Intern – Political Affairs [temporary], Beirut, Lebanon At Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon

Closing date: Thursday, 23 March 2023

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


Department/Office: Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon

Duty Station: BEIRUT

Posting Period: 09 March 2023 – 23 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNSCOL-204024-J-Beirut (A)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis internship is positioned in the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, located at Beirut (Yarze), Lebanon. The intern reports directly to the Chief Coordination Unit and liaises closely with members of UNSCOL’s political, Coordination, Public Information and other substantive units. The preferred duration for this internship is six months. Flexible working arrangements can be agreed with the receiving office. The intern is required to work the equivalent of a minimum of at least two months on a full-time basis in order to receive recognition of service as an intern. An internship under such arrangements must be completed within a six-month period. Applicants for this position are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as hiring may begin before the end of the vacancy posting period. Please read the ‘Special Notice’ paragraph carefully before applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The intern will provide support for the Mission’s Coordination Unit activities, according to a work plan and delivery schedule which will include, but are not limited to the following elements:

  •  Conduct research and compile information on the work of all United Nations funds, agencies and programs working in Lebanon with a special focus on the peace-development-humanitarian nexus.
  •  Conduct research and compile information on selected issues relevant to Lebanon and the Middle East region.
  •  Assist in the drafting of geographical and thematic fact sheets.
  •  Assist in the compilation of presentations, papers and other documents as required.
  •  Assist in the monitoring of local, regional and international media, including social media.
  •  Assist in the preparation and organization of events and outreach activities.
  •  Attend conferences, workshops and other relevant public events as an observer and report back to UNSCOL.
  •  Translate media items and other documents from Arabic to English or English to Arabic
  •  Archiving and other administrative functions.
  •  Perform any other duties as requested


  •  Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.
  •  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 and 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.
  •  Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

EducationTo qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet the following requirements: 1. (a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or, (b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent). The field of study must be closely related to the type of internship you are applying for. 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 Internet communication, searching, and Social media skills and 5.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.

LanguagesFluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French would be an asset.

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

Special NoticeA completed online application consisting of a Cover Note and Personal History Profile is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include: Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?), Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?), List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in, list your top three areas of interest, explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship, explain your interest in the United Nations Internship programme. Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the Professional and higher categories or at the FS-6 and FS-7 levels in the Field Service category during the period of their internship and the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof. A person who is the child, stepchild, sibling, and step-sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. “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.”

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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