Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 27 February 2018 - 13 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-DESA-93833-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 internship with the ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch (EICB) of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) is for two months, with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the Department.

The internship is UNPAID and full time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in EICB to which they are assigned.

The ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination of UN-DESA:
- Supports the Economic and Social Council’s oversight and coordination role over the work of its subsidiary bodies, in particular its functional commissions
- Engages the United Nations Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies in the work of the Economic and Social Council, in particular in the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the Partnership Forum
- Engages civil society, including non-governmental organizations, youth, foundations and the private sector in the work of the Council, in particular the Youth Forum and the Partnership Forum
- Organizes special ECOSOC meetings on emergencies and emerging issues
- Promotes the mainstreaming of peacebuilding issues in the work of the Council to strengthen the nexus between peace and development
- Undertakes communication and outreach activities to raise the profile of ECOSOC


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

• Undertaking research on key issues for the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC);
• Assisting in the substantive and organizational preparations of the annual ECOSOC Youth Forum and Partnership Forum, that will address various aspects of the annual theme of the Economic and Social Council;
• Organization of panel discussions, roundtables, briefings for the membership of ECOSOC;
• Following the work of the ECOSOC Functional Commissions to identify key issues and trends;
• Following inter-governmental meetings of ECOSOC and the General Assembly, other relevant meetings, briefings, etc., on various economic and social issues, in particular the 2030 Agenda, and preparing summaries of their outcomes;
• Following and reporting on Member States’ negotiations on draft resolutions;
• Assisting in the Branch's work on peacebuilding and with regard to countries emerging from conflict, as well as on the Ad Hoc Advisory group on Haiti;
• Assisting in the Branch's work on communication (Social media; video production; media alert/press release; and news article);
• Providing input to speeches, background notes, briefs and presentations.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

-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
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

The intern is expected to:
• Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
• Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
• 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 above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

• Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


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 Untied Nations Secretariat.


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

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.

No Fee


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