Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 February 2019 - 25 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-DOS-111529-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 Operational Support (DOS) provides end-to-end operational support advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.

The Human Resources Services Division (HRSD) is mandated to strengthen the human resources capacity of all Secretariat entities across the world. The focus of HRSD is on short to medium term human resources requirements of clients, from process development through service delivery. Key areas of support include 1. operational support and dedicated advice to human resources managers; 2. staffing, testing and examinations; and 3. operational workforce planning and organizational design functions.

This internship is located in the Director’s Office of HRSD/DOS.

The Intern reports to the Programme Management Officer in the Director’s Office/HRSD/DOS.

The Internship is for a minimum of four months with a possibility of extension.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. The Intern works five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the staff member mentioned above.


Duties will include, but are not limited to:

•Assisting the Director’s Office with the monitoring and follow-up of a wide range of human resources matters and projects across the Division (HRSD) and the Department (DOS);
•Selecting and evaluating a variety of documents, summarizing pertinent material, collecting and analyzing data and preparing background materials for a variety of high-level human resources products, including but not limited to briefing notes, talking points and presentations;
•Contributing to the knowledge management of the Division through the reorganization of the Division’s available information sources by reviewing and analyzing the contents of relevant documents and;
•Supporting the Director’s Office and the Director with ad hoc requests emanating from the front offices of the Under- and Assistant Secretaries-General of DOS.


Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely; good written and oral language skills; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and adjusts as required; allocates appropriate time and resources for completing work; foresees risk and allows for contingencies; monitors and adjusts plans as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.


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 degree 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, especially MS Excel;
- 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an advantage. 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 for further consideration.

Special Notice

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

The Cover Note must include:
• Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
• Graduation Date (When you will be/are graduating/have graduated from the programme).
• IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
• 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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