Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Global Compact Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 December 2017 - 30 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-DM GCO-89920-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

The Global Compact offers internship opportunities in its New York office. The Global Compact Office is the UN entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative, including the management of the Global Compact’s name and logo, and the Global Compact Integrity Measures. The Global Compact pursues two complementary objectives: (1) making the Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and (2) facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and other collective action in support of UN goals. To promote its 10 principles, the Global Compact also undertakes work on a range of corporate citizenship issues, including business and human rights, anti-corruption, partnerships for development etc. Official UN internships can be offered for a minimum of 2 months. The DM/UN Global Compact Office internship programme prefers to initiate internships for an initial period of three months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a relevant staff member of the UN Global Compact Office based on their assignments.


Depending on their level of experience and training, interns in the Global Compact Office will: • Research and analyze relating to the topic of corporate citizenship, especially on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption; • Draft and edit publications, papers and other documents; • Liaise with Global Compact stakeholders on key corporate citizenship topics; • Support the organization of meetings and events; •Assist with outreach activities; • Assist in the coordination of the Communication on Progress process; • Handle email and other inquiries; • Assist in the implementation of the Global Compact’s integrity measures; • Perform administrative tasks as assigned. Additionally, responsibilities and scope of work may vary depending upon the issue team you choose to work with. Issue teams within the Global Compact are as follows: Anti-corruption: Encouraging business to work against corruption in all its forms; prompting companies to focus on anti-corruption measures. Human Rights: Develop tools and offer guidance to encourage and assist companies to implement a human rights framework into their business practices. Engage in outreach to persuade companies to do as such. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Raise awareness of business on ways to engage respectfully and positively with indigenous peoples. Persons with disabilities: Raise awareness of business on ways to engage respectfully and positively with persons with disabilities. Labour: Encourage companies to implement the Global Compact’s labour principles. These include recognition of the right to collective bargaining; eliminating force labour and child labour. Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality: Help mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment into corporate sustainability policies, practices and initiatives by promoting implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact. Environment: Support businesses to undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility in their business and manufacturing processes via various platforms and programmes (for additional information visit Business and Peace: Provides a dynamic forum to help companies operating in “conflict-prone,” “weak” or “post-conflict”, explore solutions to the dilemmas unique to their situation. PRME: Encourage business schools and academia to integrate corporate responsibility and sustainability into their curricula and learning material. LEAD: Challenges and supports approximately 50 global corporations to reach higher levels of performance through collaboration on advanced approaches to corporate sustainability. COP Team: Follows up with Global Compact participants to obtain the Communication on Progress submissions and ensure compliance to GCO principles. Communications & Media: Position the UN Global Compact as the global thought leader on corporate sustainability to participants, stakeholders and the media through our diverse issue portfolio, publications, events, websites and a variety of other communications channels. Local Networks: Local Networks are groups of participants that come together to advance the Global Compact and its principles within a particular country or geographic region. Their role is to facilitate the progress of participants in the implementation and advancement of the ten principles, while also creating opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action.


Communication: - 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: - 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. - Support and acts in accordance with the 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.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

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. 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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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