Org. Setting and Reporting
We seek motivated interns to support the work of the Development Coordination Office the United Nations Secretariat. DCO is the Secretariat to the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) and manager of the Resident Coordinator (RC) system at the country-level. RCs are the highest ranking representative of the United Nations development system (UNDS) at the country level, with the responsibility to lead United Nations country teams, and ensure system-wide accountability on the ground for the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (Cooperation Framework) and coordinating UN support to countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda. She/he brings to the role an appreciation of the breadth of assets of the United Nations in the service of sustaining peace. The Resident Coordinator is the designated representative of – and reports to – the UN Secretary-General.
Our interns can take up assignments with any Section of the Policy and Programming Branch of the Office, including (1) Policy and Innovations; (2) Inter-agency Programme Facilitation, (3) Strategic Partnerships, and (4) Sustainable Development Goals Financing. Interns may also work on cross-branch projects within the Office (with the Front Office, Communications and Results Reporting Branch, RC system Leadership Branch, and Business Management Branch).
Interns report to full-time professional staff in our teams and focus on one of the three tracks set out below. The United Nations internship programme does not provide remuneration; All internship related expenses – travel, insurance, living etc. – are the responsibility of the intern, sponsoring Government or institution; The UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents, illness or death during the internship;
The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the end of the internship; The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan; Interns are not staff members and may not represent the UN in any official capacity; Due to the high volume of applications received, we can only contact successful candidates; Interns work full time - five days per week.
TRACK 1: COORDINATION, KNOWLEDEGE MANAGEMENT AND EXECUTIVE SUPPORT
• Support the preparation of senior-level management meetings (including UNSDG and other inter-agency meetings), conferences and retreats
• Support the preparation of country-level meetings organized from the global level
• Support the preparation of slide decks, background and option papers for meetings
• Support the tracking and analysis of UNSDG decisions and their implementation
• Support the organization and dissemination of knowledge products
• Assist in the preparation of speeches and talking points
TRACK 2: STRATEGIC PLANNING, INNOVATION AND ANALYTICS
• Support analytics on issues relating to the UNSDG, including cross-cutting needs, priorities, resources, risks and performance
• Support the analytics teams in maintaining key data sets, data models, indices and reports
• Support the team to wireframe and build dashboards and visualizations for senior managers, and provide user support
• Support data mining, process optimization, metrics development and forecasting
• Support the preparation of analytical slide decks for policymakers
TRACK 3: POLICY SUPPORT, ANALYSIS AND PROGRAMME FACILITATION
• Help monitor, identify and analyze geographic, political and thematic global trends (across all units of the Policy and Programme branch)
• Support the preparation of analytical reports, papers, talking points and correspondences
• Assist in coordinating the formulation of strategies, programmes and policies
• Support the knowledge management of policy and programme data/information
• Support the preparation of meetings, events, talks and visits
• 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
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
• Actively seeks to apply emerging technology across tasks
• Keeps abreast of available technology
• Understands applicability and opportunities of technology for the organization
All Interested Candidates Must
• Be computer literate in standard software applications;
• Have a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the 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.
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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience, but are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their application, as well as interests, skills and knowledge in the tracks of this job opening.
Languages Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
In Their Cover Note, interested Candidates should indicate their availability (please specify to/from dates)
• Winter/Spring (January - April)
• Summer (May - August)
• Fall (September - December)
The internship is for a minimum period of three months, with possibility of extension up to six months.
In the cover note, candidate should also indicate the track they are interested in:
• Track 1: COORDINATION, KNOWLEDEGE MANAGEMENT AND EXECUTIVE SUPPORT
• Track 2: STRATEGIC PLANNING, INNOVATION AND ANALYTICS
• Track 3: POLICY SUPPORT, ANALYSIS AND PROGRAMME FACILITATION
Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills and expertise. Applicants are asked to please indicate preferences which best match his/her suitability and do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both the intern and the receiving UN department. A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this instruction, "child" means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of achild of a staff member or a staff member's spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). "Sibling" includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.In line with the United Nations internship programme, the Development Coordination Office (DCO) internship provides a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations through assignment to offices within the Secretariat. The Programme endeavours to attract qualified students, offering them an opportunity to enrich their educational experience through exposure to the work of the Organization. Equally, it provides the Office with the assistance of students specialized in various professional fields.
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.
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