Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 12 January 2018 - 11 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-91400-J-Bangkok (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Trade, Investment and Innovation Division’s Investment and Enterprise Development Section internship is for three (3) to six (6) 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 Investment and Enterprise Development Section deals with policy issues relating to: the development of small and medium-sized enterprises; promotion and facilitation of foreign direct investment (FDI); national and international investment regulations, policies and agreements; and promotion of sustainable business practices in Asia and the Pacific region.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Investment and Enterprise Development Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, and the direct supervision of one of the Economic Affairs Officers of the Section, the intern will:

Assist in the preparation of analytical studies in the overall areas of: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Sustainable Business Practices / Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the integration of small and medium size enterprise (SME) into global value chains, the private sector’s role in disaster risk reduction, national and international investment regulations, policies and agreements, and/or other relevant areas of substantive research. The intern will also participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the section.

Related activities may include:
1.Assist in analytical and background research relating but not limited to: FDI and CSR sustainable business practices, trade and investment, enterprise development, regional and global value chains, policy and regulatory frameworks, access to finance for SMEs, inclusive business development and sustainability, business’ disaster resilience, etc.
2.Conduct quantitative data analysis, basic economic modeling and database updates of FDI statistics
3.Assist in research relating to national and international investment regulations, policies and agreements, including legal aspects
4.Assist in project planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programme initiatives
5.Assist in the coordination of workshops and forums
6.Collaborate in the development of web content and webpage design
7.Assist in the drafting of reports and organization of meetings.
8.Assist in engagement of the business sector, in particular assisting to organize meetings of the ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC) and ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) and Asia-Pacific Business Forum
9.Participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the section. This may include, for example servicing requests for information; support for developing presentations; updating of websites and databases; etc.

Competencies

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

Technological Awareness:
-Keeps abreast of available technology
-Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
-Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
-Shows willingness to learn new technology

Education

Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application 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 (first university degree, or second university degree or equivalent, or higher) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

Work Experience

Applicants
-are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
-shall be computer literate in standard software applications;
-have demonstrated a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
-have demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) if required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date
- List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List of top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explanation why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.

Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant’s profile, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Division. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, Division are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

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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