Programme Management Intern

  • Added Date: Thursday, 01 February 2024
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
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Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

New York Portfolio Office (NYPO) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners' programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York. The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)/the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) Global Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Programme provides integrated capacity building packages, institutional development and technical assistance to requesting Member States, civil society and the UN system to strengthen individual, community and national resilience to violent extremism and reduced threat of terrorism. The Programme engages in substantive and mutually reinforcing portfolios: policy assistance, strategic communications, youth engagement, new frontiers, and cross-cutting themes of gender, human rights and coordination.

This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for or in UNOCT. The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the position supports the work of UNCCT, part of UNOCT and promotes the delivery of United Nations capacity building assistance to Member States relating to PCVE. The Intern will support effective implementation of the UNCCT Global PCVE Programme.

Specific intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide support with timely and high-quality reporting on projects, including compiling post-activity reports, creating presentations proposals, analyzing surveys, drafting briefing and background notes as well as project activity summaries and updates;
  • Support in conducting research and prepare drafts of concept notes, proposals, and to assist in resource mobilization documentation for the PCVE programme;
  • Provide support for capacity building workshops, critical meetings, conferences, seminars for UNCCT PVE- focused issues; and
  • Provide support to other areas of the Global PCVE Programme as required.

    Under the supervision of the Project Manager and in coordination with the Programme Management Officer, the intern will be responsible for:

    • Satisfactory delivery of project-related tasks within predetermined deadlines;
    • Meet projected outputs as outlined by the supervisor;
    • Regular meetings with supervisor to ensure timely completion of assignments.

      Training components and learning elements

    • Programme Management
  • Project Management
United Nations context exposure Counter-Terrorism and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Programmes exposure

Participation in missions or training courses

In addition to accessing UNOPS online training courses and tools, the Intern is encouraged to attend and participate at learning events organized by UNOPS, UNOCT and other UN agencies.

Mandatory training for all UNOPS personnel on the UN system and access to a learning platform includes a broad variety of courses in different subjects such as human rights, security, cybersecurity, gender mainstreaming, prevention of sexual harassment and others (certificates included).

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Academic qualifications

Currently enrolled in a university programme such as Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D. (or the equivalent) or have graduated from such studies within three (3) years prior to the application date of the internship.

Language Skills
Fluency in English (write, read, talk) is required. Fluency in other UN languages especially French and Arabic is desirable.
Computer Literacy
Computer literacy with strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and/ or Google Suite is an asset.

Internship-related experiences

Introductory experience in project research, coordination, management, support or administration is desired. Additional requirements
Excellent organizational and communication skills; attention to detail; and determination to meet deadlines are an asset. Familiarity with the work of the United nations Organization, its mandate, main areas of focus, United Nations Bodies, etc. is an asset. Competencies Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Internship
Contract level: Intern
Internship duration: Three (3) months with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance, availability of funds and necessity of services.

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions.

For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link: Additional Information

Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.

Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.

We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

This vacancy is archived.

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