INTERN - SOCIAL SCIENCES, I (Temporary Job Opening) Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Org. Setting and Reporting
This internship is located within the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA - unescwa.org) Cluster on ‘Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development’ which focuses on gender equality and gender justice; equitable, inclusive and participatory social development; poverty and unemployment reduction; and migration issues.
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. The internship certificate is awarded on the recommendation of the supervisor.
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. 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. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
For the 2021 work plan, the UN-ESCWA Cluster on "Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development" is seeking to recruit in-house full-time interns to provide support to the cluster team in the implementation and carrying out of its various activities and programmes.
Interns are expected to assist in the following areas:
1 - Provide substantive research support on subjects related to the work of the cluster: this includes reviewing existing literature; assisting in crystallizing research questions and conducting desk research.
2 - Assist in the preparation and review of written outputs published by ESCWA e.g. background papers, technical papers, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
3 - Draft inputs to presentations and research papers.
4 - Assist in the organization of expert group meetings, conferences or workshops related to the work of the cluster.
5 - Prepare minutes of meetings.
6 - Perform other duties, as requested.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the internship programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of Arabic and French is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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.