Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - HUMAN RESOURCES, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 18 March 2018 - 16 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Resources-UNSOS-94777-J-Nairobi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia. The intern will be based in Nairobi and report to Chief, Staff Selection Unit. The internship is for 6 months depending on the needs of the office. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.


The intern's role will be to assist Human Resources Officers with the recruitment of various positions in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia. Specific tasks may include:

i) organizing and evaluating candidate applications, ii) coordinating written assessments and interviews, iii) recording interview notes and inputting information in various recruitment databases, iv) preparing statistics and reports for dissemination as directed by Chief, Staff Selection Unit.

The intern will have an opportunity to shadow Human Resources Officers in the Office to learn more about UN human resources rules, regulations, procedures and practices and participate in a variety of projects.

Additional tasks may be assigned on as needed basis.


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all area of work.

Communication: a) Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; b) Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; c) Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; d) Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; e) Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: a) Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; b) Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; c) Places team agenda before personal agenda; d) Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; e) Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organizing: a) Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies) Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required) Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;d) Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning) Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary) Uses time efficiently


Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university or higher); be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelors or equivalent); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. 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 demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. Familiarity with Excel is an educational requirement.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, for this position, previous successful internship focused on human resources or recruitment, management, database management, report writing and statistics is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


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

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
•Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
• List your top three areas of interest/department preferences
•Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department (s)
•Explain your interest in the United Nations

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences if any, IT skills and three references.
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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


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