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United Nations Jobs: Intern – Public Information [Temporary]

Job Code Title: Intern – Public Information

Department/Office: Office for Disarmament Affairs

Duty Station: New York, United States

Posting Period: 29 October 2019 – 30 July 2020

Job Opening Number: 19-Public Information-ODA-125920-J-New York (A)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is seeking suitably qualified interns for the Winter/Spring of 2020, with a projected start date of 08 January 2020 up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of UNODA and the willingness of applicant.

UNODA provides substantive and organizational support to various United Nations bodies in the area of disarmament.

The Office is mandated to provide objective, impartial and up-to-date information on disarmament issues and activities to Member States, States parties to multilateral agreements, intergovernmental organizations and institutions, departments and agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, especially non-governmental organizations, the media and the general public.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a professional staff member in UNODA to whom they are assigned. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Information and Outreach Branch.

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

Responsibilities

– Review multiple news platforms for the creation of an integrated disarmament news summary to be shared with senior managers and others.
– Assist the Office with strategic communication and public outreach;
– Assist in developing media products for web and social networking platforms;
– Assist in developing content management and development of disarmament stories and information to increase awareness and understanding of the issues by key audiences through information posted on the Office’s website and through social media channels;
– Assist with drafting and editing publications (e.g. fact sheets, brochures, newsletters and donor-related updates) for internal and external sources;
-Design and produce presentations and supporting materials to increase ODA’s visibility and outreach;
– Proactively contribute suggestions and ideas for design projects that will add value to the work of the Office;
– Perform any other duties as requested by the supervisor.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes, e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting.
Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources.
Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style.
Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•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.

•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.

Education

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: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter. Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individual 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 Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

The Cover Note must include:
– Name of university and title of degree you are currently pursuing
– Graduation date (when you expect to graduate from the programme)
– A listing of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
– An explanation why you are the best candidate for an internship with the Office.
– An explanation of your interest in the work of UNODA.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SPECIFY ALL THE LANGUAGES SKILLS YOU POSSESS, INCLUDING YOUR MOTHER TONGUE. FOR THIS POST, FLUENCY IN ENGLISH IS REQUIRED.
(“Fluent” is the highest level of language proficiency, according to UN standards).

Applicants must attach to their application documentary evidence of continuing matriculation to a university degree programme in a graduate/post-graduate school during the planned period of internship with UNODA (i.e. an official letter of confirmation from a university).

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.

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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