Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - Economist, Development Fin and SSC, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: BEIJING
Posting Period: 18 September 2023 - 30 September 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Economic Affairs-RCS-218348-J-Beijing (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Resident Coordinator Office in China aims to bring together the different UN agencies to contribute to the realization of the 2030 Agenda, both in China and through partnerships in other countries, by aligning the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in China’s work programme (UNSDCF) with the 14th Five Year Plan of the Government of China. The Resident Coordinator leads the UN country team and is the designated representative of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely in partnership with the Government of China, the Resident Coordinator and country team advocate the interests and mandates of the UN, drawing on the support and guidance of the UNCT.

The duration of this internship is six months on a full-time basis.
The intern should be based in China and able to work in the United Nations Office.
The intern will work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of the RCO Economist.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns and their supporting institutions.

The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from injury, illness, or death that may occur during the internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service. Applicants for the internship must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage to cover the full period of the internship at the duty station and provide a medical certificate of good health prior to the commencement of the internship. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.


The Economics, Development Finance and South-South Cooperation Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Economist and the Senior Advisor for South-South Cooperation. The Intern will support the RCO in a variety of activities related to this work and will support the coordination of activities among other UNCT Members. She/he will carry out the day-to-day work under the direct supervision and advice of the Economist and in accordance with established policies and procedures.

The responsibilities of the internship position will include but are not limited to:

• Contribute to the UN coordination function by providing relevant support to UN coordination mechanisms and UNCT activities under the guidance of the Economist of the RCO
• Conduct independent research and provide inputs to reports and analyses produced by the office.
• Support the RCO’s policy work by contributing to the compilation and preparation of briefing and presentation materials, background information and documentation
• Support the development and updating of databases and other information management activities.
• Support and provide talking points and inputs of speeches for meetings, events and missions
• Support team members in facilitating on-site, inter-agency and high-level meetings or events
• Support the RCO in partnership management
• Complete other ad hoc tasks requested by the office and/or the supervisor


• Shows pride in work and achievements.
• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing 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.

• 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.

• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
• Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
• Places team agenda before personal agenda.
• Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
• Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants to the programme must at the time of application 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).

For this internship, a first level university degree and/or progress towards a graduate degree in international relations, political science, public policy, economics or development studies is desirable.

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. Knowledge of Chinese is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

A complete online application (Motivational Statement and Candidate Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Motivational Statement should include: - Title of degree you are currently pursuing or have obtained
- Graduation date (when will you be graduating or when did you graduate from your programme)
- List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List of your top three areas of interest
- Explanation of why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
- Explanation of your interest in the United Nations internship programme

In your Motivational Statement, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), IT skills, and three references.

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

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.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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