The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is seeking suitably qualified interns for the Summer/Fall of 2019, with a projected start date of 09 July 2019. UN internships are for a minimum period of two months and may be extended to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of UNODA and the willingness of applicant.
UNODA provides substantive and organizational support to various United Nations bodies in the area of disarmament.
The Office is mandated to provide objective, impartial and up-to-date information on disarmament issues and activities to Member States, States parties to multilateral agreements, intergovernmental organizations and institutions, departments and agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, especially non-governmental organizations, the media and the general public.
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The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a professional staff member in UNODA to whom they are assigned. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Regional Disarmament Information and Outreach Branch.
Applicants 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); 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.
The Intern will support the development and implementation of ODA's Information Technology (IT) services and systems,
Responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, strength, and interest.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Maintains ODA's flagship website content, which is content driven, device responsive, and multilingual
- Assist the ODA's Information Outreach Branch in preparing and organizing events
- Conceptualizes and prepares and coordinates the development of new content in websites
- Prepares and incorporates graphics and multimedia content using open source graphic/video editing tools
- Maintains and develop ODA's campaign and outreach website products
- Assists in the development of surveys and the analysis of the results
- Assists in the development and maintenance of e-learning platform and material
Build a project based on the intern's interests using cutting edge technologies available in the market (e.g. cloud computing, big data, machine-learning, analytics/visualization, etc.). The project shall be relevant to the UN's core business of peace and security, using the available cloud-based resources.
- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
- Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
- Places team agenda before personal agenda
- Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
- Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
- Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
- Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
- Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
- Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
- Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
- Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client
Commitment to Continuous Learning:
- 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
- Keeps abreast of new developments in Information Technology
- Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally
- Contributes to the learning of colleagues and community
- Shows willingness to learn from others and share knowledge to others
- Seeks feedback to learn and improve
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants 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); 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;
- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
- 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;
- Have great interest in learning and/or cloud computing concepts using Amazon Web Service, Azure, or Google Cloud;
- Be familiar with version control software such as Github, Codecommit, Gitlab;
- Be familiar with building interactive and dynamic websites, either PHP (Wordpress or Drupal) or Python (Django or Flask) - based;
- Be familiar with relational and no-Rel databases such as Mysql, Mongo Db, Aurora, DynamoDb;
- Be familiar with design and video editing tools such as Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Finalcut Pro;
- Be familiar with new/cutting-edge technology and tools and/or have experience with social networking and collaboration platforms;
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Applicants are encouraged to clearly indicate their areas of interests and highlight their specific skills and/or experience in their cover note. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving UN department.
Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
The Cover Note must include:
- Name of university and title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation date (when you expect to graduate from the programme)
- A listing of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- An explanation why you are the best candidate for an internship with the Office.
- An explanation of your interest in the work of UNODA.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SPECIFY ALL THE LANGUAGES SKILLS YOU POSSESS, INCLUDING YOUR MOTHER TONGUE. FOR THIS POST, FLUENCY IN ENGLISH IS REQUIRED.
("Fluent" is the highest level of language proficiency, according to UN standards).
Applicants must attach to their application documentary evidence of continuing matriculation to a university degree programme in a graduate/post-graduate school during the planned period of internship with UNODA (i.e. an official letter of confirmation from a university).
Due to the 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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.