Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - TRAINING SUPPORT, COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN (multiple), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period: 11 July 2019 - 29 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Administration-DSS-118531-J-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System.

The internship opportunity is located in the Training and Development Section (TDS), Department of Safety and Security in New York, and is for a period from 3 to 6 months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days a week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office in which they are assigned.

The Training and Development Section develops learning modules and related materials on UN safety and security-related topics and conducts security training missions for United Nations security personnel, Designated Officials, Security Management Team members and UN personnel in the field. Our work covers the following portfolios: security awareness and learning for UNSMS personnel; core training for Security Advisers and decision-makers; specialized training for UN security personnel; crisis management and first responder programmes; instructional design, online learning and special projects.


Our interns work as full members of our team, pursue projects that are designed to make a significant difference in DSS, and have opportunities to learn about the United Nations overall. We offer internship opportunities in three broad areas:



• Assist in the preparation and design of knowledge products and advocacy materials, brochures, newsletters, etc.
• Help organize learning events
• Prepare research, analysis and policy options for improved training support
• All other tasks as assigned


• Good writing, planning, and organizing skills
• Keen interest in management and change
• Strong planning, drafting and communication skills
• Proficient in standard software applications
• Attention to detail and a passion for researching big-picture issue


• We seek candidates with relevant coursework in international relations, gender, diversity, inclusion studies, journalism, communications or related field.



• Assist in the conceptualization and writing of videos to be used in workshops and specific learning events
• Create solid proposal for video, including scripting, storyboarding and project flow
• Produce methodology for prototype
• Coordinate video production and distribution of stories
• Manage video resources and libraries for use across all TDS products
• Manage client relations and project management of videos
• Manage the online learning aspect for innovative projects
• Assist in creating online testing Animated stories
• Coordinate distribution of video and integration into delivery platforms
• Edit images and videos for outreach activities
• Create graphically engaging presentations and materials
• Present visual concept and ideas in a compelling and attractive manner
• Assist with data visualization through graphs and maps
• Assist in the preparation and design of knowledge products
• All other tasks as assigned


• Experience with graphic design, video producing or building websites
• Keen interest in communications, design and change management
• Understanding of user-experience design, information hierarchy, design principles and typography
• Knowledge of industry standard software (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
• Knowledge of key online platforms and technology (e.g. Microsoft SharePoint, Drupal, HTML, CSS)
• Please submit a portfolio or a link to a portfolio along with your cover letter and CV


• We seek candidates with relevant coursework in journalism, communications, web development, strategic design and management, marketing, information design, public relations, media studies, film making or data visualization.



• Assist in assembling the various learning programmes and setting the relevant formats
• Create and coordinate activities in a coherent learning programme to support the team
• All other tasks as assigned


• Experience using tools such as Adobe Flash, Java Script, HTML, Adobe, InDesign and Rapid e-Learning
• Familiarity with adult learning methodology and processes
• Familiarity with adult learning models
• Ability to clearly establish learning objectives and goals
• Familiarity with testing methodologies and strategies
• Experience in creating and coordinating activities in a coherent programme to support the goals of the team
• Ability to produce media to support learning goals
• Experience in coaching/mentoring learnings
• Experience in dealing with subject matter experts
• Good project management skills


• We seek candidates with relevant coursework in education, multimedia, graphic arts, information technology, instructional design, learning technologies or related area.


• 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

Planning and Organizing
• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
• Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
• Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
• Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary

• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve stated goals;
• Solicits inputs by genuinely valuing the ideas of others and ready to put that learning into practice
• Shares credit for team’ achievements and responsibility for shortcomings

Technological Awareness
• Actively seeks to apply emerging technology across tasks
• Keeps abreast of available technology and can apply it in online learning and video, including animation


To qualify for an internship with the Untied Nations New York Headquarters Internship Programme, the 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.

Work Experience

Candidates for our internship positions are not required to have significant professional experience, though it can be an advantage if you have interests, skills and knowledge in the respective areas indicated above.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French can be an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an interview. Please note that due to large number of applicants, departments are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.

The cover note must include the following:

• The work stream that you are interested in: Gender Mainstreaming and Management Support, Communication and Design (Video Producer and Graphic Designer), or Instructional Design
• The date you would like to start your internship. Please note that interns are recruited throughout the year for assignments of at least 3 months, and that start and end dates of internships are flexible.
• Degree Programme
• Graduation Date
• 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.

Additionally, all interns must adhere to the following:

• Observe of all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 4 of the UN Internship Programme Administrative Instructions ST/AI/2000/9 & ST/AI/2005/11.

• Provide the receiving departments/offices with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. The UN shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to; or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of the UN, the interns shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the UN in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law.

• Show respect the impartiality and independence required of the UN and of the receiving department/office and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UN.

• Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the receiving department/office, they may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with the UN or the receiving department/office, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with the UN; and refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the UN or on the receiving department/office and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the UN.

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.

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