programme (what are you currently studying?);
• Graduation Date (when will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?);
• List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
• List of your top three areas of interest;
• Explanation of why you are the best candidate for this specific internship;
• Explanation of 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.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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.
Interns may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the Professional and higher categories or at the FS-6 and FS-7 levels in the Field Service category during the period of their internship and the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof.
A person who is the child, stepchild, sibling, and step-sibling 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.”
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.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
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 APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.