UNESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Org. Setting and Reporting The Section on Countries in Special Situations internship is for 6 months.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the division or office to which they are assigned.
The Section on Countries in Special Situations, comprising least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, is based in the Office of the Executive secretary and coordinates the work of relevant ESCAP divisions to support these countries as well as coordinating the annual Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership Report and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. With a focus on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the need to improve the capacity of policymakers in the region to development implementation strategies in an integrated manner.
Responsibilities To support research and compilation of the SDG Partnership Report and coordination of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. related to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. The intern will be working within a dynamic team and depending on the intern’s background experience, education, skills and interests, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
– Assist in background and preliminary research for the Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership report with a particular focus on SDGs 4, 5, 14, and 15.
– Provide logistical support to meetings and events being organized by the section, specifically preparatory meetings for the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development
– Assist in the development and delivery of training and learning events and other capacity development initiatives
– Collect images, sound bites, quotes and other media products for inclusion in the section’s advocacy work;
– Support development and analysis of a regional survey on implementation of SDGs 4, 5, 14, and 15
– Provide support in updating the related website with relevant material; and
– Support the team in their day-to-day activities and tasks.
and other duties, as required.
Competencies The United Nations Core Competencies include:
- Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
- Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
Education To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
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.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Assessment Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Special Notice REMOTE INTERNSHIPS (COVID-19): In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
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