INTERN - Economic Affairs [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
ICT and Development Section (IDS) under the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) of ESCAP aims to bridge the digital divide and accelerate digital transformation by promoting digital connectivity, digital technology and applications, and digital data use in the Asia Pacific region through operating the Asia Pacific Information Superhighway platform.
To achieve these goals, IDS conducts evidence-based analytical research, capacity-building programme and demand-driven regional advisory services, and organizes intergovernmental policy dialogues for member States and partner organizations.
The internship at the ICT and Development Section is from three months and up to six months. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Prospected interns are supposed to work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member of the Section in the office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities depend on the individual’s background and the main work of the Section as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Research: Assist officers of the Section to conduct analytical research on various issues related to ICT and digital agendas for sustainable development (for example, various issues linked to ICT such as digital connectivity, digital technologies and applications, digital data and statistics, disaster risk reduction, environment, education, gender, and innovative technologies).
• Information and data: Compile, process and analyze information and data on ICT for development in Asia-Pacific, including Countries with Special Needs (LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS), which may require econometric skills and economic modeling approaches.
• Programme and project: Support officers of the Section to implement programme and projects related to ICT, in Asia and the Pacific region.
• Website management: Support officers of the Section to prepare updates of the Section work to the ESCAP website.
• Organization of meeting: Support officers of the Section to organize inter-governmental meetings, which may include drafting memos, contacting meeting participants, creating spreadsheets, maintaining calendars, and other administrative tasks.
• Other substantive and administrative tasks: Carry out other tasks as required by the Section and the Division.
Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
b) be enrolled in the final academic year (4th year) of the first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
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.
• are not required to have significant work experience for the internship;
• shall be ICT literate in standard software applications including skills in using statistical software such as Stata;
• have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN 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. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.Assessment
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
REMOTE INTERNSHIPS (COVID-19)
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
A complete online application (Cover Note and Candidate 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 ICT skills and programmes (including courses/modules at University that you have successfully completed) that you are proficient in
- List your top three areas of interest (such as the link between ICT and disaster risk reduction)
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific preference.
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
- Your preferred start and end date for the internship (up to 6 months)
In your Candidate Profile, be sure to include all past work experience (if any), ICT skills and relevant University courses/modules, and three references.
Please note that due to the large number of applicants, divisions are not in a position to reply to each application and that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
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.
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.