The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems. Our 40,000 staff work to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights. To be effective in solving the world’s problems, the United Nations needs a diverse workforce contributing to these solutions. The Office of Human Resources fosters a dynamic, adaptable, mobile workforce, with the highest level of competence and integrity, to effectively and efficiently serve the mandates of the Organization.
The internship position is located in the Staffing, Diversity and Outreach Section, in the Global Strategy and Policy Division of the Office of Human Resources in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. The Section develops the strategies and initiatives aimed at building a diverse workforce across the Organization: it coordinates Organization-wide efforts for greater geographical diversification; supports the Secretary-General’s system-wide strategy on gender parity; and promotes access to opportunities by persons with disabilities. The interns will work as part of the Section under the supervision of a staff member.
The internship is unpaid and for a minimum period of two months, which may be extended up to a maximum of six months. Flexible work arrangements may be available, including the possibility of working part-time and telecommuting particularly from the countries and regions on which local expertise is required for this project. To receive recognition of service, interns must work the equivalent of a minimum of at least two months on a full-time basis.
The interns will help to create outreach profiles for the Member States whose nationals are not sufficiently represented in the staff of the United Nations, specifically by carrying out the following tasks:
- Conduct research to identify root causes of unrepresentation and underrepresentation of specific Member States;
- Research, establish contacts, and compile country-specific information for building an outreach profile for specific Member States;
- Identify the most effective outreach methods, tools, multipliers and target audience for specific Member States including, for example, popular local social media and traditional media channels, professional associations, educational institutions and others;
- Create graphically engaging presentations and materials;
- Analyze research outcome and share lessons learned; and
- Take on other special projects as assigned.
On completion of the internship, the successful candidate will have gained:
- An understanding of the United Nations Secretariat and its approaches on staff geographical diversity;
- Knowledge of the processes and challenges of talent acquisition in a large multicultural inter-governmental organization;
- Advanced research skills, professional verbal and written communication skills in an international context;
- Exposure to managers and staff members of the United Nations and their work.
- Knowledge of relevant Member State environment; Ability to conduct detailed research online and offline; Ability to analyze and present findings effectively; Ability to establish professional contact with numerous institutions on behalf of the United Nations;
- Shows pride in work and in achievements;
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
- Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
- Remains calm in stressful situations;
- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
- Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
- Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work
- 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
- 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 technologies
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
1. Applicants at the time of application must meet one of the following requirements:
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) in public information, public relations, outreach, diversity, communications, media studies, human resources, public administration, international relations or related field;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,
d) If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree in public information, public relations, outreach, diversity, communications, media studies, human resources, public administration, international relations or related field;
2. Be computer literate in standard word processing and software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar;
3. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter, and
4. 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 are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, knowledge of conducting online and offline research, using social media and experience in conducting data analysis, including collecting and visualizing data from social media is desirable.
Experience in conducting research or performing public information, public relations or outreach related tasks on or in the following Member States is desirable:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Gabon, Grenada, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in one or more official languages of the following Member States is desirable:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mozambique, Monaco, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Qualified candidates will be interviewed, and additional assessment methods may apply as appropriate.
A completed online application (Cover Letter and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Letter must specify:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing;
- Graduation or expected graduation date;
- Specific Member State profile(s) you would like to be assigned;
- Explanation of why you think you are qualified for the internship given the education, work experience and language criteria specified in this internship posting.
Due to a high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.
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.
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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