Job Vacancies Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Position: Intern – Training & Fellowships- Cdo-desa
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Thursday, 30 August 2012
Organizational Setting and Reporting
The Capacity Development Office (CDO) of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is recruiting an intern to assist the Training and Fellowship section in the follow up process of the 19th Meeting of Senior Fellowships Officers and National Placement and Supervising Agencies.
The CDO is seeking highly motivated graduate students who wish to gain professional experience in development cooperation work within an international organization in order to supplement their studies. This internship is a practical educational experience and will provide interns the opportunity to work in a multicultural, intergovernmental organization. Under supervision, interns are assigned projects and tasks that are relevant to their educational background and interests and provide them with the opportunity to apply and further develop their theoretical knowledge.
The duration of the internship is between a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 6 months (beginning the month of October 2012)
UN internships are not paid. Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring institution.
Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any position in the professional or above categories, within the UN Secretariat for a period of six 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.
Internship positions are full-time, 5 days a week (35 hours per week).
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Drafting and editing of official documentation of the 19th Senior Fellowships Officers Meeting
- Transcription of audio recordings of the Meeting
- Support in liaising with UN departments, Funds and Agencies, National Placement and Supervising Agencies.
- Enhance, update and maintain the Fellowships website of UN/DESA
- Document and internet research;
- Other responsibilities as required.
- Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
- Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
- Client Orientation: 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.
- Have good written communication, drafting and editing skills.
- Experience in transcribing audio recordings is an asset.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations New York Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate school program (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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the program. However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their personal history profile.
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 another UN official language is an advantage. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Applications will be reviewed against the above profile. Applicants that are found to be a good match will be contacted directly by the Department. Please note that, due to the large number of applicants, the Department is not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration
Create and complete a personal history profile in the UN e-Recruitment system (careers.un.org). Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Applicants will also need to include a cover note on their PHP which should state the following:
(1) Title of the degree currently being pursued by the applicant and the specific subjects taken;
(2) Expected graduation date from the degree program that the applicant is enrolled
(3) A list of IT skills and programs that the applicant is proficient in;
(4) The top three areas of interest to the applicant;
(5) The applicant’s objectives for undertaking an internship with DESA and how the internship fits within the applicant’s education/career plan;
(6) An explanation why the applicant is a suitable candidate for the position;
(7) The applicant’s availability for the internship from October 2012 to March 2013.
In your online Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences 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.
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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