This internship opportunity is located in the Strategic Planning and Policy Service (SPPS) within UNDSS. Besides serving as a secretariat for the Inter-Agency Security Management Network, the role of SPPS is to coordinate the development and promulgation of common United Nations Security Management System policies and to support senior management on key substantive issues related to strategic planning of the Department. SPPS contributes to the UNDSS' efforts to enable the implementation of United Nations mandate while ensuring safety and security of United Nations personnel.
The internship is for a period of two to six months depending on the needs of the Department. The internship is UNPAID and full- time. Interns work five days (35 hours) per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
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.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of Programme Management Officer, the intern will work in close collaboration with the Strategic Planning Team, ensuring timely support in carrying out normative work of the Team which includes the department's gender equality strategy, disability inclusion strategy, other diversity and inclusion themes as well as other cross-cutting areas of programme management, research and analysis.
The intern is expected to undertake the following duties:
- Provide support by reviewing available documents and carrying out research to contribute to the development and implementation of the department's gender, diversity and inclusion strategies and action plans.
- Gather and analyze data from different sources and assist with identification and analysis of trends and patterns in data.
- Contribute to translating data results and visual representations on subject matter related to gender, diversity and inclusion.
- Assist in editing and revision of reports, briefs, and other documents as needed.
- Assist and contribute ideas to discussions on communication campaigns related to gender, diversity and inclusion.
- Suggest and monitor content for SharePoint pages on gender, diversity and inclusion.
- Assist in drafting correspondence, talking points, reports and presentations
- Attend meetings and prepare and disseminate notes, summaries or reports in a timely manner
- Coordinate meetings and organize inputs from diverse sources within the Department.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
-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
Planning and Organizing:
- Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.
- Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.
- Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.
- Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.
- Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
- Uses time efficiently.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- The applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (secondary university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent)
- 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 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.
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. For the internship advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in French is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an interview. Please note that due to large number of applicants, departments are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
The Cover Note must include the following:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
- Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
- IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- 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.