Intern – Political Affairs

INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS 

Job Code Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS (Temporary Job Opening)

Department/Office: Office for Disarmament Affairs

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Deadline: 30 June 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is seeking for qualified interns for a maximum internship of 6 months, depending on the needs of UNODA and the willingness of applicant.

UNODA advises and assists the Secretary-General in the discharge of his responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations and the implements mandates given by the General Assembly, the Security Council and other organs of the United Nations system, in the area of disarmament and related security. For more information, please refer to: www.un.org/disarmament.

The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a professional staff member in UNODA to whom they are assigned.

Responsibilities

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned Branch within UNODA as well as the internship period. Interns shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, summaries, talking points, speeches, remarks and web content.
  • Document, media and internet research.
  • Assistance during conferences and meetings.

Competencies

Professionalism:

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Education

Applicants to the United Nations Internship Programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(1) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,

(2) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

Work Experience

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 post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by a Hiring Manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, interns may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. The intern must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All past work experiences, IT skills, languages, and three references, must be included in the Personal History Profile.

The Cover Note must include:

  • Name of university and title of degree you are currently pursuing
  • Graduation date (when you expect to graduate from the programme)
  • A listing of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
  • An explanation why you are the best candidate for an internship with the Office.
  • An explanation of your interest in the work of UNODA.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply

Applicants can click HERE for more information and apply.

Candidates have to confirm having received the recruitment information through the recruiting channel NGO Recruitment in the application letter for this position

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