Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - STATISTICS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 23 February 2018 - 28 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Statistics-ECA-93483-J-Addis Ababa (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The African Centre for Statistics (ACS) is offering an internship for a minimum of two (2) months with an opportunity for extension (up to maximum 6 months), pending on the needs of the department. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five day per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Chief of Geo-information and Sectoral Statistics Section, under the overall supervision of the Centre’s Coordinator at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa. The UNECA is mandated to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. To find our more about UNECA, please visit our website:


Duties may include, but are not limited to:

• Undertake research and activities in support of programmes/projects ongoing in the team. This includes also editing, translation, formatting work and review of documents.
• Support the GiSS Section with reviews including compiling critical information on key studies, project results and impacts e.g Use of Earth Observation to delineate and incorporate urbanization spatial patterns and socio-infrastructure into a GIS database, assess African etc.
• Prepare case studies, technical analyses, compiling statistics etc. for publications including scientific journals, newsletters, pamphlets, and communication material etc.
• Support the development of databases of ongoing projects on geodetic reference frame, national spatial data infrastructures, etc. and updating them with information from projects including results achieved, pictures, videos, news articles.
• Appraise the common standards and metadata that would make statistical and geospatial information more useable and more relevant to a wider range of stakeholders.
• Identify some of the best practices and experiences, and outline the guiding principles for adopting common standards in the mapping practices in Africa.
• Develop guiding principles on common regional standards in line with the international policy and standards.
• Provide support to the organization of regional meetings and other geo-related events organized by ECA (UN-GGIM, AfricaGIS 2017, etc).
• Assist in drafting and preparing official documents .
• Working on geoportal development .
• Perform any other duties as requested.



• 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

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


To qualify for an internship under the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1) Applications must meet one of the following educational 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;
2) Be computer literate in standard software applications;
3) Have a demonstrated and keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
4) Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a 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. However, applicants are encourage to list all relevant work experience in their person history profile.


English and French are the working Languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Working knowledge another UN language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

The duration of the internship is normally two months on a full time basis- this may be exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of the The internship is UNPAID and full time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. Interns work five day per week (35 hours).

A completed online application (including Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
- your Degree programme (what are you currently studying?);
- your Graduation date (when will you or when did you graduate from the programme?);
- any IT skills or software applications that you are proficient in;
- an explanation as to why you would be the best candidate for this internship;
- an explanation as to why you are interested in the United Nations Internship Programme;
- in your Personal History Profile, please list all past work experience, your IT skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted. Please note that this is an on-going advertisement during 2018. Successful candidates may be contacted at any time during the posting period or shortly thereafter.

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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