UNCTAD INTERNSHIP - CIVIL SOCIETY OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS, I
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
19 December 2013-18 January 2014
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This profile is for the sole purpose of the Internship Programme of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. There should be no expectation of employment within the UN after an internship. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above carrying international recruitment status in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. UN interns must have a valid visa.
The Internship Programme is unpaid and full-time, i.e. an intern is expected to work five days per week. The period of this internship is from 13 January to 13 June 2014. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Civil Society Unit of the Communications, Information and Outreach Section, the intern will undertake the following assignments:
Assist the team in the preparations and organization of the UNCTAD Public Symposium, June 2014;
Assist CSO team in the civil society registration process, prepare drafts for communication with civil society organizations;
Assist in finalizing lists of participants;
Provide support for the team's outreach efforts to civil society;
Support the team in the organization of meetings with civil society organizations and prepare notes for the file.
More generally, interns shall:
- Observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 4 of the UN Internship Programme Administrative Instructions ST/AI/2000/9 & ST/AI/2005/11;
- Provide the receiving departments/offices with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. The UN shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to, or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of the UN, the interns shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the UN in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law.
- Respect the impartiality and independence required of the UN and of the receiving department/office and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UN;
- Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the receiving department/office, they may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with the UN or the receiving department/office, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with the UN; and
- Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the UN or on the receiving department/office and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the UN
- 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 TEAMWORK:
- 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
time, -Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated
- 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 the UNCTAD Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) both at the time of application and during the internship; or
- Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree. Undergraduates (for instance, students pursuing a Bachelor's degree) are not eligible to apply.
For this internship enrollment in a Master Degree programme in Economics, International Relations, Political Science or Journalism and Communications is required. The candidate also needs to have a keen interest in sustainable, social and economic development issues; knowledge of the functioning of the UN system, including work with NGOs; experience using social media in a professional context; Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills; Knowledge of computer database programmes; Problem solving and organizational skills.
No work experience is required for Internships.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in spoken and written English and/or French is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. In addition to English and French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish are also official languages of the UN.
Candidates will be assessed based on their Personel History Profiles (PHP). Individual interviews may be conducted for futher assessment. A complete 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 programme);
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
- Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship position.
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, if any; IT skills and three (3) references.
Due to high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.