Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS (DISARMAMENT), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office for Disarmament Affairs
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 21 November 2017 - 20 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-ODA-89194-J-Vienna (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?)

•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.

Applicants must attach to their application documentary evidence of continuing matriculation to a university degree programme in a graduate/post-graduate school during the planned period of internship with UNODA (i.e. an official letter of confirmation from a university).

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is located in the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) at Vienna, Austria. The duration of internship is for six months starting in the end of January 2018.

The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of Office.

For more information on UNODA Office at Vienna, please visit the following website:

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (40 hours).


The intern shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:

•support the substantive work of the Office and its cooperation on disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as a security culture, particularly in coordination with Vienna-based organisations

•participate in meetings/conferences/seminars and prepare meeting reports

•participate in the planning of specific UNODA projects (i.g., meetings, workshops, conferences and training courses

•contribute to the preparation of background documents, presentations, summaries, talking points and speeches

•conduct research on political and legal aspects of disarmament and non-proliferation

•perform other tasks as necessary.


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

Planning & 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

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 (OFFICIAL PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORTING ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION);

•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, but are encouraged to list all relevant work experience in their application.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset.


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

United Nations Considerations

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.

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.

No Fee


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