Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION, 2 internships, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 27 November 2017 - 21 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-DM OUSG-89146-J-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Umoja is a complete re-working of the way the United Nations Secretariat manages its administration, business processes, and technological solutions. This is an opportunity to be part of a team with a mission to deeply improve and transform the work being done at the UN and to contribute to a large-scale organizational change. The intern will also be exposed to the deployment and implementation of various aspects of this leading-edge software that aims to provide a more harmonized and streamlined approach to the UN’s management of its finances, resources, and assets.

For more information on Umoja visit: This Internships are located in the Communications and Engagement Team of Umoja in the Department of Management in New York.

The Department of Management/Umoja internships are for three months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the Office. The internships are UNPAID and full-time. 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.


Under the supervision of the Communications Officer, the Intern will be responsible for:

1.Developing, drafting, revising and updating English language content on the Umoja website, Intranet pages, Umoja communities on Unite Connections and social media channels.
2.Assist in the development of various communication products including videos, animations, demos, brochures, handouts, posters, articles, etc.
3.Contributing communications-related content to Training Materials, Staff Resources, Informational Content, etc.
4.Assist in developing content for the Umoja newsletter and intranet articles.
5.Researching, compiling and presenting information for use in the preparation and production of communications products/services for external audiences and internal staff oriented materials.
6.Managing, updating and further developing internal databases; assisting in design, development and maintenance of Internet applications.

The following experience/skills/knowledge will be needed in order to carry out the responsibilities described above:

Strong communication abilities and background; excellent writing and editing skills; experience working on creative and dynamic projects preferred, experience managing tight deadlines and conflicting schedules is desired.

Proficiency in all MS Office programmes is required. Experience managing websites and/or social media accounts as well as producing communications deliverables with Adobe Creative Suite and other multimedia software is highly desirable (please list all relevant experiences and tech skills in your application). Additional experience with qualitative/quantitative analysis and/or web analytics is an advantage.


Core Competencies:
-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

-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


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following four conditions must be met:

1. Applicants are required to:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Communication, Journalism, Public Information or related field;
(b) Or be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent) in Communication, Journalism, Public Information or related field;
(c) Or have graduated with a university degree as defined in (a) and (b) above and if, selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
(d) If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of fulltime studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Information or related field.

2. Be computer literate in standard software applications, i.e., MS words, Excel, Power Point, etc.; Graphic and Layout design software, i.e., Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Dreamweaver; Social Media applications, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.; Web Development & Maintenance, i,e., Drupal/other CMS, HTML, CSS, UX, Google Analytics, etc.

3. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations; and

4. Have demonstrated the 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. However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their personal history profile.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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:

- Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
- Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme).
- List any media/tech skills (particularly those related to graphic / layout design, social media management, and/or web development and maintenance) and applications that you are proficient in.
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), tech skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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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