Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: ALMATY (ALMA ATA)
Posting Period: 22 March 2017 - 21 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-76278-J-Almaty (Alma Ata) (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:

- Degree Programme (What are you currently studying or what have you studied).
- Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?).
- List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- List of your top three areas of interest.
- Explanation about why you are the most suitable candidate for this specific internship.
- Explanation of 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.

Please note that due to the large number of applicants, divisions are not in a position to reply to each application and that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

Org. Setting and Reporting

ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia (SONCA), located in Almaty, Kazakhstan, offers internship opportunity for a minimum of two months with an opportunity for extension to up to six months, if required by the Office.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Office to which they are assigned.

SONCA is designated to strengthen regional cooperation and integration in line with the development priorities of the North and Central Asia subregion in order to accelerate progress towards the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other internationally agreed development agendas, and to achieve inclusive and sustainable development in this subregion.

SONCA works with nine ESCAP member States in North and Central Asia, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan participates in the activities of SONCA as a member of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).


Under the general guidance of Head of Office and the direct supervision by a staff member, an intern is responsible for a small applied research project related to the development priorities of the North and Central Asia subregion in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other internally agreed development agendas.

The selected development priorities may include, but are not limited to;

- Rebalancing and reviving economic growth;
- Enhancing infrastructure connectivity for trade and investment competitiveness;
- Investing in people for quality, inclusion, and social justice;
- Addressing shared environmental vulnerability.

The topic of the project will depend on the intern’s academic background, analytical skills, and interest.

In addition, regular duties of the intern may include:

- Media analysis: regular monitoring and collection of daily news and Monitoring on national development policies
- Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents
- Collection and statistical processing of socioeconomic data
- Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings
- Document, legal and internet research
- Assistance during conferences
- Working on web-presentation
- Evaluation of projects
- Compiling statistics
- Speech-writing
- Other activities upon request.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

- Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
- Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
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 shall:

a) Be computer literate in standard software applications;
b) Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
c) 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.

Familiarity with socioeconomic data is desirable. Substantive knowledge in empirical analysis and working experiences with relevant software packages such as STATA are an asset.

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 spoken and written English is required for the internship. Fluency in spoken and written language of North and Central Asian member countries is preferred.

Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


Not applicable

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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