Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 February 2021 - 18 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-DESA-150407-J-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship is located in the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch (ITDCB) / Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) / Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Start date is March 2021, though applicants interested to take up an internship later in autumn/winter 2021 are also encouraged to apply – please indicate the period during which you are available. Internships last for two months with an opportunity for extension up to six months depending on the needs of the Office. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Department or Office to which they are assigned.

The intern will support the work of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). A core function of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the DCF is the global multi- stakeholder forum mandated to review trends, progress and emerging issues in international development cooperation. It generates concrete guidance for policy makers and practitioners on the role of development cooperation in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

The next High-Level Meeting of the DCF will be held in May 2021 at UN Headquarters. Extensive preparations and post-Meeting follow-up are involved, including research and analysis; strategic communication and outreach; and planning for webinars and other virtual events targeting a global audience, with key activities taking place during the internships period in the winter/spring of 2021. More extensive post-meeting follow-up work, including research and analysis, as well as outreach and communication, will be pursued in mid- to late 2021.

For more information on the Development Cooperation Forum, please see:


Provide support to the work of the DCF Team and the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch by:
•Carrying out research for policy papers and contributing to data collection on key trends and emerging issues in international development cooperation and sustainable development. Research areas could include, but are not limited to, trends and challenges in: quality, effectiveness and impact of official development assistance (ODA); capacity development for domestic resource mobilization, data and statistics and science, technology and innovation; building resilience through risk-informed and climate-smart development cooperation; South- South and triangular cooperation; private sector engagement in development cooperation; and monitoring, review and impact assessment.
•Assisting in the substantive preparation, organization and servicing of the 2021 High-level Meeting of the DCF at UN Headquarters.
•Helping to disseminate DCF analysis, recommendations and policy guidance through various communication and outreach channels, in service of overall efforts to make the DCF' s work more accessible and engaging to a wider range of stakeholders, including youth. This involves preparing a new concept and content for the top layer pages of the UN DCF website to present the work of the DCF in a more attractive and easily accessible manner. It also involves preparing content for UN social media activities, blog articles, news articles, and press statements on behalf of senior UN officials.
•Preparing and providing input for briefing notes, talking points, speeches and similar materials on development cooperation issues for senior UN officials.
•Following intergovernmental meetings of the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council and preparing draft summaries.
•Assisting with any other ad hoc assignments related to the DCF.

During the internship the intern will:
•Learn to prepare briefing notes, draft policy papers with concrete policy guidance and do background research for analytical work by the Secretariat focused on the latest trends, progress and emerging challenges in international development cooperation.
•Test and refine their skills of preparing outreach and communication materials, including social media and website content.
• Learn to organize and provide substantive support to high-level intergovernmental meetings and policy dialogue in a fast-changing, increasingly virtual environment. Gain experience in related inter-governmental, multi-stakeholder and inter-agency processes. Gain insight into the conduct of international policy dialogue, consultations and negotiations, including on follow-up and review of the 2030 and Addis Agendas.
•Enhance technical skills by learning to use online platforms to support virtual meetings.
•Learn to work in a truly international environment with diverse colleagues and stakeholders and engage with policy makers and practitioners at concrete level.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

Communication: - Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.

Client Orientation: - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view.

The intern is expected to:
•Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
•Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
•Have demonstrated knowledge about key trends in international development cooperation and be familiar with the 2030 Agenda, including the Addis Agenda.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
•Applicants to the programme must at the time of application 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);
•Applicants who have graduated (as defined in (a) or (b) above), if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
•Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


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

Special Notice

To qualify for G-4 nonimmigrant status, interns must be serving essentially full-time, i.e. 35 + hours per week.

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 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.

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

All interns assigned to a UN Organization, including Funds and Programmes, at a United States based duty station, who are not United States citizens or United States legal permanent residents (LPR) will be required to obtain G-4 visas prior to travelling to the United States.

Prospective interns who are already in the United States in another nonimmigrant status may need to apply for a change of status to G-4 prior to joining the United Nations for an internship. It should be emphasized that prospective interns are responsible for ensuring that they have an appropriate valid visa and employment authorization allowing them to undertake the internship.

If the applicant is in F-1 status and has a valid EAD, they may undertake an internship within the scope of their F-1 visa without seeking a change of visa status. Please note, however, that interns in F-1 status who wish to undertake an internship following completion of their academic programme as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) ‘may’ need to seek a change of visa status to G-4 (This process currently takes about 8-10 weeks) or obtain G-4 visa overseas.

To qualify for G-4 nonimmigrant status, interns must be serving essentially full-time, i.e. 35 + hours per week.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

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.

No Fee


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