The Section on Countries in Special Situations, comprising least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, is based in the Office of the Executive secretary and coordinates the work of relevant ESCAP divisions to support these countries as well as coordinating the annual Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership Report and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. With a focus on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the need to improve the capacity of policymakers in the region to development implementation strategies in an integrated manner.
The Section on Countries in Special Situations internship is for 6 months.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the division or office to which they are assigned.
To support research and compilation of the SDG Partnership Report and coordination of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. related to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background and the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period. The intern will be working within a dynamic team and depending on the intern's background experience, education, skills and interests, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Assist in background and preliminary research for the Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership report with a particular focus on SDGs 4, 5, 14, and 15.
- Provide logistical support to meetings and events being organized by the section, specifically preparatory meetings for the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development
- Assist in the development and delivery of training and learning events and other capacity development initiatives
- Collect images, sound bites, quotes and other media products for inclusion in the section 's advocacy work;
- Support development and analysis of a regional survey on implementation of SDGs 4, 5, 14, and 15
- Provide support in updating the related website with relevant material; and
- Support the team in their day-to-day activities and tasks.
and other duties, 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
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. 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.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.