Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 04 February 2020 - 30 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Public Information-DPO-131372-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

This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). OROLSI includes five components: Police Division; Justice and Corrections Service; Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section; Security Sector Reform Unit; and the UN Mine Action Service. Under the new peace and security architecture, OROLSI is mandated to serve as a UN system-wide service provider for mission and non-mission settings and on all issues related to rule of law and security institutions. It works closely with the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, particularly the Peacebuilding Support Office and the regional structure, including by embedding specialists, as well as with relevant offices in the Department of Peace Operations, the Department of Operational Support and other United Nations entities, including through inter-agency arrangements such as the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law. Thematic policy issues covered by the Office include the following, as they pertain to the OROLSI mandate: Prevention of Violent Extremism & Counter-Terrorism (PVE-CT); Sustaining Peace; Conflict Prevention; Women, Peace and Security; Youth, Peace and Security; Strategic Partnership and, Communications.


Under the overall supervision of the Senior Officer, the Public Information Intern will:

•Support the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) with strategic communication and public outreach;
•Maintain OROLSI webpages and social media platforms, including several social media accounts;
•Develop OROLSI content, stories and information to increase awareness and understanding of OROLSI issues by key audiences;
•Coordinate and assist with the production of OROLSI advocacy and training publications (e.g. fact sheets, brochures, newsletters and donor-related updates) for internal and external sources;
•Support the drafting of presentation decks and supporting materials for Member States and senior officials of the United Nations as they pertain to OROLSI mandated activities and priorities;
•Collect and consolidate information/inputs and prepare submissions in accordance with standard UN practice;
•Contribute suggestions and ideas for design projects that will raise awareness of OROLSI activities;
•Perform other related duties as required


•Knowledge of, and ability to undertake public information and communications work; sound knowledge of international affairs, and familiarity with the work of UN peacekeeping and the United Nations.
•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


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 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;
•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 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. Experience with social media and design software (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator) and Microsoft applications, including PowerPoint, Excel and Word, is desirable. Experience with video creation is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship position, excellent command of English, both written and verbal, is required.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

The Public Information internship in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) is for a period of six months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Office to which they are assigned. 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 interested in this specific internship.
•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 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, 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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