Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - POPULATION AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 21 December 2017 - 20 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Population Affairs-DESA-90641-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 Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) /Population Division/Policy Section internship is for two months with a possibility of extension to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Division. The internship is 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.

The Policy Section compiles monitors trends in government policies and programmes related to population size and growth, population ageing, fertility and family planning, reproductive health, spatial distribution and urbanization, and international migration for all countries of the world; conducts the United Nations Inquiry among Governments on Population and Development; maintains the World Population Policies and the Global Abortion Policies databases; prepares technical and substantive reports on population policy issues; organizes expert meetings on population policy topics and supports intergovernmental processes, including the Commission on Population and Development.

Interns learning opportunities: Interns will have opportunities to broaden their experience and knowledge about international population issues; exposure to the work of the Population Division and related work in other UN agencies; broaden the understanding of current population policy issues globally; and introduced to the functioning of United Nations bodies. Interns are integrated in the policy section team, they participate and contribute to staff meetings and discussions, research issues, draft papers and reports, develop and maintain information databases, and provide support to other policy section activities. Interns work under the supervision of the policy section staff. In addition, interns have an opportunity to attend lectures, and other events related to social and economic development, and other UN-related issues held in New York.


Under the supervision of the Chief, Policy Section, Population Division, the intern will be responsible to provide support on the following:

(1) Assist with the review and refinements to the Global Abortion Policies Database and the associated interactive website.

(2) Contribute to the analysis and interpretation of information contained in the Global Abortion Policies and the World Population Policies databases.

(3) Contribute to the preparations for a coordination meeting on the United Nations Inquiry among Governments on Population and Development, including assistance with the development of survey instruments; logistical arrangements; notes taking during the meeting; and drafting the minutes.

(4) Prepare a short paper on a selected policy topic.

The specific research topic will be determined after discussions between the intern and the responsible officer, and should be mutually beneficial for both the intern and the UN.

Upon completion of this internship, the intern will prepare a brief report on the experience gained.

The intern may also be asked to assist in the day-today work of the Division as required. The intern is expected to familiarize him/herself, to a limited extent, with administrative work of the Division and other tasks that are typical of the UN organizations.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

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; -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 anticipate problems; -Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; -Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

The intern is expected to:
• 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.


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 in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

• Be computer literate in standard software applications.

• For this internship, applicants should be pursuing their studies or have graduated (as defined in (a) and (b) above) preferably in demography, population studies, public policy, law, sociology, economics, public health or in a related discipline. Proficiency with statistical software programmes (e.g., Stata and SPSS) is desirable; Familiarity with international population trends and policy issues is desirable.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship. Knowledge of an additional official United Nations language is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat).


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

Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

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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