Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: MEXICO CITY
Posting Period: 06 April 2018 - 05 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-ECLAC-95300-J-Mexico City (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This opening is for internships at the International Trade and Industry Unit (Visit http://www.cepal.org/es/topics/8192/offices/8211 for more information about this unit). Internships are available throughout the year. Internships are available for a minimum of two months with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the department and the availability of the intern. The starting date will be decided with the intern according to their availability. Candidates must indicate the preferred starting dates in their application.


Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship.

ECLAC accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service.

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


The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) was established in 1948 to encourage economic cooperation among its member states. It is one of five regional commissions under the administrative direction of United Nations headquarters. ECLAC has 44 member States and eight non-independent territories in the Caribbean, and reports to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). ECLAC maintains subregional offices in Mexico City and in Port-of-Spain, country offices in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo and Bogotá, and a liaison office in Washington, D.C.

The Subregional Headquarters of ECLAC in Mexico was founded in 1951. It provides technical advice to governments of the countries of the subregion (Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama) in various socio-economic, technical and financial fields, as well as on development matters and integration issues. The subregional office in Mexico is comprised of five substantive units on Economic Development, Social Development, Agricultural Development, International Trade and Industry, and Energy and Natural Resources, in addition to the Office of the Director, the Administration Section, the Editorial, Documents and Conference Services Unit, and the Information Resource Centre and Publications Distribution Unit.

Responsibilities

The candidate, under general guidance of the Chief of the International Trade and Industry Unit of ECLAC-Mexico City, is expected to undertake the activities such as:

•Collects, evaluates, interprets and analyses specified statistics and qualitative socio-economic information obtained from a variety of sources and pertaining to diverse areas such as international trade, development economics, regional and subregional integration and industry dynamics, in particular in the ECLAC Mexico sub-region.
•Maintains databases and programmes for database management and organizes non-quantitative information.
•Prepares briefing notes, inputs to first drafts of analytical studies and similar material on diverse areas such as international trade, development economics, regional and subregional integration, and industry development in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists;
•Compiles and analyses the data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical cooperation project proposals in areas related to international trade, development economics, regional and subregional integration and industry development.

Competencies

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.


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.


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.

Education

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.

The area of study of the prospective intern must be related to the functional areas of ECLAC’s work programme.

Work Experience

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

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

Fluency in both Spanish and English (oral and written) is required for this Internship Programme.

Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit authorization of ECLAC.

Applicants must be computer literate in standard office software applications;
Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter;
Have 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; and state in their application their availability and preferred starting dates for the internship.


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

The cover letter must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Anticipated Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme)
- Preferred starting dates
- Motivation for applying to the UN internship programme.

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

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

United Nations Considerations

Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

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.

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.

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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