Job Opening

Posting Title: SSuRGe, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 02 December 2021 - 02 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-DPO-169962-J-Brindisi (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Security Sector Reform Standing Capacity (SSRSC) of the SSR Unit (SSRU), Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Department of Peace Operations (DPO), United Nations (UN) Secretariat.

The political affairs intern reports to the Senior SSR Officer of SSRSC based in Brindisi, Italy.

Responsibilities

The political affairs intern will be responsible for the following duties:
 Support country- and/or regional-level backstopping activities;
 Gather, research, analyze and present information from various sources;
 Assist in the drafting of various official documents (e.g. minutes, briefing notes, draft notes…etc);
 Assist in the team's planning and preparatory efforts for field support;
 Assist in data and information management;
 Support the organization of meetings;
 Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

Communication:

 Speak and write clearly and effectively;
 Listen to others and correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately;
 Ask questions to clarify and engage in two-way communication;
 Tailor language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
 Demonstrate openness in sharing information;
 Interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.
Teamwork:

 Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve team goals;
 Solicit input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise;
 Show interest in learning from others;
 Place team agenda before personal agenda;
 Support final group decision that may not entirely reflect own position;
 Share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client Orientation:

 Consider all those to whom services are provided as ‘clients’ and seek to see things from clients’ point of view;
 Establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
 Identify clients' needs and match them to appropriate solutions;
 Monitor ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
 Keep clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
 Meet timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

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).

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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and [‘fluency’ or ‘knowledge’] of French is [‘desirable’ or ’an advantage’]. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

Shortlisted candidates may be contacted by SSRU for interviews.

Special Notice

The internship is unpaid and full-time and does not guarantee employment within the UN upon its completion.
The internship is for a period of six (6) months. Interns work five days per week (35 hours).

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants will be requested to undertake the internship remotely.

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
 Date of availability;
 Title of degree you are currently pursuing;
 Graduation Date (When will you be/are graduating/have graduated from the programme?)
 Computer and software skills;
 Top three areas of interest;
 Your interest in the UN Internship Programme.

In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that start and end dates are flexible.
In your online Personal History Profile, please include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Interns are responsible for all internship-related expenses that they incur. The UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an 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.

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No Fee

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