Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Security Sector Reform Unit (SSRU) in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Department of Peace Operations (DPO), United Nations (UN) Secretariat. The intern reports to the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) Focal Point of SSRU.
The internship is for a period of six (6) months. The internship is unpaid and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours).
Within the delegated authority, the intern will be responsible for the following duties:
- Support the development of SSR Unit’s guidance on youth-responsive SSR.
- Lead on the communication and outreach messages for social media on youth responsive SSR, including by collecting news stories and attending events.
- Conduct research on efforts made by national and international actors in developing normative frameworks for youth-responsive SSR and implementation of youth-responsive policies and laws in SSR.
- Assist in the collection and consolidation of inputs for the SSRU contributions to the SG reports on Youth, Peace and Security, Sexual Violence in Conflict, DPO annual YPS report and SG report on the work of peace operations.
- Assist in the development of knowledge and guidance tools on youth-responsive SSR, including the collection and consolidation of data, development and management of good practices and lessons learned.
- Support country- and/or regional-level youth-responsive SSR activities, including efforts to advance the implementation of the Security Council Resolution 2553 (2020) on SSR and the Resolutions on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS)
- Support the organization of meetings, including agenda, sending meeting invites, preparing presentations.
- Support strategic engagement efforts with external parties such as research organizations and Member States to advance issues of youth-responsive SSR.
- Gather, research, analyze and present information on youth-responsive SSR from various sources, including cross-cutting issues such as gender, climate, etc.
- Perform other duties as required.
- Basic knowledge of international peace and security issues, Youth, Peace and Security issues, and gender equality norms.
- Basic Knowledge of SSR (concepts and terminology) would be an advantage.
- Excellent research and qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills.
- Ability to plan work and manage conflicting priorities.
- Commitment to promoting and implementing gender equality and to respecting diversity.
- Basic knowledge of the work and the institutions of the UN and commitment to its ideals.
- Proficiency in text processing and presenting software as well as in standard office tasks (scanning, printing…etc.).
- Speak and write clearly and effectively.
- Listen to others and correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately.
- Ask questions to clarify and engage in two-way communication.
- Tailor language, tone, style, and format to match the audience.
- Demonstrate openness in sharing information.
- Be proactive and take on team tasks with enthusiasm.
- Interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve team goals.
- Solicit input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise.
- Learn from others.
- Place team agenda before personal agenda.
- Support final group decision that may not entirely reflect own position.
- Share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team
At the time of application, candidates must be enrolled in, or have completed the final academic year of at least a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent) in international security, politics, youth, peace and security, international relations, or a related field.
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.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in French is an advantage.
Shortlisted candidates may be contacted by SSRU for interviews.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants will undertake the internship remotely.
In your cover note, please indicate when you can start your internship.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.
The Cover Note must also include:
- Title of academic degree you are currently pursuing.
- Graduation date (when will you be/are graduating/have graduated?);
- Computer and software skills.
- Top three areas of interest.
- Why you are the best candidate for this internship.
- Your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
In your online Personal History Profile, include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Due to the high volume of applications, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted by SSRU.
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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