• Added Date: Thursday, 10 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 10 January 2020
  • Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • City: Geneve
  • Post Level: I-1
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    This post is in the Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA). The incumbent reports to the Director, Conference on Disarmament Secretariat and Conference Support Branch.

    The internship, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is UNPAID and full-time, working five days per week, under the supervision of a chief of unit in the department or office to which she/he is assigned.

    The initial duration of the internship is for 3 months and can be extended up to 6 months.


    Under the direct supervision of the Director and working closely with the team, the intern will be expected to:

    1) Plan, design, implement and manage ODA CDSCSB profile in the Unite Connections platform;
    2) Assist in record management in the Unite Docs platform;
    3) Prepare training materials and educate clients on related IT topics;
    4) Assist in other IT functions as necessary;
    5) Incorporate an integrated approach that includes a science and technology into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit;
    6) Participates in in developing, managing and delivering project, project-design, and
    7) Perform other duties as required.


    If accepted, interns will be expected to embody the following competencies:

    – Planning and Organization: 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.

    – 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; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

    – Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Shows willingness to learn new technology. Understands the importance of science and technology in a disarmament context.


    To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

    (a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or

    (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 (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D. or equivalent) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;

    (d) If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, they must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree;

    (e) Having graduated from or studying in the programme of information systems and communication technology, public information, communication, languages, social sciences or a related field is desirable;

    (f) Be computer literate in standard software applications, in particular related to social media; proficiency in HTML, CSS and/or Drupal is desirable;

    (g) Have a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

    (h) Have a demonstrated ability to interact successfully with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

    Work Experience

    Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of French is an asset. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


    Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

    Special Notice

    A completed 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 (when will you be graduating from the programme)

    – IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in

    – Your top three areas of interest/department preference

    – An explanation of why you are the best candidate for the specific department(s)

    – An explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

    In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

    United Nations Considerations

    According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee


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