This profile is for the sole purpose of the Internship Programme of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. There should be no expectation of employment within the UN after an internship. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above carrying international recruitment status in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. UN interns must have a valid visa. The Internship Programme is unpaid and full-time, i.e. an intern is expected to work five days per week, from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
This position is located in the Training and Outreach Unit, Division on Globalization and Development strategies (DGDS). The unit leads the conceptual planning, development and management of training and outreach programmes of the Division, including the Virtual Institute and its network of academic institutions. The work of the Training and Outreach Unit involves the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature, and designs and develops programmes to address them.
The unit supports the Division in planning and managing expert group meetings, seminars and consultations that contribute to the work of the Division, and maintaining relations with senior officials of member governments, international organisations and academic institutions and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies.
This internship is for a duration of three months, from May 13 to August 9, 2019, with possibility of extension to six months depending on the needs of the Office and availability of the intern.
Under the supervision of the Chief of the Training and Outreach Unit, the intern will perform the following functions:
？Assist with outreach and dissemination efforts of UNCTAD's Division on Globalization and Development Strategies (DGDS) through various channels, including web, social media and other digital platforms to gain exposure to the target audience.
？Liaise with internal and external experts to identify key messages and develop timely, newsworthy, quality content, translating complex information into effective communication.
？？Prepare drafts or edit news releases, articles, opinion pieces and other content for distribution through press, web and social media outlets.
？Record and edit audio and video featuring DGDS events and external experts. (if necessary, training on recording/editing audio and video will be provided).
？Assist to create, maintain and promote a social media presence.
？Create web pages and sites, upload new content to the unit’s website and propose new functionalities for development.
？Assist the Chief of the Unit in other tasks as requested.
More generally, interns shall:
Observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 4 of the UN Internship Programme Administrative Instructions ST/AI/2000/9 & ST/AI/2005/11. Provide the receiving departments/offices with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. The UN shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to, or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of the UN, the interns shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the UN in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law. Respect the impartiality and independence required of the UN and of the receiving department/office and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UN. Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the receiving department/office, they may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with the UN or the receiving department/office, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with the UN. And, refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the UN or on the receiving department/office and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the UN.
-Shows pride in work and in achievements.
-Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is 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.
？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.
？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
？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.
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.
？Be computer literate in standard software applications.
？Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have 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.
For this internship position the intern must have: sound analytical skills, knowledge of mass communication, copy writing, graphic design and web development. Proven ability to develop business analyses and reporting systems and formulate new strategies and technical approaches.
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. Fluency in English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Candidates will be assessed based on their Personal History Profiles (PHP). Individual interviews may be conducted for further assessment.
A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing;
- Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme);
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
- Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship position.
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, if any; IT skills and three (3) references.
Due to high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
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 a
child 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.
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.
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