A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) if required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date
- List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List of top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explanation why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.
Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant’s profile, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Division. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, Division are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
The TRADE AND INVESTMENT DIVISION /APTA UNIT internship is for 2-6 months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) is a preferential trade agreement which was established in 1975 for ESCAP developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It is the oldest and largest operating Regional Trade Agreement (RTA) in the region. Open to all developing member countries, APTA is a truly region-wide trade agreement spanning East and South Asia, with potential to expand to other sub-regions, including Central Asia and the Pacific. It is also the first multilateral agreement among the developing countries in the region to adopt common operational procedures for certification and verification of the origin of goods.
The candidate, under the overall guidance of the Chief, APTA Unit/Secretariat and direct supervision of the APTA Secretariat staff, is expected to undertake the following activities in relation to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) work programme for 2016-17:
1.Provide assistance to on-going activities required for enhancing the awareness of Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), in particular, upgrading/updating of the APTA website;
2.Collect and analyze information/data on the APTA-related research;
3.Provide assistance to updating the current data set of NTMs of APTA Participating State;
4.Provide assistance in preparing the APTA Standing Committee and Ministerial Council sessions, including the meeting document/materials;
5.Provide assistance in taking note/minutes of the APTA Standing Committee sessions.
6.Provide other assistance as needed by the APTA Secretariat.
-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.
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
-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;
-Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box";
-Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things;
-Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
-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.
Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least fours years of full-studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree; and if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
-are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
-shall be computer literate in standard software applications;
-have demonstrated a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
-have demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration. Candidate who can start his/her internship on 1 March 2016 is most desirable.
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.
Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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.