Job Vacancies Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Position: Intern – Public Administration
Department/ Office DIVISION FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Thursday, 18 August 2011
Job Opening number 11-PBA-DESA DPADM-20365-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the division.
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.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individuals’ background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Conducting research in the areas of e-government, institutional and human resource development in the public sector, citizen engagement and development management, and knowledge management in government
Assisting during conferences and meetings
Assisting with information management and database population
Assisting in drafting and preparing official documents
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
The intern is expected to:
Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs.
Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or higher); or
If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.
Be computer literate in standard software applications.
Area of study must be in public administration, international policy, political science, development economics or related fields.
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. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of one of at least one of the following languages is an asset: Spanish, Chinese, French, Russian, Arabic, German, Italian, Dutch, Malay, Greek and/or Nepali.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
Graduate Degree Programme (What are you currently 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.
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.
Applicants should indicate the dates that they will be available to undertake their internship in their cover letter.
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.
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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