Job Opening

Posting Title: UNCTAD INTERNSHIP IN THE NEW YORK OFFICE- (3 Positions) in International Relations, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 February 2018 - 04 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-UNITED NAT-93151-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

This profile is for the sole purpose of the Internship Programme of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development in New York. There should be no expectation of employment within the United Nations after an internship. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above carrying international recruitment status in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. UN interns must have a valid visa.

The three positions are located in the Office of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in New York. The Internship Programme is unpaid and full-time, i.e. an intern is expected to work five days per week (9.00 am to 5.00 pm).

The period of these internship positions will be of four months with starting dates possible between early May 2018 and early July 2018.


Carrying out his/her tasks under the supervision of a senior staff member, the intern will perform the following functions:

• Monitor and provide summaries of relevant UN meetings of the General Assembly, ECOSOC and other UN consultative bodies.

• Support activities with UN institutions, amongst others: ECOSOC Secretariat, DESA, OHRLLS.

• Assist in the preparation of UNCTAD’s briefings and meetings.

• Provide support to UNCTAD staff on mission to New York by organizing meetings with representatives of Member States, UN Departments and Agencies and other stakeholders as necessary.

• Update and improving information contained in the NYO databases and performing Internet-based research and information cataloguing related to the work of UNCTAD.

• Assist with the maintenance of NYO’s electronic communications dispatched regularly to all stakeholders, including UNCTAD communications and outreach products.

• Prepare inputs for staff members of the NYO participating in intergovernmental processes.

• Contribute to social media outreach strategy.

• Undertake other tasks as necessary.

More generally, interns shall:

1. Observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 4 of the UN Internship Programme Administrative Instructions ST/AI/2000/9 & ST/AI/2005/11.2. Provide the receiving departments/offices with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. The UN shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of the UN, the interns shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the UN in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law.3. Respect the impartiality and independence required of the UN and of the receiving department/office and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UN.4. Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the receiving department/office, they may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with the UN or the receiving department/office, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with the UN; and5. Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the UN or on the receiving department/office and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the UN.


-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.-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated.

-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, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
• Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
• Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
• Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, much commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic programme. Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.
• 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 includes willingness to 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 is required for this Internship Programme. Knowledge of another language is an asset. In addition to English; French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish are also official languages of the UN.


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.

Special Notice

Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills and expertise. Applicants are asked to please indicate preferences which best match his/her suitability and do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both the intern and the receiving UN department.

A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this instruction, “child” means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of achild of a staff member or a staff member’s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law).“Sibling” includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.

United Nations Considerations

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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