Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - POPULATION AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 10 October 2018 - 24 October 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Population Affairs-DESA-104872-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 Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) /Population Division/Policy Section internship is for two months with a possibility of extension to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Division. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Department or Office to which they are assigned.

The Population Estimation and Projection Section (PEPS) analyzes past and future national demographic levels and trends for all countries of the world since 1950 and until 2100, and is responsible for the preparation of the 2019 Revision of the World Population Prospects, and pursues methodological research on substantive issues related to the work of the Division.

Interns will have opportunities to broaden their experience and knowledge about international population issues; exposure to the work of the Population Division and related work in other UN agencies; broaden the understanding of current demographic issues globally; and introduced to the functioning of United Nations bodies. Interns are integrated in the PEPS team, they participate and contribute to staff meetings and discussions, research issues, draft papers and reports, develop and maintain information databases, and provide support to other PEPS activities. Interns work under the supervision of PEPS’ staff. In addition, interns have an opportunity to attend lectures, and other events related to social and economic development, and other UN-related issues held in New York.


Under the general guidance of the section Chief, Population Estimates and Projections Section, Population Division, the intern will be responsible to provide support on the following:

(1) Assist with data compilation, analysis and desk research on demographic data from developing and developed countries both from aggregated summary tabulations and microdata upon data availability;

(2) Assist in evaluating mortality age patterns computed from data collected in censuses and surveys;

(3) Assist in updating and assessing demographic data from a range of data sources (registration, census, survey);

(4) Contribute to populate an internal database to disseminate summary empirical demographic data for further public use and research;

(5) Identify gaps in existing demographic data on population and vital statistics.
The specific research topics will be determined after discussions between the intern and the responsible officer, and should be mutually beneficial for both the intern and the UN.

Upon completion of this internship, the intern will prepare a brief report on the experience gained.

The intern may also be asked to assist in the day-today work of the Division as required. The intern is expected to familiarize him/herself, to a limited extent, with administrative work of the Division and other tasks that are typical of the UN organizations.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

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; - 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.

The intern is expected to:
• 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.


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 in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

• Be computer literate in standard software applications.

• For this internship, applicants should be pursuing their studies or have graduated (as defined in (a) and (b) above) preferably in demography, population studies, human geography, applied statistics, and be computer literate in standard software applications. Proficiency with statistical software programming (e.g., R or Stata) is required. Working experience with MS Excel is required, and familiarity with SQL server is desirable. Familiarity with population and vital statistics data; and with demographic estimation methods are assets, but not prerequisite.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship. Knowledge of an additional official United Nations language is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat).


Potential candidates will be contacted by the 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 programme?)
• List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
• List your top three areas of interest.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific 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, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted

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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