Job Opening

Posting Title: Intern-Information Management (Humanitarian Data Scientist)
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 29 April 2016 - 29 May 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Documentation and Information -OCHA-59692-R-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Internships are normally for a minimum of three-month period. Under certain circumstances, an internship can be extended for up to a total of six months.

Internships are unpaid. The intern is responsible for their own travel, accommodation, medical insurance, visas, and living expenses.

Interns are not allowed to apply for a job within the UN Secretariat for a period of six months following the internship.

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

The Cover Note must include: Your availability dates for internship; Title of degree you are currently pursuing; Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme); List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in; Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific Section (s); Explain 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.

Applicants must have a demonstrated 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 include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the UN Secretariat department responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. OCHA also ensures that there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

The Information Services Branch (ISB), as an integral part of the Corporate Programme Division (CPD), is responsible for both defining and implementing OCHA's information and technology strategy while introducing more effective ways of developing and delivering digital information and technology services that serve OCHA staff and the larger humanitarian sector. The sections within the branch are responsible for a range of matters including humanitarian data (HDX), response-based websites (ReliefWeb & and applications (Humanitarian.ID), technical infrastructure (email, document management, connectivity, etc), and both support to and capacity development of field-based information management officers.

The announcement offers an opportunity for an internship assignment that will be based in New York, USA, and the intern will under the guidance and supervision of a Programme Manager within ISB. This internship is being offered for a period of three (3) months with a possibility of extension up to a maximum period of six (6) months..


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, duties may include but are not limited to lending support to projects and/or activities within the branch/Division of assignment, in particular the intern:

•Will investigate and test emerging data science/journalism techniques and tools, making suggestions on how these could be incorporated into OCHA's Information Management practices;
•Work with country/regional office and/or HQ teams to leverage available data to highlight how we could use humanitarian data to tell more engaging stories or to build more interesting web platforms;
•Assist in Developping prototypes and/or proof-of-concepts of advanced online visualizations including interactive solutions using Java script-based languages;
•Work with visual and interactive designers to create data stories and interactive visualizations; and
•Outline available online courses for OCHA Information Management Officers to help build their data science skills


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.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: 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; knowledge and experience of visualization both offline and online is an asset as is knowledge of GIS; and knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly advanced user certification of MS Access, MS Excel, MS Project and MS Word) is desirable.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

• Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
• Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
• Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, much commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic programme. Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.

The University degree must be in the area of Data Journalism, Statistics, Data Science, Design or Graphic Design, Business Administration (Computer Science), Management (Information Systems), Information Technology (Information Management, Information Systems, or Information Architecture), Information Systems or a related field.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional working experience for participation in the Programme though any academic and/ or practical experience in in technologies related to data science/journalism and visualization is essential. Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter and; have a demonstrated 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. For this internship fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Candidates will be assessed based on their Personal History Profile (PHP). Individual interviews may be conducted by the Hiring Manager directly for further consideration.

United Nations Considerations

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.

No Fee


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