Job Vacancies Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Position: Intern – Public Information
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012
Organizational Setting and Reporting
The DPKO-DFS/ITS internship is for at least two months with an opportunity for extension. The total duration may be exceptionally extended to a maximum of six months pending on the needs of the department.
The position is located in the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (DPET), Integrated Training Services (ITS). The incumbent reports directly to the Information Management Officer under the overall supervision of the Team Leader.
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.
The intern will be responsible for:
1) Backstopping the on-line Community of Practice for Peacekeeping Training Institutes, UN trainers and external trainers.
2) Collect information and draft replies to queries on United Nations Peacekepeing Training and training materials from the trainers, general public and Peacekeeping Missions.
3) Assist with the updating and implementation of a training management system in peacekeeping missions.
4) Assist with research and data compilation as part of a comprehensive training needs assessment.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in a graduate school (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;
Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
Have demonstrated the 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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the program.
Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing;
- Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the program);
- List the IT skills and programs that you are proficient in;
- List your top three areas of interest/department preference;
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this internship;
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
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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