Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - COMMUNICATIONS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 January 2018 - 30 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Administration-DM OHRM-91552-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 position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management and is for a period of three months beginning in March 2018, with the possibility for extension. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Associate Human Resources Officer - Communications in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management.


Do you want to serve a bigger cause? Are you someone who thrives on diversity and working together with people from all over the world? The Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management (OASG/OHRM) of the United Nations in New York is currently looking for a Communications intern who is interested in joining a very dynamic and international office which is mandated to provide human resources services across the global UN Secretariat.

Duties may include but are not limited to:
-Research, compile, draft and edit basic information for use in the preparation and production of communications materials, often under tight deadlines.
-Monitor and analyze statistics related to our websites and communications products.
-Manage meeting agendas and draft meeting notes.
-Participate in organizing and setting up for special events organized by the department, as necessary.
-Take on other special project as assigned.
-Draft and prepare written documents for various purposes (e.g. meeting notes, background material, correspondence, reports, etc.)
-Knowledge in using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
-Familiarity with and/or interest in taking digital photographs.
-Familiarity with graphic design tools (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or other graphic design programme) is a plus.


•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

•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

•Actively seeks to improve programmes or services
•Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs
•Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas
•Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"
•Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things
•Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches


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.

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 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.

No Fee


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