Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LANGUAGES, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 March 2018 - 11 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Language-DPKO-94889-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

This internship is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)/Department of Field Support (DFS), Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET), in the Integrated Training Service (ITS). ITS is responsible for directing and coordinating peacekeeping training. The Service performs a range of training functions, from setting peacekeeping training standards to developing training materials and providing support to Member States. ITS also oversees and facilitates civilian training, both at Headquarters and in missions, working with training focal points in various offices and with the Integrated Mission Training Centres (IMTCs) in the field. The position is based in the Member States Support Team, which develops and delivers peacekeeping training for pre-deployment, induction and on-going training to Member States of the United Nations, and supports the implementation of the DPKO-DFS Policy on Training for all UN Peacekeeping Personnel and related guidance on training. This DPKO-DFS/ITS internship is for at least three months, with an opportunity for extension. The total duration may be exceptionally extended to a maximum of six months pending on the needs of the department. The incumbent reports directly to the Member States Support Team (MSST) Team Leader. The internship is UNPAID. Interns work up to five days
per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


ITS has launched the Comprehensive Protection of Civilians (CPOC) training package for pre-deployment training for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. The aim of these training materials is to provide troop-contributing countries with a comprehensive training package that combines aspects of POC, Child Protection and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence for its military peacekeepers. This includes several small exercises as well as a larger scenario-based exercise, which is run at the end of the course to strengthen participants’ understanding of how POC, Child Protection and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence considerations impacts military planning processes at the tactical level. The intern will work with MSST to translate this training package into French and will be responsible for: A) Translating the training package into French which includes conceptual modules and scenario-based exercises; B) Editing and reviewing the training materials, including complex or politically sensitive material, to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice, C) Carrying out more extensive editing where required, including rewriting, abridging and restructuring texts for greater readability and better logical sequence, D) Consulting with author departments and carry out research to clarify ambiguities and rectify substantive errors, E) Produce the master French copy of the text, F) Assist staff of other substantive units within ITS with drafting of documentation into French and provide advice on matters concerning translation policy and practice, G) Perform other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of translation policies, practices and research techniques. Solid writing and analytical abilities with sensitivity to nuance. Ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in a text. 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 areas of work.

TEAMWORK: 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.

COMMUNICATION: 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.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: 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; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


The following criteria will be used to determine eligibility of applicants:
1) Be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher); or if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree;
2) The area of study must be related to translation, editing, publishing services;
3) Be literate in IT, including IT programmes related to translation, as well as Word and Power Point;
4) Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and in particular peacekeeping, and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
5) Have demonstrated the 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 programme.


Fluency in both of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English and/or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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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