INTERN – POLITICAL AFFAIRS [Temporary] 351 views


  • Added Date: Tuesday, 11 December 2018
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
  • Organization: UN United Nations Office at Geneva
  • City: Geneve
  • Post Level: I-1
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    The internship at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva Branch is for at least two months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department.

    Successful applicants could work in one or more of several different areas which fall under the Branch’s activities: the Conference on Disarmament, the Anti-Personnel Landmine Convention (APLC), the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). In addition, the Branch supports a large number of disarmament-related conferences.

    The internship is UNPAID and full-time. The internship duration cannot exceed six months.

    Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


    The intern will:
    1- Provide assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, press releases and statements;
    2- Provide assistance in maintaining records and datasets;
    3- Attend and summarize conferences and meetings;
    4- Conduct research, including document, legal and internet searches;
    5- Provide assistance during conferences;
    6- Work on web presentations and social media presence;
    7- Fulfil other duties as required.


    – 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.

    Planning & 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.


    To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
    – Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, much commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic programme.
    Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.
    – Be computer literate in standard software applications;
    – Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, especially in the field disarmament and non-proliferation, 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 includes willingness to understand and 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. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset.

    Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the Official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.



    Special Notice

    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/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
    – IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
    – Top three areas of interest.
    – Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
    – Explain 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.

    Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

    A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this instruction, “child” means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member’s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). “Sibling” includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.

    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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