INTERN - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, I (Temporary Job Opening) Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Org. Setting and Reporting
The duration of an ESCWA internship is normally two months on a full-time basis - this may be exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months.
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. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from injury, illness or death that may occur during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage to cover the full period of the internship at the duty station and provide a medical certificate of good health prior to the commencement of the internship. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.
This internship is located within within the Cluster of Statistics, Information Society, and Technology of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The intern reports directly to the assigned Focal Point for this cluster. H/She works five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the mentioned FP. The internship certificate is awarded on the recommendation of the supervisor.
Responsibilities of the internship position encompass all aspects of the work of technology for development, namely Technology and Innovation, Knowledge Society, Knowledge-based Economies, Innovation for Development, Digital Technologies Policies, Technology and Innovation Indicators.
The intern will be responsible for the following:
1 - Conducting research on issues relating to a range of topics, such as the Information Society, Technology for Sustainable Development, Innovation for Sustainable Development, Science Technology & Innovation (STI), Digital Technologies Policies, Technology and Innovation Indicators, Internet Governance, Knowledge-based Economies and other technology for development general areas of work
2 - Drafting relevant content for posting on the website and social media channels of the Commission, as well as performing relevant quality control
3 - Attending and taking notes at expert group meetings and workshops
4 - Attending team meetings
5 - Performing other duties, as assigned.
Professionalism – Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.
Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviors; Acts without consideration of personal gain; Resists undue political pressure in decision-making; Does not abuse power or authority; Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.
Technological Awareness – 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 a new technology.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
1. Applicants must:
(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;
2. Applicants must:
(a) be computer literate in standard software applications;
(b) have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter; and
(c) 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.
Beside the mandatory Personal History Profile, a completed online application must also include a Cover Note mentioning the following:
- Degree Programme (what are you currently studying?);
- Graduation Date (when will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?);
- List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
- List of your top three areas of interest;
- Explanation of why you are the best candidate for this specific internship;
- Explanation of 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.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.