Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 23 April 2019 - 31 October 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-115821-J-Bangkok (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Internship with the Energy Division is for a period of two to six months depending on the needs of the Division.

The Energy Division is working to support member States in enhancing energy security and the sustainable use of energy through regional cooperation to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in particular the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7): Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Under the general guidance of professional staffs of the Energy Division, the intern will undertake information collection, research and analysis in one or more of the following areas:

1. Regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy in Asia and the Pacific;
•Identification and analysis of data and policy trends related to the achievement of SDG7 and the enhancement of energy security through energy transition (according to the variety of definitions, including the multifaceted concept promoted by ESCAP)
•Identification and analysis of opportunities for knowledge sharing and policy alignment at regional and national levels including policy impact on energy trends.

2. Energy security challenges in Asia and the Pacific at the regional, national and household levels;
• Collect policies and enter into a digital library, supporting the development and update of the Asia-Pacific Energy Portal (
•Collect and process information and data related to energy resources and infrastructures.•Conduct research and contribute to policy briefs on selected topics.
•Identification and analysis of policy structures and their contribution to accelerating the energy transition at various levels.•Identification of opportunities for energy policy alignment facilitating regional integration.

3. Key energy challenges and solutions in achieving Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the three targets of SDG7 by 2030;
•Ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
•Increase substantively the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
•Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

4. Good practices in mobilizing and rationalizing energy financing, prices, taxation and subsidies, as well as increasing energy affordability, promoting energy trade and energy connectivity, through policies, energy economics and innovative technologies etc.

5. Good practices in promoting public-private partnerships (PPP) for sustainable energy development;
•Conduct research and analytical studies on PPP business and financing models;
•Conduct policy analysis that will contribute to the development of national and regional policies that create an enabling environment for energy investment, independent power production and PPP's which utilize pro-poor approaches for widening access to energy services.

6. Research on energy connectivity in particular power grid connectivity;
•Identification and analysis of challenges and ongoing initiatives with effective mechanisms and policies at subregional and regional level.
•Conduct analytical studies on different existing intergovernmental agreements on connectivity from other sectors.

7. Energy modelling at the country level;
•Collect and process information and data related to energy demand and supply at the country level, sub-regional and regional level•Research national energy policies, priorities, targets and commitments, such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on climate change
•Contribute to data analysis, including data entry, manipulation, and visualization in Excel

8. Economic analysis of access to electricity and clean cooking;
•Collect and process information and data related to energy access and its socio-economic benefits
•Research and analyse econometric analyses of the impacts of energy access
•Contribute to analysis of current policies and stakeholders influencing energy access
•Contribute to data entry and data visualization in Excel.


-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

Commitment to Continuous Learning:
-Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession
-Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally
-Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates
-Shows willingness to learn from others
-Seeks feedback to learn and improve


Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application 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 (first university degree, or second university degree or equivalent, or higher) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

Work Experience

-are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
-shall be computer literate in standard software applications;
-have demonstrated a 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 includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset. .


Potential candidates will be contacted by a hiring manager directly for further consideration. The selection procedure may also include written test and an interview.

Special Notice

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

The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
- List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List of top three areas of interest/ preferences under scope of work of Energy Division
- Explanation why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.

Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant’s profile, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Division. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, Division are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

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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