Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of Information and Communication Technology
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 04 April 2018 - 03 October 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Information Management Systems-OICT-95599-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 with the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), Department of Management (DM). The internship is for three months with an opportunity for extension, depending on the needs of the Office. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Key responsibilities: The Intern will support the development and implementation of plans and approaches for OICT services and systems, building partnership with internal and external entities locally and globally, project management and creation of global standards and policies. He/she will be responsible for providing support with analyzing, drafting or producing of specific types of information communications products for target audiences, to include promotional products, online content (eg. blog posts and wikis), graphics, and video clips. Candidates must be familiar with social media, web-based tools. Responsibilities may include the following: - Analyze and draft promotional copy for use in different marketing and business channels, including advertising, Internet, and e-mail; Analyzes and creates multimedia and graphic material for varied print and electronic media. Prepares and coordinates the development of new content in websites and professional online communities and groups; drafts wiki content and blog posts, and Coordinates with the reporting officer Participates in writing reports and papers on systems-related topics, system requirements, information strategy, cybersecurity. Conduct research and present findings on information technology, cybersecurity, data analytics and technology innovation like AI, Blockchain and other innovations i.e., best practices in information technology policies, innovative use of information technology, knowledge management, information security, cybercrime etc; Additional
activities that may be required to ensure the success of the work team. The intern will have an opportunity to gain practical knowledge and understanding in the project and resources planning, implementation, and operation of United Nations global information and communications technology.


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

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-Identities 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

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.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following four conditions must be met:

1. Applicants are required to:
(A) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Information and Communications Technology, Media Studies, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Management, Project Management, Business Management, Marketing, Communications and/or Library Science or related field; (B) or be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) in Information and Communications Technology, Media Studies, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Management, Project Management, Business Management, Marketing, Communications and/or Library Science or related field; (C) or have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation; (D) If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of fulltime studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree in Information and Communications Technology, Media Studies, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Management, Project Management, Business Management, Marketing, Communications and/or Library Science or related field;

2. Be proficient in standard office automation equipment (e.g. computer, scanner, printer, etc.) and software systems (e.g. Microsoft Windows 7 or similar; Microsoft Office or similar; Lotus Notes or similar, etc.). Be familiar with cutting-edge technology and tools and/or have experience with social networking and collaboration platforms.

3. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and

4. 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 programme.


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


Applicants are encouraged to clearly indicate their areas of interests and highlight their specific skills and/or experience in their cover note. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving UN department.

Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.

Special Notice

To apply:
A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. To complete an online application, please create and complete a personal history profile (PHP) and a cover letter in the UN e-Recruitment system (
Please ensure that you indicate your proficiency in the English language in your PHP.
Please note that incomplete applications with not be reviewed.
The cover note should include:
(1) Title of the degree currently being pursued by the applicant and the specific subjects taken;
(2) Expected graduation date from the degree programme that the applicant is enrolled in;
(3) List the IT skills and software programmes that you are proficient in;
(4) Explain how an internship with the Office of Information and Communications Technology in the United Nations fits within your career plans and why you would be the best candidate for this team.
Please note that due to high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), education, skills, languages and three references

United Nations Considerations

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


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