Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - HUMAN RESOURCES, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 February 2018 - 30 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Resources-DM OHRM-93915-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 Career Support and Performance Management Section of the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) Department of Management (DM) is recruiting an Intern to assist the Performance Management Team in managing projects related to the implementation of the organization's performance management strategy.

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student who wishes to gain professional experience in the application of Human Resources with a focus on Performance Management within an international organization to supplement their studies. This internship is practical educational experience and will provide the opportunity to work in a multicultural and intergovernmental environment. Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations.

The internship is for three months initially, with the possibility of extension. The internship is unpaid. Interns work full-time, seven hours per day (35 hours), five days per week (Monday-Friday) under the supervision of a staff member in the Performance Management team which they are assigned to. The intern will report to the Staff Development Officer.


Daily responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

•Conducts research on best practices on select areas of performance management and career development in International Organizations;

•Researches and presents information relevant to the work performed by the performance management and career development teams;

•Assists in the preparation of reports, analyses, policy papers, position papers and briefing notes on issues related to performance management and career development;

•Identify and analyze learning and career support needs of select groups of staff, such as staff members in the General Service and related categories;

•Design, organize and deliver career support and learning initiatives for staff and managers in the UN Secretariat;

•Assists in development and roll-out of performance management and career support communication plans, including through graphic design in Adobe products and editing web pages in Drupal;

•Assists in the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of qualitative and quantitative data related to the performance management and related learning programmes;

•Performs other duties as assigned in support of the team’s goal to equip staff members and supervisors with competencies and tools necessary for successful performance management.


-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


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);

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);

(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in 3.1 (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Office (Word, Excel & Powerpoint is required) and Adobe.

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideas of the 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.

Work Experience

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

Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to successfully work and interact in a multicultural environment.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Qualified candidates will be contacted directly by the Programme Manager.

Special Notice

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

The Cover Note must include:

- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Expected Graduation Date
- List of software skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List of your top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In you Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills and three references.

Due to a 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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 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 the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 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


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