A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- Degree programme (What are you currently studying?)
- Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- List your top three areas of interest.
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC\CEPAL) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes supporting the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at www.eclac.org, for further information.
The internship in the Gender Affairs Division (www.cepal.org/mujer) will last 3 to 6 months, depending on the needs of the Division/Section. Candidates may be selected throughout the posting period, on an "as-needed" basis.
Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (work five days per week; 35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Division/Section to which they are assigned, but they may undertake flexible working arrangements, subject to certain conditions.
ECLAC’s Division for Gender Affairs specializes in gender-related issues through an interdisciplinary focus. The Division plays an active role to address gender inequality and women’s empowerment through developing tools and providing evidence for policy formulation and effective implementation and in gender mainstreaming in regional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It acts as a Technical Secretariat of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, and it also hosts the Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Division provides technical support to member States of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean and of the Presiding Officers of the Conference in their efforts to generate new knowledge on gender indicators and statistics and build capacity for developing and collecting gender statistics to inform decision-making, in particular with regard to women’s economic empowerment. Efforts are also carried on to strengthen dialogue between users and producers of gender statistics for policymaking. Governments also receive assistance in building evidence-based policies for gender equality. Work is carried to build the capacities of national machineries for the advancement of women and of other stakeholders, such as statistical offices and ministries of economy and labour, regarding the formulation, monitoring and dissemination of gender equality policies.
The internship is UNPAID. All costs of travel and accommodation, including living expenses, must be covered by the intern or any relevant sponsoring institution.
The child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above for a period of six months following the end of their internship.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
The intern will be under supervision of the Expert of the Division.
Daily duties may include:
- Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents
- Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings
- Document, legal and internet research
- Assistance during conferences
- Working on web-presentation
- Compiling statistics
Additionally, the Intern will also perform the following duties:
Provide general research assistance to the Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean and to the work of the Division.
- Research, extract and compile basic information and technical data on gender equality policies and related topics and issues.
- Assistance in monitoring gender equality policies and related issues by collecting, selecting, analyzing and compiling materials from multiple sources, e.g., relevant databases, the library and the Internet.
- Preparation of reports, presentations, tables, lists and graphs for information and review by supervisor.
General support to the work programme of the Division, including among other areas: e-learning courses, organization of expert meetings, websites.
- Other tasks according to the needs of the Division, related to women's economic, physical and political autonomy, in the context of the work programme.
Professionalism: Ability to collect, select, compile and conduct basic analysis of information and data from multiple sources related to public policies relevant to gender equality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Shows pride in work and in 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
Teamwork: 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.
Planning and 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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in Spanish (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Advanced knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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.
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