Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LANGUAGES (PROOFREADING, CHINESE)
Job Code Title: INTERN - LANGUAGES
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 04 October 2016 - 08 November 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Language-DGACM-67879-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 (i) include the name of your degree programme (What are you currently studying?) and your graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?); (ii) list the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in; and (iii) explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme and why you are the best candidate for this specific internship. In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship positions are located in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) in New York. The internship is for two months from 3 January 2017 to 3 March 2017, with a possibility of extension, subject to the needs of the Department. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Chief of the Meetings Support Section or the internship supervisor, as appropriate. Candidates are encouraged to highlight their specific skills and/or experience in their application. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving Service/Section.

Responsibilities

Interns will be responsible for the following duties:

•Read proofs in the target language for grammar, style and format, ensuring appropriateness and consistency;
•Check proofs against the manuscript in the target language and against the final text in the source language and re-translate unintelligible or missing passages, ensuring accuracy and completeness;
•Conduct research and check references and citations, ensuring alignment and relevance;
•Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of editorial policies, practices and research techniques. Solid translating, editing and analytical abilities with sensitivity to nuance. Ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in a text. 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.

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.

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.

Communication: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Education

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, must 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.

Work Experience

Professional experience is not required, but would be considered an asset.

Languages

Complete mastery of Chinese, which must be the candidate’s main language, and a good knowledge of English or French. Knowledge of a third official language would be an asset. The official languages of the United Nations are: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Assessment

Candidates will be assessed based on their Personal History Profiles (PHP). Individual interviews and/or tests may be conducted for further assessment.

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

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.

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