INTERN - COMMUNICATIONS (OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY) [Temporary]
New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
The interns will be part of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) 76th Session and will assist in carrying out tasks for the President in the areas of relevance. The interns will assist the team of advisers in the OPGA, closely monitoring and assessing priority issues, as they relate to the work of the UN General Assembly. They will each be assigned to a team depending on their fields of competence, viz: Peace and Security; humanitarian and human rights; legal reform and budget; Sustainable development; and communications and media. Internships in the UN are UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Director and team leaders. The positions are located in the OPGA office in New York have a duration of maximum 6 (six) months.Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Director, the interns will: •Monitor and report on aspects of the various agendas the OPGA chooses to follow during the 76th session of the GA. This includes engaging in reporting and analysis with regards to the relevant UN General Assembly Committees, analysing and assessing developments and trends, on an on-going basis with a view to assisting advisers in preparing policy recommendations to the PGA and the Senior Management; pro-actively identify risks and challenges to substantive as well as process issues; actively aid in seeking and creating opportunities for substantive advancement of interlinked and cross-cutting issues; assist in the development of periodic briefs and reports, as needed, •Carry out administrative tasks in supporting the work of the advisers and management in the OPGA, •Support co-ordination and conference management efforts as well as preparing reports and statistics when needed, •Support advisers' efforts in outreach to and collaboration with Member States, UN System entities, academic institutions, civil society, philanthropy and the private sector on the overall work of the General Assembly, •Support development, planning, promotion and follow-up of special events prioritized by the President of the General Assembly or mandated by the UN General Assembly, •Support communication efforts concerning the work of the President of the General Assembly, •Perform other duties as may be required by the President of the General Assembly.Competencies
Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration. Ability to work under stress. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Interns must 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.
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.
Client Orientation:-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.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internships. 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). Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that start and end dates are flexible.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must also include:
•Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
•Graduation Date (When will you be/are graduating/have graduated from the programme?)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this internship
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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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