Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 01 July 2020 - 31 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-Information Management Systems-UNOG-137722-J-Geneva (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is located in the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), Geneva, Switzerland. For more information on the work of the UNODA, please refer to

This internship advertisement is to fill IT internship positions on a rolling basis, potentially starting as of mid-August 2020 until at least spring 2021.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. The initial duration of this internship is for at least three months and can be extended up to six months, depending on the needs of the Branch (please indicate your earliest possible starting date and availability timeframe in your cover letter).

The intern will have the opportunity to contribute to a major IT migration project of UNODA and gain practical knowledge and understanding on the project, resources planning, implementation, and operation of United Nations global information and communications technology.

Interns will work five days per week (40 hours) under the direct supervision of the internship coordinator of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva Branch.


Under the direct supervision of the internship coordinator and working closely with various members of the Branch, the intern will be expected to:

- Assist in the IT migration project of the Branch, including the migration of webpages and other webcontent, the establishment of a restricted access web-portal, as well as IT maintenance tasks.

- Facilitate the conduct of webinars (i.a. WebEx, MS Teams);

- Prepare training materials and educate clients on related IT topics;

- Assist in other IT functions as necessary; and

- Perform other duties as required.


If accepted, interns will be expected to embody the following competencies:

- Planning and Organization: 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; Uses time efficiently.

– Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

- Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Shows willingness to learn new technology. Understands the importance of science and technology in a disarmament context.


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);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

In addition, interested candidates must:
- Main field of studies: information systems, communication technology or a related field;
- Advanced knowledge in computer programming languages (e.g. Python, VBA, PHP, SQL, Java and HTML) is desirable;
- Knowledge about web data scraping and building automation and text-based documents processing and asset;
- Knowledge of WordPress is desirable;
- Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
- Have a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
- Have a demonstrated ability to interact successfully with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, the field of study should be closely related to the type of internship you are applying for is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of French is an asset. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


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

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:

- Title of degree you are currently pursuing;

- Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme);

- IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;

- Earliest possible starting date and availability timeframe;

- Explanation of why you are a highly suitable candidate for the specific department; and

- Eplanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

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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