Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Intern, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 April 2018 - 10 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Legal Affairs-OLA-96010-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 Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS/OLA) is recruiting interns for the period from 14 May 2018 to 31 October 2018. We are seeking motivated graduate students who wish to gain professional experience in in ocean affairs and the law of the sea within an international organization in order to supplement their knowledge, skills and studies. This internship will provide practical experience in ocean affairs and the law of the sea and an opportunity to work in a multicultural, intergovernmental organization. Under supervision, interns are assigned to projects and tasks which will provide them with the opportunity to apply and further develop their knowledge in ocean affairs and the law of the sea.

This internship is for an initial period of two months, without leave, and with the possibility of extension depending on the needs of the department.

The internship is NOT PAID 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.

Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring entities.

Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any position in the professional categories within the UN Secretariat for a period of six (6) months following the end of their Internship. Any employment with the UN at that point in time shall be subject to established recruitment and selection procedures.

For more information on the terms and conditions of the UN internship programme, please visit the UN internet site at: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/htm/documents.htm

For details on DOALOS/OLA's mandate and functions: http://untreaty.un.org/ola/div_doalos.aspx?section=doalos

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of internship positions range widely, encompassing many aspects of DOALOS/OLA's work.

These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

• Assistance in conducting legal research on issues related to ocean affairs and the law of the sea using multiple research resources.
• Assistance in the review of legal documents, instruments or other material.
• Assistance in drafting and preparing official and legal documents.
• Attending and taking notes at conferences and meetings.
• Assistance in servicing conferences and meetings.
• Working on website and/or presentations.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

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 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; identifies 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.

Education

Applicants to the United Nations Internship Programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

• Either

(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(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 (as defined above) 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;

• Have an interest and/or relevant education/work experience in ocean affairs and the law of the sea; and

• 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. However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their Personal History Profile.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official working language, i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish, is an advantage.

Assessment

N/A

Special Notice

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

Applications will be considered incomplete if the Cover Letter does not address each and every one of the following details below.

The Cover Letter must include:

1. Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
2. Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
3. A description as to why you believe to be qualified for this specific internship as a specific result of your education and/or work experience in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea.
4. A description of why you are interested in the United Nations Internship Programme.
5. A clear indication of the time frame of your availability for the internship during the period from 14 May 2018 to 31 October 2018.
6. The IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.

In your online INSPIRA Personal History Profile, be sure to include all relevant information concerning your education and work experience, with special emphasis on ocean affairs and the law of the sea, as well as IT skills, and three references.

Due to the 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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