Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 17 April 2019 - 16 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNSCOL-115277-J-Beirut (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship is positioned in the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, located at Beirut (Yarze), Lebanon. The intern reports directly to the Chief, Political Unit and liaises closely with members of UNSCOL's political, media and other substantive units.

The intern is required to work the equivalent of a minimum of at least two months on a full-time basis in order to receive recognition of service as an intern. Flexible working arrangements can be agreed with the receiving office. An internship under such arrangements must be completed within a six-month period.

This job opening is for multiple positions. UNSCOL’s Political Unit will recruit full-time interns for the coming 2019-2020 academic year for internship periods for a minimum of two months and maximum of six months.

Applicants for this position are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as hiring may begin before the end of the vacancy posting period. Please read the ‘Special Notice’ paragraph carefully before applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The intern will provide support for the Mission’s Political Unit activities, according to a work plan and delivery schedule which will include, but are not limited to the following elements:

- Conduct research and compile information on selected issues relevant to Lebanon and the Middle East region.
- Assist in the drafting of geographical and thematic fact sheets.
- Assist in the compilation of presentations, papers and other documents as required.
- Assist in the monitoring of local, regional and international media, including social media.
- Assist in the preparation and organization of events and outreach activities.
- Attend conferences, workshops and other relevant public events as an observer and report back to UNSCOL.
- Translate media items and other documents from Arabic to English or English to Arabic
- Support members of UNSCOL’s front office, media and coordination teams on specific tasks, as requested
- Archiving and other administrative functions.
- Perform any other duties as requested


Core Values:
-Upholds the principles of the United Nations Charter
-Demonstrates the values of the United Nations, including impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness, in daily activities and behaviours
-Acts without consideration of personal gain-Resists undue political pressure in decision-making
-Does not abuse power or authority
-Stands by decisions that are in the Organization's interest even if they are unpopular
-Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

-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.
-Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Respect for Diversity:
-Works effectively with people from all backgrounds
-Treats all people with dignity and respect
-Treats men and women equally
-Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making
-Examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses
-Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Core Competencies:
-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 Studies, Journalism, 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 Internship Programme. Strong skills in using Microsoft software packages and social media platforms will be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Arabic or French would be an asset.



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.


The United Nations does not remunerate interns in any way. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, health insurance, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns will not be entitled to any compensation for travel arrangements to and from the work location. Interns do not receive a salary or emoluments from the United Nations.

UNSCOL accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service

Interns may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the Professional or above categories and for positions at the FS-6 and FS-7 levels in the Field Service category during the period of their internship and for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof.

A person who is the child, stepchild, sibling, and stepsibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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