Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - Innovation, Data Science, Analytics, Engineering, or Communications (Multiple Positions), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 June 2021 - 15 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Documentation and Information -DPPA-DPO-SS-157859-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 Information Management Unit, Department of Peacebuilding and Political Affairs (DPPA) and Department of Peace Operations (DPO), in coordination with the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT). Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Officer in the ODCSS, the incumbent reports directly to the Chief, DPPA-DPO Information Management Unit.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours), with supervision and support of a staff member. We also consider part-time internships.


Our interns work as full members of our team, pursue projects that are designed to make a significant difference in the whole department, and have opportunities to learn about the United Nations overall. We offer internship opportunities in five broad areas. Experience in Political Affairs, Human Rights or Humanitarian and experience working with clients using a user-centric design process are strongly encouraged.


•Develop corporate visualization solutions derived from multiple data sources using state-of the-art tools to enable insight and decision-making at various levels
•Develop data models, including performance measures, to enable scorecard analysis
•Build interactive dashboards and reports, using corporate analytics applications
•Perform ad-hoc analysis and present results in a clear manner

Desired qualifications
•Experience with MS Power BI, Tableau or any other similar self-service analytics toolsets
•Experience with relational databases such as SQL Server or other databases
•Knowledge of geo-spatial analysis and geographic information systems such as ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS, Leaflet, Carto or Open Street Map
•Familiarity with analytical techniques such as sentiment analysis, predictive analysis or social media monitoring
•A passion for empirical investigation and for answering hard questions with data in a clear and precise way


•Work on exciting data science products and solutions to solve complex analytical problem
•Apply machine learning and statistical techniques particularly on natural language processing and computer vision problems
•Write highly optimized code that can be put into production

Desired qualifications
•Background in computer science, machine learning, information management, applied statistics, or a relevant area
•Programming experience in Python
•Experience with databases (SQL & NoSQL)
•Experience of working on natural language processing problems and text analytics


•Assist in deploying analytics and machine learning solutions and pipelines on cloud
•Research and design architectures and frameworks for cloud-based advanced analytics and AI

Desired qualifications
•Background in Computer Science or a relevant area
•Programming experience in Python & Java
•Experience with databases (SQL & NoSQL)
•Prior experience or knowledge of cloud is strongly preferred
•Understanding of software engineering principles and best practices


•Help redesign our data analytics internal and external webpages to improve the interactivity and user-friendliness
•Develop style sheets for internal web applications to improve the look and feel, and standardize the properties of common objects
•Create template for data-driven dashboards/reports, including color, font, and layout
•Provide UI/UX design advice

Desired qualifications
•Keen interest in web design and human-computer interaction design
•Strong knowledge of Drupal
•Proficient in standard Business applications (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint)
•Working knowledge of Adobe products (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator) and HTML/CSS is desirable


•Conduct thorough analysis on website activities and provide recommendations to maximize our online channel
•Define metrics and KPIs to monitor online channel and user behavior
•Develop mechanisms to track the performance and usage of data-driven reports/dashboards on our online channel
•Develop and maintain a comprehensive suite of dashboards to help visualize and monitor the trends on our website’s traffic, usage, and performance

Desired qualifications
•Keen interest in web analytics, web performance optimization and data visualization
•Strong knowledge of quantitative analysis and methods
•Proficient in standard Business applications (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint)
•Working Knowledge of analytics tools (e.g. Power BI, Google Analytics) and Drupal is desirable


•Post-production audio and video editing, including editing raw video footage to create full-length videos of virtual meetings and seminars and creating short, promotional clips.
•Support live-coverage events, prepare internal summaries and reports to support internal and external presentations,
•Assist in organizing virtual meetings
•Conduct analysis of web activities and track performance and usage

Desired qualifications
•Experience in video editing and post-production
•Excellent communications skills
•Experience in Web Analytics and Data Visualization desired
•Experience in analysis of web activities and tracking performance and usage of data-driven reports/dashboards would be considered an asset.


•Support the front-end development of one of our most popular tools by assisting the lead front-end developer
•Support the design of the front-end interface and optimize user experience

Required qualification:
•Experience in React and Node.js required

Desired experience in:
•JavaScript/ES6+, HTML and CSS
•Other front-end frameworks (e.g. Angular, Vue)
•Data visualization libraries (e.g. D3.js)
•Web content management frameworks (e.g. Drupal)
•Web application deployment on Cloud (e.g. Azure)
•Relational databases querying and connectivity
•Knowledge and experience of software development life cycle and lean/agile development methodologies
•Version control


•Understand and support the implementation of the Secretary General’s Data Strategy
•Coordinate with multiple stakeholders to schedule meetings, gather feedback, and keep meeting minutes
•Support and upkeep of list of data strategy use cases, fill out relevant documentation
•Respond to questions about data strategy response as needed
•Coordinate and support data training and seminar activities as needed

Desired qualifications
•Excellent communication, coordination, scheduling, and speaking skills
•Background in data analytics or data policy
•Knowledge of additional UN languages desirable
•A passion for empirical investigation and for answering hard questions with data in a clear and precise way
•Experience with or understanding of Microsoft Outlook, or willingness to learn
•Experience with MS Power BI, Tableau or any other similar self-service analytics toolsets is desirable.



•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

Planning and Organizing

•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

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


We are open to a broad range of educational backgrounds. Typically, our interns are pursuing studies in the following areas: Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Systems / Technology, Economics, Machine Learning, Data Visualization and Analytics, Web Analytics, Graphic Design, Web Design, User Interface Design, Human-computer Interaction, Digital Marketing or a relevant field.

Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of 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)

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 UN 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

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. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

It should be noted that for any internship selections after 1 September 2021, the internship will be in person at the duty station, local conditions permitting, with the option of flexible working arrangements. The intern will work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member of the Section. The internship is unpaid and full-time.

Please Note That Start and End Dates Are Flexible

We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 3 months with the possibility of extension. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship.

•Fall (September to December)
•Winter/Spring (January to April)
•Summer (May to August)

In Your Cover Note, Please Indicate Which Work Stream You Are Interested In

Internships with us focus on one or several of the following areas:

•Data Analytics
•Data Science & Machine Learning
•Cloud Data Engineering
•UX/UI Design
•Web Analytics
•Video Editing
•Front End Development
•Communication and Outreach

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

In your application, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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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