Org. Setting and Reporting
The internship is with the Human Security Unit. For more information and case-studies on the Human Security Approach.
Please consult: http://www.un.org/humansecurity/
The internship with the Human Security Unit, located in New York, is for a duration of three months.
Depending on the needs of the unit and upon satisfactory performance of the intern, there is a possibility for extension for another three months. The total duration of the entire internship period is six months at maximum. Under no circumstances will there be extension beyond six months. The internship is UNPAID and full time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the unit to which they are assigned.
Within delegated authority the Finance and Budget Intern will be responsible for the following:
- Research, compile, draft, and edit information for use in the preparation of financial agreements and finance statements;
- Support the HSU finance team in gathering and compiling information and financial data from expenditure reports and present them using the Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio);
- Assist in preliminary analyses of the extracted information from UN ERP system (Umoja) and HSU tracking sheets, and highlights areas of concern;
- Update and maintain programme tracking sheet;
- File and archive documentation in hard and digital copies as required in Sharepoint;
- Assist with the creation and organization of data in Microsoft Excel for the purpose of producing clear and concise reports for Donors;
- Draft routine correspondence with respect to enquiries related to relevant financial budget matters as may be assigned;
- Provide administrative support to the Chief of Unit and/or Financial Officers and Assistants as required;
- Perform any other related duties, as may be assigned.
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.
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.
Client orientation: 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.
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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- 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 (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
- 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 position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of an additional official UN language is desirable.
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly and may be required to submit for a written test and/or telephone interview.
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 most suitable candidate for this specific internship;
* Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme (How will this internship support your educational/professional goals and objectives?).
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, language and IT-skills, and three references. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, we are unfortunately not in a position to reply or give feedback to each application.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.