Job Opening

Posting Title: Global Compact Internships, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Global Compact Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 August 2018 - 31 October 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-DM GCO-101694-J-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Global Compact offers internship opportunities in its New York office. The Global Compact Office is the UN entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative, including the management of the Global Compact’s name and logo, and the Global Compact Integrity Measures.

The Global Compact pursues two complementary objectives:
(1) making the Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and
(2) facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and other collective action in support of UN goals.

To promote its 10 principles, the Global Compact also undertakes work on a range of corporate sustainability issues. Official UN Global Compact internships are offered for a minimum of 3 months, with a possibility of extension to 6 months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a relevant staff member of the UN Global Compact.

This job opening is for the January-March 2019 Global Compact Internship cycle.


Depending on their level of experience and training, interns in the Global Compact Office will:

• Research and analyze relating to the topic of corporate sustainability;
• Draft and edit publications, papers and other documents;
• Liaise with Global Compact stakeholders on key corporate sustainability topics;
• Support the organization of meetings and events;
• Assist with outreach activities;
• Handle e-mail and other inquiries;
• Perform administrative tasks as assigned.

Responsibilities, scope of work, and exposure to corporate citizenship issues, may vary depending upon the team that an intern chooses to work with. Teams within the Global Compact are as follows:

NOTE: Please state in your Cover Letter the team(s) you would have a preference for and why. Please also note that this job opening is for the January-March 2019 Global Compact Internship cycle.

Local Networks: Local Networks are groups of participants that come together to advance the Global Compact and its principles within a particular country or geographic region. Their role is to facilitate the progress of participants in the implementation and advancement of the ten principles, while also creating opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action. More about Local Networks.

Programmes: Programmes cover a wide range of corporate sustainability issues across the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles – Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption – and themes as they relate to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Examples of thematic areas include: climate change, ocean, water, gender equality and women’s empowerment, decent work and supply chains, health, humanitarian action, migration and refugees, peace, justice and strong institutions, to reporting, innovation and sustainable finance. Through a variety of programme delivery mechanisms such as the UN Global Compact Academy, Action Platforms, and the Navigator, Programmes provide the content, tools, and collaborative engagements to help business implement the Ten Principles and mainstream corporate sustainability action in support of broader UN goals. To learn more about programmes, please visit

Communications & Media: Position the UN Global Compact as the global thought leader on corporate sustainability to participants, stakeholders and the media through our diverse issue portfolio, publications, events, websites and a variety of other communications channels.

Brand and Communications: Help communicate to participants and business in general the value that the UN Global Compact is adding through its support materials, training initiatives, Action Platforms, etc and the impact that it is having in partnership with business.

Participant Outreach and Engagement: Support Participants in their sustainability journey. The UN Global Compact is reaching out to new companies across the world who are interested in participating in the initiative. The Participant Engagement team supports these companies on their journey by understanding their business, social and environmental status and directing them to tools, support, training as well as partners and expertise that can help them generate the solutions that will help deliver the UN Sustainable Development goals.

Impact Measurement and Reporting: Work with partners, experts, academi,a and companies to establish ways of measuring, and measure, the impact that responsible companies are having in the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Companies are taking bold actions and making important progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development goals. The UN Global Compact is working with partners to track and measure this progress. We are looking for interns with an analytical/statistical background to help us research and measure progress and impact and make continuous progress in this area.


• 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’s point of view.


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 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 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.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the last programme you were (are) enrolled in?)
• List the IT skills and programmes you are proficient in.
• List your top three areas of interest in the UN Global Compact.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.

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, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

This job opening is for the January-March 2019 Global Compact Internship cycle.

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


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