Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LANGUAGES, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 March 2018 - 11 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Language-DM OHRM-95375-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 is in the Language and Communications Programme (LCP), Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development Section (LLODS), Learning, Development and HR Services Division (LDSD), Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Department of Management (DM).

•The internship is for an initial period of three months, 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).
•Interns report to the Focal Point of the Language Learning Services Unit.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•Editing and branding materials for the English language and communication skills courses;
•Drafting, editing, designing/branding and potentially translating promotional and informational materials for all of the Language & Communications Programme;
•Planning and assisting with additional language learning opportunities for the English Language Programme;
•Helping to plan and organize special events and presentations for any of the six language programmes (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish);
•Researching and compiling information relevant to the current projects for the Language Learning Services Unit (e.g., web-based course offering for offices away from headquarters, online learning licenses for remote duty stations)and contributing ideas to these projects;
•Maintaining the generic mail address;
•Assisting with surveys: question design, implementation online, data collection, data analysis and data visualization;
•Assisting with participant registration in web-based courses or activities related to online learning;
•Helping to explore the potential usefulness and best strategy for opening and maintaining a social media account for our programme;
•Helping as needed with other pedagogical, knowledge management; marketing or administrative projects relevant to courses and other training opportunities we offer in all of the six official United Nations Languages, as well as with our Language Learning Services Unit.

Interns will have the opportunity to:
•participate in language programme events
•assist with language courses, if interested and where needed
•participate in the pedagogical work and research of the LLSU
•learn about the language learning needs of the UN global Secretariat
•become familiar with distance learning modalities in place at the UN
•attend programme meetings


-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

-Prepares written communications (e.g., reports, correspondence, emails)
-Issues instructions or directions to others, or conducting briefings
-Provides technical advice or support
-Delivers presentations
-Conducts negotiations or takes part in debates and discussions

Technological Awareness:
-Keeps abreast of available technology.
-Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office.
-Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks.
-Shows willingness to learn new technology.

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


•Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program, or have graduated within the last six months, ideally in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL); and/or teaching other languages: Applied Linguistics or a field related to language learning and teaching;
•In countries where higher education is not divided into “undergraduate” and “graduate” programmes, applicants must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

Work Experience

•Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the internship programme. However, experience in teaching English (or other) language skills to adults is an advantage.
•Applicants should be familiar with text processing and spreadsheet applications (such MS office as Excel) and file hosting services (such as Dropbox or Google Drive) and ideally with various learning management softwares.
•Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to successfully work and interact in a multi-cultural environment.


•Applicants must command English at the C1 level or higher, and have exceptionally good writing skills
•Fluency in French is an advantage.
•Knowledge of another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

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

The Cover Note must:
•Include the title of the degree you are currently pursuing or have recently completed (within the past six months) and the graduation Date (when will you be graduating/graduated from the programme)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
•Indicate which of these four categories you would be interested in (online learning/ pedagogical work, graphic design, administrative tasks, communications)
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this particular internship
•Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

The Personal History Profile must include all past work experience, IT skills, as well as three references.

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY short-listed 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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