Job Opening

Posting Title: Intern - Intergovernmental affairs & data science, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 15 July 2022 - 30 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-DGACM-186503-J-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Intergovernmental Affairs intern will support the General Assembly Affairs Branch of the General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division, which serves as the technical secretariat for a number of intergovernmental bodies at United Nations Headquarters. In this context, the division seeks motivated interns to support its work.

Responsibilities

Interns report to full-time professional staff and will focus on the following work areas, as assigned:

AREA 1: INTERGOVERNMENTAL RESEARCH & DATA SCIENCE (60%)
- Conduct research on intergovernmental procedure and practice of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council and their subsidiary bodies;
- Support the tracking of intergovernmental activity in assigned bodies and maintain the related data sets; and
- Support the development of the procedure data model.

AREA 2: INTERGOVERNMENTAL SERVICES (20%)
- Assist in the preparation of procedural scripts for meetings, and undertake other preparatory tasks;¿
- Attend and summarize discussions held in meetings;¿
- Assist with logistics during meetings, including interactive presentations and assisting with the list of speakers;¿and
- Contribute to the preparation of talking points, and other papers and briefing materials.

AREA 3: PROJECT MANAGEMENT (20%)
- Support the day-to-day management of internal databases, including in user acceptance, quality assurance and change management processes;
- Support issue management related processes and prepare related correspondence;
- Assist in the formulation of project related strategies and policies; and
- Prepare meetings with different internal stakeholders.

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.

Familiarity with law, jurisprudence, procedure, philosophy or political science is desirable.

Familiarity with data management, data modeling, data mining or statistical analysis is desirable.

Special Notice

A completed online application (motivational statement and Candidate Profile) is required. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The motivational statement should include:

(1) Name of the degree programme and past or future graduation date;
(2) Degree of familiarity with law, jurisprudence, procedure, philosophy or political science;
(3) Degree of familiarity with data management, data modeling, data mining or statistical analysis;
(4) Availability during the months of August, September, October, November and December; and
(4) An explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. In your Candidate Profile, be sure to include all past work experience (if any), education, skills, languages and three references.

These internships are available for commencement from August, for a duration of two to three months, with a possibility of extension.

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.

Please note that due to the availability of multiple positions, review and selection may take place prior to closing date of the temporary job opening.

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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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