INTERN-Communications - Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
This internship is located in the Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS) in Geneva Regional Office. UNOMS was established as the informal pillar of the internal system of administration of justice to make available to staff the services of impartial and neutral persons to address work-related concerns of UN personnel.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
The internship is for a minimum duration of three (3) months and can be extended up to six (6) months depending on the needs of the service.
Interns work five (5) days per week (35 hours) under the overall supervision of the Regional Ombudsman in Geneva supported by the UNOMS Geneva Conflict Resolution Officer and the UNOMS New York Communications Officer.
The Intern's duties will include the following:
- Support to Outreach and Advocacy.
- Assist with outreach activities such as preparing and editing texts, articles and presentations.
- Support to preparing data and preparing reports.
- Conducting research and help develop training in areas of conflict resolution, negotiation and consensus
- Carry out other related tasks as and when needed.
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; tailor's 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.
CLIENT ORIENTATION – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from client's 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 clients.
Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage.
Candidates for the UN Internship Programme are required to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation, health insurance and other living expenses for the duration of the internship. Will you be able to cover all the above-mentioned expenses?
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 United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
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 or the title of the degree you have obtained;
-List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
-Explain why you are the best candidate for this position:
-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 a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an
internship at the United Nations.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of
staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity,
with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse
and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff
regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic
backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may
be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated
in the application.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for
travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their
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.
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