Job Opening

Posting Title: Internship - Human Resources Services Section (Multiple Positions), I
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 27 January 2017 - 25 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Administration-ECA-73557-R-Addis Ababa (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The duration of internship is normally two months on a full time basis - this maybe exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the respective Division. Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship. UNECA accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. 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 will you be graduating from the programme); •List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in; •List your top three areas of interest; •Motivation letter explaining why you are interested in the UN Internship Programme; •Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), please include your experience in IT skills and three references. Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Resources Services Section, Division of Administration (HRSS/DOA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the Section to which they are assigned.


The functions of the intern will depend on the individual’s background and on the current projects / workload of the Section. Duties may include, but are not limited to:-

Recruitment and Placement:

• Assists in the filling of posts, including initiating and following-up on reference checks and academic verification, ensuring the completion of the pre-recruitment formalities
• Assists in the preparation of recruitment related meetings and any other tasks as assigned by the respective team Lead
• Updates and maintains recruitment databases

Staff Development and Career Support Training:

•Assists in organizing trainings and workshops
•Provides logistical and administrative support to trainers
•Performs day to day administrative tasks at the Career Resource Centre:
•Assists with maintaining a schedule of the language teachers

General Administration

•Undertakes research on a range of HR related issues and assists in the preparation of notes/reports.
•Provides general office support services; processes, drafts, edits, proofreads and finalizes for signature/approval a variety of correspondence and other communications; sets up and maintains files/records (electronic and paper); schedules appointments/meetings, monitors deadlines, etc.
•Undertakes other related activities as assigned by the supervisor.


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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.


Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher); or if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree. Be computer literate in standard software applications;

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter; and a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and or (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish).


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

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.

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