Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - RESEARCH ASSISTANT,I, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 13 April 2017 - 30 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Social Affairs-ECA-77898-J-Addis Ababa (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Population and Youth Section (PYS) within the Social Development Policy Division (SDPD) is offering an internship for three (3) months with an opportunity for extension, pending the needs of the Division. The internship is UNPAID and full time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. The Internship is located in the PYS of the SDPD at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa. The UNECA is mandated to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. To find out more about UNECA, please go to


The SDPD consist of three sections, namely: Social Protection Section; Population and Youth Section and Urbanization Section and one center, African Centre for Gender. The Population and Youth Section works towards enhancing the policy and strategic approaches of member states to integrate demographic changes and emerging population and youth issues into development policies and programmes, at both the national and regional levels.
The focus of this internship will be to assist the Population and Youth Section in its work on the Demographic Dividend, Age Structural Transition and Gender Dividend.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Population and Youth Section and within delegated authority, the intern will carry out the following tasks.
•Assist with compiling information and undertake research on policy issues in relation to population issues including the policy/normative framework as well as issues such as demographic dividend, demographic transitions, determinants and consequences of population trends
•Support data collection activities
•Undertake desk review of bibliographies for the section's reports and proof read documents
•Assist with organizing and convening meetings, including attending to all relevant preparations.
•Perform other duties as might be assigned by the Chief of Section.


Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely 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: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals. 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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


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; 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.

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 (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


Not Applicable

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 you are 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.

This is an ongoing advertisement. The successful candidates may be contacted at any time within the posting period or shortly thereafter.

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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