Job Opening

Department/Office: Division Of Conference Management
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 25 October 2016 - 31 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 16-Information Management Systems-UNOG DCM-68929-R-Geneva (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship is located in the Information Technology Section, Production and Support Service, Division of Conference Management, Geneva. This internship is not paid and full-time (five days per week). This internship is proposed from 15 November 2016 until 31 January 2017 with a possibility of extension up to maximum six months.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Information Technology Section and under the daily guidance of the Chief of the Client Solutions Unit, the incumbent will: • Participate in preparing user requirements and other technical specifications. • Assist in the design, development and installation of information systems.• Assist in the analysis of well-defined modules within the system, and in developing enhancements and new features to existing systems; may design and implement systems as needed. • Contribute in rigorous testing and proving of applications software.• Help in maintaining assigned portions of systems, providing operational support for system's applications, analyzing and implementing system changes/upgrades, etc. • Ensure data security and integrity.• Assist in preparing, updating and maintaining system's documentation and related technical/procedural manuals.• Assist in procurements, including conducting needs assessments and benchmarks, preparing technical specifications and evaluation criteria.• Assist in the set-up and monitoring of software performance measures.• Draft training materials and conducts training sessions and demonstrations of systems for users.• Participate with senior staff in assessing and testing new technology.• Perform ad hoc duties as required.


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 the audience. - Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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) beenrolled 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;
·Be computer literate in standard software applications;
·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 a demonstrated 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.
The University degree must be in the area of computer science, information technology or related area.

Work Experience

• Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme; • Should be computer literate in standard software applications; • 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 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. Fluency in English or French is required for the Internship Programme.



Special Notice

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 will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
·IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
·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.
A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this instruction, “child” means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member’s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). “Sibling” includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.

Other Skills and Requirements

Practical knowledge of the following software types, are an advantage: * Content management systems, particularly Drupal; * Database systems (MySQL, MSSQL, Oracle); * Programming languages (JavaScript, Python).

United Nations Considerations

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.

No Fee


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