Job Vacancies Department of Political Affairs
Position: Political Affairs Internships
Department/ Office Department of Political Affairs
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Job Opening number 12-POL-DPA-23176-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Department of Political Affairs internships are for two months with an opportunity for an extension, depending on the needs of the Department. These positions are located in the following offices of the Department of Political Affairs: Americas, Europe, Asia and Pacific , Middle East and West Asia, Africa I and II, Counter-Terrorism, Palestinian Rights, Electoral Assistance, Security Council, Policy and Mediation, Decolonization, Office of the Under-Secretary-General and Offices of Assistant Secretary-General . In your cover letter, please indicate your preference for any TWO offices where you would like to be placed and, if possible, taking the needs of the Department, every effort will be made to accommodate your choice.
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 to which they are assigned.
Under the overall supervision of a Team Leader or internship supervisor, the Intern will
- Familiarize herself/himself with the United Nations mandate in maintaining international peace and security, as well as with the preventive and peacemaking work of the Department, Division and the Team (s)he is assigned to
- Provide necessary support to other members of the Team and the Division
- Monitor relevant political developments in the assigned country, region or issue
- Collate and analyze information related to peace and security issues in the assigned country or region
- Using her/his drafting skills, prepare background papers on various political issues and undertake research projects as required
- Assist in drafting talking points, meeting notes and other documents as required
- Undertake other assignments as required.
- 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
High school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme 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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Internship Programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, 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 you will be graduating from the programme)
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List your top two areas of interest in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA)
- Explain why you are the best candidate for DPA
- 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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