Org. Setting and Reporting
The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems. Our 40,000 staff work to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights. To be effective in solving the world’s problems, the United nations needs a diverse workforce contributing to these solutions. The Office of Human Resources fosters a dynamic, adaptable, mobile workforce, with the highest level of competence and integrity, to effectively and efficiently serve the mandates of the Organization.
The Communications Intern position is located in the Secretariat of the Central Review Bodies (CRB) within the Office of Human Resources (OHR) of the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) of the United Nations in New York. The CRB plays a vital role in the recruitment process of the Organization and is seeking a passionate young person who is an innovative doer and thinker and interested in gaining professional and hands-on experience with a human resources innovation and improvement project, and in joining a very dynamic and international office which is mandated to provide human resources services across the global UN Secretariat.
The internship is for a minimum of three months with a possibility for extension to no longer than six months, depending on the needs of the department.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work up to five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office where they are assigned.
Within delegated authority, the Communications Intern may be responsible for the following duties:
• Draft communications related to the innovation and improvement project o the Central Review bodies.
• Assist in reviewing and analyzing the CRB process across various duty stations in order to design a global CRB review process and reporting tools.
• Contribute to the design of an online training module and content for CR body members.
• Monitor and analyze statistics and surveys related to the work of the CRB.
• Research, compile, draft and edit basic information for use in the preparation and production of communications materials, often under tight deadlines.
• Assist in the implementation of various HR initiatives and related work.
• Assist with drafting reports based on quantitative research and analysis.
• Take on other special projects as assigned.
Upon completion of the internship, the successful candidate will have gained:
• An excellent understanding of the UN Secretariat, its structure and its ongoing human resources management reform;
• Valuable experience in human resources;
• Knowledge of the challenges of human resources management in a multicultural environment and in an inter-governmental organization;
• An understanding of staff selection processes, especially recruitment and outreach strategies;
• Drafting and writing skills for public information and communications in an international context;
• Extensive exposure to managers and staff members of the UN Secretariat and the UN System.
• Shows pride in work and in achievements.
• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
• Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
• Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
• Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
• Remains calm in stressful situations.
• Self-starter that can complete assignments with minimal guidance.
• 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.
• 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 technologies.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
1) At the time of the application
• Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
• Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
2) Be computer literate in standard software applications;
3) Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
4) 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.
Experience in communications is desirable.
Experience with graphic design tools (Adobe Photoshop, Articulate 360, Illustrator or any other graphic design programme) is desirable.
Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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.
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. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.
A completed online application (Cover Letter and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Letter must include:
• Title of degree you are currently pursuing
• Graduation date (when you will be graduating from the programme)
• Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
• Experience in conducting data analysis, including visualizing and validating data and social media
• Explanation of why you think you are the best candidate for this role
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, data analysis experience and software used, and three references.
Due to the 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.