INTERN – POLITICAL AFFAIRS

Posting Title: INTERN – POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN – POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 November 2017 – 15 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-OSRSG-CAAC-88789-J-New York (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A

The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) internship is for six months, although a shorter period of time would also be considered. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

Responsibilities

Duties may include, but are not limited to:• Support the Office in various research related assignments including an ongoing analysis of Security Council action on Children and Armed Conflict.• Support to country teams, researching background documents and serving as principal note taker during interviews and meetings.• Perform analytical research as required.• Support drafting of technical documents and assist in drafting related reports.• Assist in the organization of seminars, working groups and expert meetings.• Perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to research and compile background materials, draft and edit written material in English. Ability to prioritize and manage time and resources efficiently and effectively. Familiarity in the use of various electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to serve as note-taker at meetings and /or produce summary reports. Use of tact in and ability to handle confidential information on sensitive political issues with due discretion. Awareness of the work of the United Nations including the Security Council and interest in conflict affected countries.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.

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:- Applicants must meet one of the following 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;- Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter. In addition, candidates should 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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Fluency in French, Spanish or Arabic is strongly desired.

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager 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:- Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)- Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.- List your top three areas of interest.- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all 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

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. 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.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 inspira account-holder homepage.Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. 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.

Link: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=88789