Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 30 November 2017 - 30 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-UNOCT-89691-J-New York (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) was established by the General Assembly through resolution 71/291 in 2017, which highlighted the importance of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism as and when conducive to terrorism, stressing, in this regard, the importance of an integrated and balanced implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy across its four pillars. The General Assembly has established the Office in accordance with the competencies and functions set out in the report of the Secretary-General on the capability of the United Nations system to assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/71/858). The UNOCT and its Under-Secretary-General provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates and support Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Despite the recent notable success stories, many states and regions around the world continue to face gaps in planning and analysis, resource mobilization, institutional coordination, and in building coherent responses to terrorism. This daunting challenge could only be addressed through comprehensive strategies that are integrated and take into account local conditions and realities. National and regional counter-terrorism strategies, based on the holistic framework provided by the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and UN Plan of Action to prevent Violent Extremism are critical to counter terrorism in a comprehensive, integrated and preventative manner.

The internship is located in the Capacity Building Unit of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), which is part of the UNOCT.


Under the overall guidance of the Under-Secretary-General of OCT, its Director and Chief of Unit, the Intern will report to a Program Officer of the UNCCT Capacity Building Unit. The intern will be responsible for the following duties:

•Undertake research in thematic areas to support the work of a cluster, especially regarding national and regional strategies to prevent violent extremism and counter-terrorism, and prepare reports;

•Draft or provide inputs to documents such as background papers; concept notes and analytical reports;

•Attend meetings and provide summaries;

•Support the planning and organisation of workshops, briefings and conferences;

•Performs other related duties as required.



Ability to complete in-depth research and analysis of relevant areas of international human rights law and human rights issues in the counter-terrorism context; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.


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.

Planning and 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.


Education: Advanced university degree preferably in political science, international law, international relations or other relevant field.

Work Experience

Experience in undertaking research and in drafting background notes and reports related to policy matters is desirable.

Knowledge of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and other counter-terrorism related documents would be desirable. Knowledge of programme management would be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other official United Nations languages would be desirable.


panel Interview

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.

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