INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening) U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Environment and Development Division, Sustainable Urban Development Section internship is for 2 months with an opportunity for extension up to 6 months, if required by the division.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
The Sustainable Urban Development Section works with member States and key stakeholders to promote sustainable and inclusive urban development in Asia and the Pacific through a programme of work focused on: (i) developing and disseminating knowledge products that foster enhanced awareness and informed decision-making; (ii) providing technical assistance and supporting capacity development; (iii) strengthening intergovernmental processes; and (iv) networking and partnership development, among others.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual ’ s background and the intern ’ s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
1. Provide succinct analysis of current and emerging issues and trends of urban development processes in the Asia-Pacific region (30%)
2. Conduct research and identify case studies on urban policies and programmes and their impact on inclusive, sustainable and resilient development in the Asia-Pacific region (30%)
3. Assist with various tasks linked to organizational and substantive dimensions of programme and project implementation (20%)
4. If applicable, provide support to organize and conduct meetings relevant to the work of the section, including the drafting of documents, preparation for and backstopping of Intergovernmental meetings, and follow-up activities (10%)
5. Participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the Section, such as servicing requests for information, support for developing presentations, updating of web pages on the section ’ s work etc (10%)
Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘ clients ’ and seeks to see things from clients ’ point of view
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
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);
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 (first university degree, or second university degree or equivalent, or higher) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
REMOTE INTERNSHIPS (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. ”
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
- List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List of top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explanation why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s)
- Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.
Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant ’ s profile, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Division. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, Division are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.