Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 04 December 2018 - 17 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPKO-108086-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

This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Policy and Operational Support Team (POST), within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). OROLSI comprises the Police Division; the Justice and Corrections Service; the UN Mine Action Service; the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section; and the Security Sector Reform Unit. Thematic areas under the remit of POST include the following, as they pertain to the OROLSI mandate: Prevention of Violent Extremism & Counter-Terrorism (PVE-CT); Sustaining Peace; Conflict Preventions; Youth, Peace and Security (YPS); Communications.

The Political Affairs internship at the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for OROLSI is for an initial period of four months, with a possibility for extension up to six months, depending on the needs of the Office. 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer, the Intern for Political Affairs will assist the Senior Officer on special projects:
•Monitor activities in relevant countries and regions, identifying trends and assessing emerging political and operational issues which may affect OROLSI activities
•Conduct research on thematic topics under the POST remit to inform OROLSI policy focal points on emergent matters toward the development of revising/developments policy and guidance materials
•Monitor and prepare summary reports on developments in inter-governmental fora pertaining to the PVE/CT; Sustaining Peace; and Youth, Peace and Security agendas for the perusal of OROLSI policy focal points and senior leadership
•Support the OROLSI focal point for the Youth, Peace and Security agenda ensuring OROLSI components are kept apprised of developments in inter-governmental fora and that OROLSI perspectives are integrated into various UN documentation
•Support the drafting of notes, background papers, talking points, presentations and speeches for senior UN officials as they pertain to OROLSI mandated activities and priorities
•Support the planning and implementation of meetings, events, policy review dialogues and training activities related to rule of law and security institutions
•Coordinate, collect and consolidate information/inputs from Offices on various reports and prepare submissions in accordance with standard UN practice
•Performs other related duties as required.


- Knowledge of, international affairs, including current political developments. Sound knowledge of UN peacekeeping and basic familiarity with the work of the United Nations in the area of peace and security.
- 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.
- Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

-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

-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


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; Field of study to be preferably in political science, history, international relations, law or a related field; 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 demonstrated the 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. Exposure related to in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area would be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship position fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


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
• List IT skills
• 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.
• Provide your dates of availability.

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 pre-selected 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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