INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening) Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Org. Setting and Reporting
The internship with the Inter-organizational and Inter-institutional Support Branch (IISB) of the Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development (OISC) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) is for two months, with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the Department.
The internship is UNPAID and full time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in IISB to which they are assigned.
The Inter-organizational and Inter-institutional Support Branch (IISB) of the Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development (OISC) of UNDESA:
- Supports the Economic and Social Council's oversight and coordination role over the work of its subsidiary bodies, in particular its functional commissions
- Engages the United Nations Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies in the work of the Economic and Social Council, in particular in the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the Integration Segment
- Engages civil society, including non-governmental organizations, youth, foundations and the private sector in the work of the Council, in particular the Youth Forum
- Organizes special ECOSOC meetings on emergencies and emerging issues
- Promotes the mainstreaming of peacebuilding issues in the work of the Council to strengthen the nexus between peace and development
- Undertakes communication and outreach activities to raise the profile of ECOSOC
For more information about the Office, please visit, https://bit.ly/3uwwKVf
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Undertaking research on key issues for the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC);
- Assisting in the substantive and organizational preparations of the annual ECOSOC Youth Forum, the ECOSOC Integration Segment and the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF);
- Organization of panel discussions, roundtables, briefings for the membership of ECOSOC;
- Following the work of the ECOSOC Functional Commissions to identify key issues and trends;
- Following inter-governmental meetings of ECOSOC and the General Assembly, other relevant meetings, briefings, etc., on various economic and social issues, in particular the 2030 Agenda, and preparing summaries of their outcomes;
- Following and reporting on Member States' negotiations on draft resolutions;
- Undertaking preliminary research for the update of the repertory of practice, as it related to Articles pertinent to the work of the Economic and Social Council;
- Assisting in the Branch's work on peacebuilding and with regard to countries emerging from conflict, as well as on the Ad Hoc Advisory group on Haiti;
- Assisting in the Branch's work on communication (maintenance of ECOSOC and HLPF websites; social media; video production; media alert/press release; and news article);
- Providing input to speeches, background notes, briefs and presentations.
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
-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
The intern is expected to:
- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
-Applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second 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);
-Applicants who have graduated (as defined in (a) or (b) above), if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
-Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.
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 Programme.
Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the Untied 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:
- Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
- Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate 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.
G-4 VISAS FOR INTERNS:
All interns assigned to a UN Organization, including Funds and Programmes, at a United States based duty station, who are not United States citizens or United States legal permanent residents (LPR) will be required to obtain G-4 visas prior to travelling to the United States.
Prospective interns who are already in the United States in another nonimmigrant status may need to apply for a change of status to G-4 prior to joining the United Nations for an internship. It should be emphasized that prospective interns are responsible for ensuring that they have an appropriate valid visa and employment authorization allowing them to undertake the internship.
If the applicant is in F-1 status and has a valid EAD, they may undertake an internship within the scope of their F-1 visa without seeking a change of visa status. Please note, however, that interns in F-1 status who wish to undertake an internship following completion of their academic programme as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) ‘may’ need to seek a change of visa status to G-4 (This process currently takes about 8-10 weeks) or obtain G-4 visa overseas.
To qualify for G-4 nonimmigrant status, interns must be serving essentially full-time, i.e. 35 + hours per week.
REMOTE INTERNSHIP (COVID-19):
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.