Job Opening

Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 June 2016 - 22 July 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Administration-DM-62698-R-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
-Title of degree you are currently pursuing
-Graduation Date (when you will be graduating from the programme)
-Explain why you are the best candidate for United Nations Headquarters Committee on Contracts.
-Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
-List software skills and programmes that you are proficient in
-Indicate your availability for a 3-month internship during the period 12 Sept. 2016 to 30 June 2017.
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills (experience with Prezi is desirable), and three references.
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is with the Department of Management/Office of the Undersecretary General/Headquarters Committee on Contracts (DM/OUSG/HCC) is for a minimum of two months with an opportunity for extension for up to six months, depending on the needs of the department. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns will be required to work full five days per week under the supervision of a staff member of the United Nations Headquarters Committee on Contracts (HCC).


Selected intern will work in the Capacity Development Programme of the United Nations Headquarters Committee on Contracts. Ongoing responsibilities will include assisting with the update of the HCC online resources, organization and coordination of training sessions for the Local Committees on Contracts in field operations, maintenance of training statistics and preparation of training materials. Selected intern will also assist in i) maintaining a database to facilitate the monitoring of functioning of the Local Committees on Contracts (LCCs); ii) developing easy-to-use data analysis tool to analyze LCC-related statistics; iii) conducting research, analyzing and summarizing statistics for the Field Assessment Missions; iv) compiling data related to the workload of the Local Committee on Contracts, and perform other tasks, if requested.


Core Competencies:
-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

Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently

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


Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: i) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); ii) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); iii) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (i) and (ii) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. Experience with standard software applications such as Word, Excel and Power Point is required. Experience with video editing software is an advantage. Applicants shall demonstrate keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and shall demonstrate 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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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 the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 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.

No Fee


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