Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 07 April 2020 - 21 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Information Management Systems-UNLB-132930-J-Brindisi (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Logistics, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world.

This internship is located in the Visualization Team in the Data and Visualization Unit (DVU) within Client Solutions Delivery Section (CSDS) under the Service for Geospatial, Information and telecommunications Technologies (SGITT) in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi, Italy.

The SGITT/CSDS/DVU/ Visualization Team Internship is for a maximum period of six (6) months in Brindisi, Italy. Two posts are available.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours).


Under the direct supervision of the Chief DVU or his/her designated officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

- Assist in the management of geospatial databases, both open source and proprietary;
- Assist in the collection, processing, hosting and evaluation of geo-data, including vector, raster and thematic data to enhance missions’ geospatial databases;
- Contributes to the data maintenance of key enterprise applications and web map services, such as Unite Gazetteer and Unite Maps components;
- Provide support in populating GIS data repository and implementing appropriate data security and access controls;
- Provide support in the timely exchange of geospatial information between missions and the UN Global Service Centre;
- Provide support in populating and maintaining geospatial data in accordance to relevant standards (e.g. Common Operational Geospatial Information - COGI);
- Assists in editing and validating topographic data in OpenStreetMap;
- Assist in the designing and creation of topographic and thematic maps in accordance with mapping standards and cartographic workflows. workflows;
- Assist in the production of briefing and operational maps in different scales (Small, medium and large) from standard geospatial databases in paper, pdf and web mapping formats;
- Assist in the designing and production of image, thematic, urban base maps, analytics, infographics, and posters;
- Participate in the development of standard mapping templates including symbology, labels, annotation and marginal information for paper, PDF and web mapping formats;
- Assist in the development and updating Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) SOPs to ensure consistent data management and production of maps according to adopted data and mapping standards;
- Participate in the quality control and validation of all geospatial data and cartographic products;
- Assist in the archiving and maintenance of the mission/office's map catalogues;
- Provide inputs and co-develop innovative processes and techniques to enhance CSDS products and services;
- Other duties as required.

During the internship, the incumbent will;

• Experience working in a multinational section of the United Nations;
• Learn about the staff development programme at the United Nations;
• Be part of a dynamic team;
• Learn about and assist with other programmes in the Section as desired and required.


Communication: 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.

Teamwork: 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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

The intern is expected to:
- 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.


Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one the following requirements:

- Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
- Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent).
- Once selected, interns must commence the internship on the date indicated on the acceptance letter;
- Be computer literate in standard software applications;
- GIS, Cartography or a relevant Geospatial Information Technology studies that involve substantial feature extraction, geo-database maintenance, hard copy maps, web maps and symbology design or other related studies.

During the internship, the incumbent will:

- Experience working in a multinational section of the United Nations;
- Learn about the staff development programme at the United Nations;
- Be part of a dynamic team;
- Learn about and assist with other programmes in the Section as desired and required.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme.
Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent).
Experience with Cartography or GIS is desirable.
Experience with Cartografic representation of spatial features is desirable.
Experience in processing of GPS data and updating of geo-database is desirable.
Experience in model building is desirable.
Experience of OpenStreetMap editing tools is desirable.
Experience with ArcGIS, SQL, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Project is desirable.


English or French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The internship is UNPAID and full-time (i.e. an intern is expected to work five days per week (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and there should be no expectation of employment within the UN after an internship.

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

A 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 (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/department preferences.
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department.
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

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

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

-Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. Applicants who are otherwise related to a staff member may be engaged as interns, provided that they are neither assigned to the same work unit as such staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of such staff member. For purposes of this instruction, "child" means: (a) the child of a staff member; (b) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); or (c) the son- or daughter-in-law of a staff member. "Sibling" includes a half-sibling or step sibling.

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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