INTERN - INFORMATION SYSTEMS & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY, I (Temporary Job Opening)U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP ’ s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy-oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
The United Nations Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) is a regional institute under ESCAP. The objectives of the Centre are to enhance technical cooperation among the members and associate members of ESCAP as well as other interested States Members of the United Nations, through extensive exchange of information and sharing of social-economically and environmentally viable machinery and technology, and to promote research and development and extension of agricultural engineering, including machinery and rural industry for agricultural productivity gains and poverty reduction in the region.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. The minimum duration of an internship is two months and can be extended up to a total period of six months. 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.
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:
- Provide support for computer information systems, website and applications;
- Install computer application systems software and hardware;
- Perform troubleshooting for various applications;
- Assistance during conferences;
- Compiling statistics;
- Administrative support
-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
-Keeps abreast of available technology
-Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
-Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
-Shows willingness to learn new technology
Applicants 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).
- 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. Fluency in English is required for the internship. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
Applicants are encouraged to clearly indicate their areas of interests and highlight their specific skills and/or experience in their cover note. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving UN department.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager 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. To complete an online application, please create and complete a personal history profile (PHP) and a cover letter in the UN e-Recruitment system (careers.un.org).
Please ensure that you indicate your proficiency in the English language in your PHP.
Please note that incomplete applications with not be reviewed.
The cover note should include:
(1) Title of the degree currently being pursued by the applicant and the specific subjects taken;
(2) Expected graduation date from the degree programme that the applicant is enrolled in;
(3) List the IT skills and software programmes that you are proficient in;
(4) Explain how an internship with the Office of Information and Communications Technology in the United Nations fits within your career plans and why you would be the best candidate for this team.
Please note that due to high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), education, skills, languages and three references