Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION
Department/Office: Office of Internal Oversight Services
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 August 2021 - 19 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-OIOS-159249-J-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), an independent
office reporting to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly. OIOS adds value by
providing worldwide audit, investigation, inspection, programme monitoring and evaluation
services to all bodies affiliated with the United Nations Secretariat. The Office of the Under-
Secretary-General (OUSG) supports the Under-Secretary-General (USG) and the Assistant
Secretary-General (ASG) in the fulfillment of their responsibilities for executive direction and
management of OIOS.
The internship, based in New York City, is UNPAID and full-time. The internship is initially
for three months and can be extended up to six months, working five days per week under the
supervision of a Chief of Unit in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Internships may be undertaken on the basis of flexible working arrangements. The intern is
required to work the equivalent of three months on a full-time basis within a six-month
period.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of
staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity,
with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a
diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and
employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and
ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities
may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and
indicated in the application.

Responsibilities

The Intern is expected to assist the Office to turn data into information, information into insight
and insight into business decisions. Through a range of information-driven products, the Intern will
help colleagues identify and communicate facts, trends, and patterns to support evidence-based
decision-making.

The Intern will also assist with the developing and publishing of content for the OIOS public website,
and internal SharePoint and Intranet portals.

The intern may be assigned to developing other communication material as applicable. Responsibilities
will depend on the individual's background, strength, and interest.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining and creating pages for the OIOS SharePoint portal
- Identifying communication items on issues relevant to the Office or the Organization,
- Developing content such as mini interviews or techniques pieces for an internal audience
- Creating basic website-related graphic design as applicable
- Developing and implementing various analysis, reporting and quality control tools, including publishing reports using PowerBI
- Identifying appropriate data sources for analytics projects
- Locating and defining new data analysis process improvement opportunities
- Publishing and updating the status of ongoing audit, inspection and evaluation assignments on the website
- Developing other forms of communication material as required.

Competencies

If accepted, interns will be expected to embody the following competencies:
Professionalism: Excellent analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, manage, and
disseminate amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy. The ability to analyze,
model and interpret data in support of decision-making, and convey information succinctly to
management. Adept at queries, report writing and presenting findings. Shows pride in work and
in achievements; observes deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather
than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
remains calm in stressful situations; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives
and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
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.

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following
conditions must be met:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or
higher); or
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum
Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree (Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D., or equivalent) and, if
selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
(d) if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into
undergraduate and graduate stages, they must have completed at least four years of full-time
studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree;
(e) graduated from or studying in the programme of public information, communication,
information systems and communication technology, languages, social sciences, or a related
field is desirable;
(f) be computer literate in standard software applications, in particular related to social media,
proficiency in HTML, CSS and/or Drupal is desirable;
(g) have a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal
commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
(h) 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 are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme. Are you a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have you completed a degree and are able to commence an internship within a year of graduation?
Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?
Will you be able to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?

Languages

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 another official UN
language is desirable.

Assessment

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 the degree you are currently pursuing.
- Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme).
- A list of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- A list of your top three areas of interest/department preference.
- An explanation of why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s),
- An explanation of 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.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for
travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their
sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not
United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a nonimmigrant
visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of
America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for
ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them
to undertake the internship.
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.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of
staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity,
with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a
diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and
employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and
ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities
may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and
indicated in the application.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical
diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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