Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 November 2020 - 28 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-Public Information-DGC-143907-J-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Outreach Division builds support for the United Nations (UN) by fostering dialogue with global constituencies such as civil society, the entertainment industry, media, academia, educators, students, and libraries. The priorities of the division are focused on the SDGs, Decade of Action.The Director of the Outreach Division at the UN headquarters in New York is at the same time the UN Commissioner-General (UN CG) for the next World Expo, referred to as Expo 2020, which will now take place from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. The UN will also engage at the Expo in over 10 UN International Days, and have its own events, activations, and exhibits managed by the Office of the Director of Outreach, in New York. Senior officials of the various UN agencies will attend the Expo, including the UN Secretary-General, UN Deputy Secretary-General, and various Executive Directors of the UN entities. The incumbent will be based in New York at the Director’s Office of the Outreach Division, and will report to the Director.


-Be a key member in the day-to-day work at the Director’s Office of the Outreach Division
-Support the Director on the drafting of concept notes, background information and e-mail correspondence
-Research and compile materials for projects and exhibitions coordinated by the Director’s Office and liaise with relevant colleagues
-Be a focal point for Expo programming and support the Director in his role as UN CG in the lead up to the UN presence at Expo and during event time.
-Maintain and update the Expo files, calendar of events, activations, programming and International Days with relevant information, contacts and work programme.
-Liaise with the Resident Coordinator’s Office and Deputy Commissioner- General of the UN at Expo, based in the UAE, as required.
-Produce social media content for the UN on the Expo and UN activities therein, and of relevance to the UN entity mandates
-Identify exhibits and special events during the Expo of interest to UN and communicate these potential opportunities to the Director for consideration.
-Support the planning and logistics of Expo visits for UN delegations
-Contribute to the drafting of strategies to help direct and promote digital engagement for various UN events and activities
-Contribute to the development of a range of communication products on the UN’s engagement at the Expo.
-Contribute to the planning of historical documentation of the UN’s engagement during Expo2020
-Support with other coordinating tasks at the Director’s Office; other duties as assigned by the Director.


•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 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.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


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 the final academic year of a first university degree programme in journalism, communication, media studies, filmmaking, international relations, social sciences (including history, politics, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, etc), economics, law, or a related field (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
(b) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher), in which case at least one of the prior first degree programme and the graduate programme must be in one of the subjects specified above;
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above).

Applicants must also:
- 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;
- 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 to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is related to the type of internship that you are applying to is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration, which will include a test or/and an interview.

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 your current degree programme);
‐ IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
‐ Internship profiles (duties) you are most interested in (i.e. contents, or / and fundraising and partnerships, or / and programming);
‐ Explanation of your interest and motivation in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Under languages, please do not forget to include English, even if this is your mother tongue. Please be sure not to make errors in filling the start and end dates of your studies. 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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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