Job Vacancies Office for Disarmament Affairs
Position Intern – Political Affairs – Disarmament
Department/ Office OFFICE FOR DISARMAMENT AFFAIRS
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Job Opening number 11-POL-OFFICE FOR DISARMAMENT AFFAIRS-20157-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) advises and assists the Secretary-General in the discharge of his responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations and the mandates given by the General Assembly, the Security Council and other organs of the United Nations system, in the area of disarmament and related security matters, including through analytical briefs and assessments, and represents him as required. The UNODA internship is for an initial period of two months and may be extended to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the department and the willingness of applicant. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a professional staff member in UNODA to whom they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Interns, under the supervision of a political affairs officer shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:
Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, summaries, talking points, speeches, remarks and web content
Document, media and internet research
Assistance during conferences and meetings
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
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations New York Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
Applicants must be enrolled 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 (Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
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 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
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 an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
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.
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, New York, NY, 10017, USA, E-mail: UNODAemail@example.com. Fax: +1-(212) 963-8995
For more information, please visit the careers portal website at https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx
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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