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Intern – Social Sciences

  • Internship
  • Temporary
  • Suva, Fiji

Website United Nations

United Nations Jobs: Intern – Social Sciences[Temporary]

  • Posting Title: Intern – Social Sciences, I (Temporary Job Opening)
  • Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Duty Station: Suva, Fiji
  • Posting Period: 01 November 2019 – 31 March 2020
  • Job Opening Number: 19-Social Affairs-ESCAP-126099-J-Suva (O)

This internship is located in the ESCAP Subregional Office for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji. The Office promotes regional cooperation and knowledge sharing, provides technical assistance and advisory services on economic and social policies and conduct researches on issues relevant to Pacific island developing States members.

Possible areas of work include women’s economic empowerment, climate change and human mobility, urban development, social protection, disability, sustainable development monitoring and reporting. Specific duties can be tailored to match interns’ interest.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time (37.5 hours a week) for a duration of 2 – 6 months. This specific opening is for the period of May – August 2020 (start and end dates negotiable).


Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Basic research on selected aspects related to women’s economic empowerment, climate change and human mobility, urban development, social protection, disability, sustainable development monitoring and reporting;
Preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers,inputs to publications;
Substantive support to the implementation of technical cooperation projects, including on women’s economic empowerment, climate change and human mobility, urban resource management;
Support to the organization of meetings/seminars/workshops;
Other duties as might be assigned.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:
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.
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 ongoing 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.
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

Interns are also expected to:
Be computer literate in standard software applications;
Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
Have demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of different opinions and views.


Applicants must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:
1) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
2) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
3) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship.


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

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
Title of degree you are currently pursuing or recently completed;
Graduation date (actual or expected);
Main areas of interest;
IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
Time frame of your availability;
Explanation of your interest in this internship.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Please note that due to the large number of applicants, ONLY short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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