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Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 November 2017 - 22 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-UNOG-89365-J-Geneva (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

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?).
- IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is to take place in the NGO Liaison Unit as part of the Political Affairs and Partnerships Section in the Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva, starting in January/February 2018, for 3 to 6 months.

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 NGO Liaison Unit is the focal point for matters relating to relations between the United Nations Office at Geneva, NGOs and Civil Society Organizations. The Office maintains liaison with non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and facilitates their engagement with the United Nations.

Responsibilities

Follow NGO participation at the UN meetings in Geneva, in particular, the sessions of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms. In that sense, the intern will contribute to the preparation and the organization of the documentation pertaining to these sessions and meetings. At the request of the Chief of Unit, the intern will attend public meetings with NGO participation and will draft the reporting minutes ; Contribute to the organization of NGO meetings held in Palais des Nations supported by the Unit and liaise with relevant United Nations colleagues ; Participate to meetings which are of strategic interest for the NGO Liaison Unit. For that purpose, the intern will gather the requested documentation and produce reports ; Support the Unit in developing a communication tool and outreach strategy as well as produce guidelines and materials to facilitate the engagement of civil society actors with the UN ; Research themes which are of interest to the Office of the Director-General; Support the Unit while performing a combination of administrative and substantive tasks.

Competencies

Communication: - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively – Listen 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: - 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 participate problems – Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects – Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

Accountability: - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments – Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards – Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules – Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments – Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work of the unit, where applicable.

Education

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); 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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

- Be computer literate in standard software applications ;

- Have 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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and in French (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Assessment

N/A

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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