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Intern – Human Resources (Communications)

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United Nations Internship: Human Resources (Communications) [Temporary]

  • Posting Title: Human Resources (Communications), I (Temporary Job Opening)
  • Department/Office: Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Office of Human Resources
  • Duty Station: New York, United States
  • Posting Period: 11 November 2019 – 08 May 2020
  • Job Opening Number: 19-Human Resources-DMSPC OHR-126611-J-New York (A)

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 internship position is located in the Staffing, Diversity, and Outreach Section within the Office of Human Resources (OHR) of Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The Staffing Diversity and Outreach Section plays a vital role in bringing staff of high caliber into the Organization. It develops strategies and initiatives aimed at building a diverse workforce across the Organization and coordinates Organization-wide efforts to increase geographical and regional diversity across all departments, offices and missions. It supports the Secretary-General’s system-wide strategy on gender parity and promotes access to opportunities by persons with disabilities by undertaking targeted outreach campaigns to draw upon the broadest pool of candidates for Secretariat positions. The integration of social media platforms, including social networking tools—such as Facebook, Twitter, Weibo and WeChat—forms a critical component of the section’s communications strategies.

 

The UN offers an exciting diverse and inclusive workplace. This internship provides a unique opportunity to work with colleagues of diverse background to solve a variety of problems. We are seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join the Organization. If you are selected, you will join a global intern cohort and make a real impact by working on challenging and rewarding projects

 

The OHR internship is for three months with an opportunity for extension to no longer than six months, depending on the needs of the department.

 

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office where they are assigned.

Responsibilities

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is seeking a passionate young person who is an innovative doer and thinker and interested in making a difference for a better world.

Within delegated authority, the HR/Communications intern may be responsible for one or more areas of the following duties:

Human Resources

  • Assists with planning and organization of conferences and other outreach activities
  • Participates in planning and implementing special events organized by the Outreach unit (information sessions, career development forums, university visits, etc.) as necessary.
  • Provides logistic support for the organization of public events, guided tours and briefings
  • Conducts internet research on thematic issues
  • Coordinates with special guests and VIPs
  • Oversees RSVP lists and volunteers
  • Maintains databases
  • Assists with development and implementation of surveys
  • Provides general office support (processing, drafting and finalizing correspondence and other communications; setting up and maintaining files/records, organizing meetings, etc.)
  • Takes on other special projects as assigned.

Public Information/Communications

  • Drafts and schedules content for the UN Careers social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, etc.
  • Identifies, researches, drafts and edits content (text, photos, documents and multimedia) for online publication (website and social media)
  • Manages engagement with the UN Careers audience on Facebook; monitors and reports risks to supervisor.
  • Accompanies Outreach unit team members and supervisor to meetings.
  • Assists with live coverage at global events that take place in New York (Facebook Live, etc.).
  • Assists with data visualization through graphs and maps.
  • Assists with drafting reports based on quantitative research and analysis.
  • Takes on other special projects as assigned.

Graphic Design

  • Designs layout for the UN Careers social media channels.
  • Helps to develop creative strategy.
  • Creates graphically engaging presentations and materials.
  • Presents visual concepts and ideas in a compelling and attractive manner.
  • Participates in organizing and setting up for special events organized by the Talent Outreach unit (information sessions, career development forums, university visits, etc.) as necessary.
  • Assists with data visualization through graphs and maps.
  • Designs posters for outreach activities.
  • Edits images and videos for outreach activities.
  • Takes on other special projects as assigned.

Video production

  • Coordinates video production and distribution of stories
  • Produces and edit video stories about human resources and management
  • Proposes TV/video stories about staff members and management
  • Produces and arranges video interviews with UN officials, specialists, etc.; selecting sound bites and visual elements
  • Researches, writes and edits scripts, storyboards and story synopses
  • Edits images and videos for in-reach and outreach activities
  • Takes on other special projects as assigned.

Data Analysis

  • Assists in designing, planning and carrying out data collection for multiple projects (evaluation of the talent outreach programme and the social media content, applications review, diversity in the UN…).
  • Assists in liaison with different UN Departments, agencies or member states.
  • Carries out statistical analyses with the most common packages (SPSS, STATA, R), using a variety of methods to analyze a wide array of variables. 
  • Prepares a statistical overview reports based on the results of the analyses.
  • Takes on other special projects as assigned.

On 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.

Competencies

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Applicants at the time of application must meet one of the following requirements:
  2. a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  3. b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) in journalism, communications, media studies, filmmaking, international relations, human resources or related field (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  4. c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in a and b above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  5. d) If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree in journalism, communications, media studies, filmmaking, international relations, human resources or related field (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  6. Be computer literate in standard word processing and software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar; Be proficient in standard office automation equipment scanner, printer, etc.).
  7. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter.
  8. 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.

Work Experience

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

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position fluency in English is required, knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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)
  • Mention of the areas of work you would like to be involved it.
  • 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.

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 non-immigrant 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.

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.

 

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

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.

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