CEPAL - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Org. Setting and Reporting This temporary opening is for the International Trade and Industry Unit in Mexico City (Visit Visit https://www.cepal.org/es/sedes-y-oficinas/cepal-mexico/comercio-internacional-industria/acerca for more information about this Unit) will last 3 to 6 months, depending on the needs of the Unit. Candidates may be selected throughout the posting period, on an “as-needed” basis. Internships are available throughout the year.
The Subregional Headquarters of ECLAC in Mexico was founded in 1951. The Office provides technical assistance to the governments of the countries of the subregion (Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama) to design, elaborate, follow-up and evaluate public policies that contribute to development and regional integration.
Responsibilities The candidate, under general guidance of the Chief of the International Trade and Industry Unit (ITIU) of ECLAC-Mexico City, is expected to undertake the following activities:
- Collects, evaluates, interprets, analyses specified statistics and qualitative socio-economic information obtained from a variety of sources and pertaining to particular sectors, countries, regions or development topics.
- Collaborate in the maintenance of databases and programmes for database management and organizes non-quantitative information.
- Prepares draft notes and similar material on economic or sector issues in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists
Compiles and analyses the data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical notes in the area of productive development and/or trade.
Competencies 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.
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 The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the ECLAC Internship Programme:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher, i.e. Master’s or equivalent, Ph.D. or post-graduate degree);
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 (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D. or equivalent) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
Work Experience No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
Are any of your siblings, children or parents employed by the United Nations Secretariat?
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Fluency in Spanish is required. Knowledge of English is desirable.
Knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset.
NOTE: “Advanced level” equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and “Intermediate level” equals a rating of “confident” in two of the four areas.
Assessment Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Special Notice The internship is for a minimum of three months with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Unit and availability of the intern.
Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship.
ECLAC accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service.
Interns normally work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit authorization of ECLAC.
A complete 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
– Graduation date (when you will be graduating from the programme)
– List your top three areas of interest/ department preferences
– Explain why you are the best candidate for the International Trade and Industry Unit
– Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
– Preferred duration and start date of the internship
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
United Nations Considerations According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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