INTERN - HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS (Multiple), I (Temporary Job Opening) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
This job opening announcement broadcasts multiple internship opportunities with OCHA in New York. The intern, under the general guidance of a primary supervisor, shall be assigned within the Country-Based Pooled Funds section.
This internship shall be based in New York, United States of America, and the intern will be under the general guidance and direct supervision of Chief, Country-Based Pooled Funds section. The internship is being offered for a minimum period of three (3) months, with a possibility of extension up to a maximum period of six (6) months, beginning at a mutually agreed time.
Under the overall leadership of the Chief of Section, the intern will carry out the following duties:
- Prepares background information, talking points and key messages related to Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) for use in OCHA Senior Management briefing materials;
- Supports regular outreach and dialogue with key stakeholders including other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and prepare related background material.
- Prepares or contribute to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence related to request for information on OCHA ’ s policies related to Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs).
- Works in conjunction with the primary focal point on Partnerships and Governance on policy and partnerships issues related to CBPFs; keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
- Reviews and provides support to policy issues related to CBPFs and researches data and information required to validate statements.
- Participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other partners on humanitarian financing and emergency relief-related matters.
- Provides support to technical assistance and other field missions.
- Participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian financing related matters.
- Establishes a document repository for the section and generate a public library of relevant documents for the section, Fund Managers and external stakeholders.
- Supports maintenance of internal databases and updating of contact lists.
- Performs other duties as required.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box." Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Communication: 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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor ’ s level or equivalent); or
- Have graduated with a university degree
Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.
The University degree must be in the area of political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or in a related field.
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 official working languages of the United Nations secretariat. For this position, fluency (oral and written) in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Candidates will be assessed based on their Personal History Profile (PHP). Individual interviews may be conducted by the Hiring Manager directly for further consideration. 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);
- IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient;
- Explanation 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.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills and expertise. Applicants are asked to please indicate preferences which best match her/his suitability and do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both the intern and the receiving UN department.
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.
A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this advertisement, “ child ” means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member ’ s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). “ Sibling ” includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.
In line with the United Nations internship programme, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-(OCHA) internship provides a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations through assignment to offices within the Secretariat. The Programme endeavors to attract qualified students, offering them an opportunity to enrich their educational experience through exposure to the work of the Organization. Equally, it provides the Office with the assistance of students specialized in various professional fields. The internship is an unpaid and full-time opportunity, and the intern must adhere to the established official weekly working hours of the duty station where it is based with one hour for a lunch break. For more information on the Programme, please visit: https://www.un.org