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Geneva (Switzerland)

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Financial Resources Management Service (FRMS), Division of Administration, Geneva and is under the supervision of the Project Manager of the CUBES Business Intelligence Project, in the Umoja Geneva Team. This internship is proposed for a period of three (3) or six (6) months maximum, starting on 25 July 2018.

The United Nations has launched a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (SAP), Umoja, on the first of June 2015. The new system has modernized the management and process for all areas of administration including finance, treasury, budget, human resources, travel, procurement and supply chain. Umoja Business Intelligence is part of this new ERP system and provides users with access to reporting tools and data. In the context of Business Intelligence, the CUBES Project has the goal of designing and deploying the data and functionalities required to produce Operational Indicator Reports, using SAP Hana Database. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join the Umoja Geneva team and work with the CUBES Project. The program will offer the candidates the opportunity to see a broad range of United Nations administrative processes and gain experience in SAP Hana Database and Business Intelligence processes. The intern will be part of the CUBES BI team and will be asked to perform related tasks commensurate to their capabilities. Integral to the work will be exposure to the rules, regulations and processes of the United Nations.

The internship is UNPAID and fulltime. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Within delegated authority, the intern will be responsible for the following duties:

• Assist in data analysis of data available in Hana Database.
• Assist in the design of SQL queries to create Reporting views.
• Participate in testing exercises (i.e testing reporting views, datasets, etc).
• Participate in the creation of proof-of concept reports using SAP WebI and Click reporting tools.
• Assist in the preparation of project documentation.


COMMUNICATION : 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.

TEAMWORK : 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.

CREATIVITY : Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks 'outside the box. ‘Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


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, much commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
• Be computer literate in standard software applicants,
• 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..

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme; however applicants should:

• Have background in information technology.
• Strong problem solving and communication skills.
• High degree of computer literacy required.
• Knowledge of SQL and Database experience.
• Knowledge on creating interactive reports and dashboards would be an asset.
• Experience or exposure to ERP systems would be an asset.
• 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 includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is an asset.



Special Notice

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 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/have graduating/graduated from the programme?) ;
• IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in ;
• Top three areas of interest ;
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship ;
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, if any; IT skills and three (3) references.

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.

No Fee


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNOG - United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-05

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