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United Nations Jobs: Intern Human Ressources [Temporary]

  • Posting Title: Intern Human Ressources (Temporary Job Opening)
  • Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Posting Period: 01 November 2019 – 29 April 2020
  • Job Opening Number: 19-Human Resources-OCHA-125988-J-Geneva (A)

The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the UN Secretariat department responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. OCHA also ensures that there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

The Staff Welfare unit provides psychological support to staff and their relatives as well as offers psycho-social support in critical incidents response and referrals to relevant stakeholders.

This internship will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the intern will be under the general guidance and direct supervision of the Staff Welfare Officer / Staff Counsellor.

This internship will be located in Staff Welfare Unit (SWU), Human Resources Section (HRS) of the Executive Office (EO). The internship is being offered for a minimum period of three (3) months, with a possibility of extension up to a maximum period of six (6) months.

Responsibilities

In general, the intern will support OCHA in fulfilling its mission to coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors, advocate the rights of people in need, promote preparedness and prevention, and facilitate sustainable solutions.

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, and duties may include but are not limited to supporting the Staff Welfare Officer / Staff Counsellor in research, analysis and presentation of information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics / issues; contributing to the preparation of various written documents, e.g. assisting in the drafting of sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, etc.; developing and maintaining reference / resource information on specific topics or policy-related issues; contributing to inputs of various inquiries and information requests internally and externally; assisting in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. with other agencies and partners to facilitate exchanges of professional expertise and views on related subjects / issues, serving as reporter to such events; and performing tasks as requested by the supervisor as appropriate.

Competencies

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 on-going 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.

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

TEAMWORK: 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.

Education

To qualify for an internship with the UN Internship programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

– Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (e.g. second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
– Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (e.g. minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); and
– Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must 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 period of graduation date shall not be accepted. The University degree must be in the area of adult education, social science, psychology and/ or counselling or in a related field.

Work Experience

Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. Are you a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have you completed a degree and are able to commence an internship within a year of graduation?
Will you be able to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?

Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?
Applicants are not required to have professional working experience for participation in the Programme though any academic and/or practical experience in adult education, social science, psychology and/ or welfare issues is desirable. Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, 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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Candidates will be assessed based on their Personal History Profile (PHP). Individual interviews may be conducted by the Hiring Manager directly for further consideration. A complete online application (e.g. cover note and PHP) 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 IT software in which you are proficient;
– Statement of why you believe you are the best candidate for the internship position.

In your PHP, be sure to include all past work experience, if any; IT skills and three (3) references. Due to high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills and expertise. Applicants are asked to please indicate preferences which best match her/his suitability and do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both the intern and the receiving United Nations (UN) Secretariat department/ office.

A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the UN Secretariat. 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 advertisement, “child” means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (e.g. stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member’s spouse (e.g. son- or daughter-in-law). “Sibling” includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.

In line with the UN Internship programme, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-(OCHA) internship provides a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the UN through assignment to offices within the Secretariat. The Programme endeavours to attract qualified students, offering them an opportunity to enrich their educational experience through exposure to the work of the Organization. Equally, it provides the Office with the assistance of students specialized in various professional fields. The internship is an unpaid and full-time opportunity and the intern must adhere to the established official weekly working hours of the duty station where it is based with one hour for a lunch break. Qualified individuals may apply directly to this and other opportunities with the UN Secretariat at https://careers.un.org. For more information on the Programme, please visit https://www.unog.ch

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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