Intern – Political Affairs, New York, United States At Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building

Closing date: Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Posting Title: INTERN – POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 13 April 2023 – 27 April 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-DPPA-206692-J-New York (O)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThe internships at the United Nations Office on Prevention of Genocide and Responsibility to Protect are for a minimum period of two months with the opportunity to extend up to six months based on the needs and requirements of the Office. The internship is an UNPAID and full-time engagement that provides a framework through which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations by way of their service within Secretariat entities. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of an OSAPG staff member. The role of the Office is to alert relevant actors to the risk of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, enhance the capacity of the United Nations to prevent these crimes, including their incitement, and work with Member States, regional and sub-regional arrangements and civil society to develop more effective means of response when they do occur. More information can be found on the website: The incumbent will report to the Political Affairs Officer and to the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and Responsibility to Protect. This internship is UNPAID and is designed to be in person and full-time (35 hours per week). It can be adapted for remote and/or part-time (20 hours per week) upon request.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the candidate’s background; nature of special projects, and internship duration. Duties may include but are not limited to: – Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents – Attending and summarizing conference and meetings – Assistance and logistics during conference and meetings – Assistance with inter-active presentations – Document, legal and internet research – Media analysis and research – Compiling statistics – Evaluation of projects – Preparation of projects – Preparation of briefing materials for managers and senior officials – Speech writing

EducationTo qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Program, the following conditions must be met: 1. 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 (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent); (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. 2. Be computer literate in standard software applications. 3. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter. 4. Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work ExperienceNo 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.

AssessmentPotential candidates will be contacted by the Hiring Manager directly for further consideration.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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