Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Office for Disarmament Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 26 February 2018 - 29 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-ODA-93719-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 United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is seeking suitably qualified interns for the Summer/Fall of 2018, with a projected starting date of 09 July 2018. The UNODA internship is for an initial period of two months and may be extended to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Office and the willingness of applicant.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a professional staff member in UNODA to whom they are assigned.

UNODA advises and assists the Secretary-General in the discharge of his responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations and the implements mandates given by the General Assembly, the Security Council and other organs of the United Nations system, in the area of disarmament and related security.

Responsibilities

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned Branch within UNODA as well as the internship period. Interns shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:

• Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, summaries, talking points, speeches, remarks and web content

• Document, media and internet research

• Assistance during conferences and meetings

Competencies

The United Nations Core Competencies include:

• Communications: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills

• Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals

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, i.e. Master’s or equivalent, Ph.D. or post-graduate degree);

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 (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D. or equivalent)

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 internship programme.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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, i.e. Master’s or equivalent, Ph.D. or post-graduate degree);
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 (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D. or equivalent) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.

The Cover Note must include:

• Graduate Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)

• Graduation Date (When will you be graduating from the programme?)

• List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in

• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme and working for UNODA

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include any past work experiences, and contact details of three references. Kindly specify all the languages you speak, including your mother tongue.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

For more information, please visit the careers portal website at https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx

United Nations Considerations

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.

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.

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 inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. 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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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