Work for the UN?

Some of you came along to the UN talk a few weeks back and enjoyed an interesting presentation from two UN representatives. If you want to follow up on this remember the Careers Service holds lots of information on working at the UN on its website: United Nations and you can also explore the UN Careers website

MyCareerHub is currently advertising unpaid internships of 4-6 months at the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) of the United Nations System (Geneva, Switzerland). Interns undertake duties similar to those expected from a Research Assistant, supporting the work of a team for a specific report, under the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer, to assist the Inspector(s) in the research work related to on-going projects of the annual work programme. Interns can also be involved in supporting the work to prepare future work programmes and other internal tasks of the Unit.

The intern will be assigned to different tasks depending on the status of implementation of the annual work programme of the unit. Normally, s/he will be assigned to be research assistant for one or two of the JIU’s reviews, under the direct the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer. As part of his/her duties, s/he will contribute to the research (desk review, review of basic documentation) and drafting work to support the review prepared by one or more Inspectors of the Unit. This entails analysis of key issues for the review, including comparative analysis of the work of the 25 participating organizations in this area, preparation of questionnaires and interview guides, analysis of information received, participation in interviews and preparation of minutes, preparation of analytical charts, graphs, tables etc.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the internship programme.
Background in one of the following fields: evaluation, management, public administration, international law, finance, development economics, international relations, political science as well as other social sciences or other related fields. Candidates with a background in inter-agency coordination, human rights, humanitarian assistance, project and programme fund management, programme and policy analysis, development assistance etc. are also encouraged to apply;
– Fully proficient in web-based research including use of online databases;
– Fluency in English (reading, writing, understanding, speaking); knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset;
– Experienced in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, including ability to readily prepare tables and charts and maintain and update databases via excel;
– Prior work experience, while useful, is not a prerequisite.

TERMS
– In line with the UN Administrative Instruction on internships (ST/AI/2014/1, 13 January 2014) candidates must at the time of application 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);
(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.
– Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (40 hours per week);
– Maximum duration of internship: six months;
– All internships are unpaid – no benefits are provided whatsoever.

Further details on MyCareerHub

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