Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERNS – RESEARCH ASISTANTS: Demography or Population Studies, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - SOCIAL SCIENCES
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 25 April 2018 - 29 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Social Affairs-ECA-96173-J-Addis Ababa (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Internship is located in the Population and Youth Section of the Social Development Policy Division (SDPD) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa. The internship is for three (3) months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the Section for maximum of six (6) months.

The Social Development Policy Division consist of three sections, namely:1) Social Protection Section; 2) Population and Youth Section and 3) Urbanization Section and one centre, African Centre for Gender. The Population and Youth Section works towards enhancing the policy and strategic approaches of member states to integrate demographic changes and emerging population and youth issues into development policies and programmes, at both the national and regional levels. The focus of this internship will be to assist the Population and Youth Section in its work on the Demographic Dividend.

The UNECA is mandated to promote the economic and social development of its member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. To find out more about UNECA, please go to www.uneca.org.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Population and Youth Section and within delegated authority, the incumbent will carry out the following functions

•Assist with compiling information and undertake research on policy issues in relation to population issues including the policy/normative framework as well as issues such as migration, demographic dividend, demographic transitions, determinants and consequences of population trends
•Support data collection activities
•Undertake desk review of bibliographies for the section's reports and proof read documents
•Assist with organizing and convening meetings, including attending to all relevant preparations.
•Perform other duties as might be assigned by the Chief of Section.

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

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

1) Applications must meet one of the following educational requirements: (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;
2) Be computer literate in standard software applications;
3) Have a demonstrated and keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
4) Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the United Nations Internship Programme.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of the other official UN language is an asset.

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

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

The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree programme (What are you corrently studying?)
- Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme?)
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List your top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s)
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all your past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful 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. 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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