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Human Resources Intern

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UNOPS hiring: Human Resources Intern

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Background Information – IPAS

Based in UNOPS Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, the UNOPS Integrated Practice Advice and Support (IPAS) unit provides strategic project implementation advice and operational support services to field offices under the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR), Asia Regional Office (AR), Middle East Regional Office (MR), Africa Regional Office (AFR), the Peace and Security Cluster, and UNOPS HQ units for HR and Legal support.

IPAS provides support in the areas of Procurement, Legal, Finance, Human Resources and Admin. By collecting and analyzing information on interactions with several offices, IPAS creates training plans and makes recommendations for more efficient project implementation processes.

Background Information – Job-specific

IPAS HR is a team of 11 colleagues (and 11 different nationalities) offering a 6 months full-time and hands-on paid internship. The Human Resources Intern is responsible for providing support in the area of recruitment & HR advisory services, and will be involved in both operational and strategic work. The HR intern will be entrusted with projects that s/he will be able to manage independently and will get a privileged exposure to global HR operations in a UN organization.

The HR intern works under the guidance of the IPAS HR Business Partner and in close collaboration with all team members within the IPAS HR team to support their work and ensure consistent service delivery.
We are looking for candidates from all around the world who are passionate about HR and able to relocate to Copenhagen (Denmark) to join our team. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE AIM TO HAVE THE RECOMMENDED CANDIDATE IN PLACE BY JUNE 2020.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Recruitment
  • Project support
  • Knowledge building and knowledge sharing

1. Provides support to recruitment, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Support to outreach efforts
  • Assistance in longlisting and shortlisting
  • Assistance with the administration of written assessments
  • Administrative and logistical support to general recruitment processes
  • Participation in interview panels and minutes taking

2. Ensures efficient project support to IPAS HR Team, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Research on competency-based interview questions
  • Enhancement of an existing library of CBI questions
  • Enhancement of existing templates used to communicate with candidates
  • Update of the IPAS HR intranet page
  • Contribution to other research projects

3. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing and contribution to product/process efficiency, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Contributions to knowledge management projects;
  • Provide suggestions for policy improvements;
  • Support process efficiency initiatives;
  • Provide input to the development and maintenance of corporate systems and tools.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


A first level University Degree in HR, Psychology, Communications, Business, Industrial Engineering (for countries where this degree applies) or related careers.


Experience in an international environment, in HR, Communications and Change Management would be a strong asset.

Excellent English writing skills are required (native speaker preferred).

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages and experience in handling of web-based systems is required.
Experience with data analysis and project implementation would be a strong asset.


Fluency in written and oral English required (at native speaker level).  Knowledge of second UN working language highly desirable.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Application deadline: 2020-04-12

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