Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
This job opening announcement includes multiple full-time internship opportunities with OCHA Intergovernmental Policy Section (IGPS) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States. The intern will be under the general guidance and direct supervision of the Chief and Humanitarian Affairs Officers of IGPS. The internship is being offered for a minimum period of three (3) months and maximum period of six (6) months, depending on the needs and requirements of IGPS and the readiness of the applicant, and beginning at a mutually agreed time.
IGPS works to ensure intergovernmental support for strengthening the normative framework for humanitarian action through inclusive dialogue and partnerships with and policy support to Member States on humanitarian priority issues in the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. This includes, inter alia, preparing the annual reports of the United Nations Secretary-General on humanitarian assistance; policy advice and Secretariat support to Member States in the negotiations on annual humanitarian resolutions; organizing the annual ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment in support of the Chairmanship of the ECOSOC Vice-President; monitoring and promoting humanitarian priorities in relevant intergovernmental processes; supporting informal Member State forums. The work of IGPS is central to providing the policy guidance and mandates on coordinating humanitarian assistance to OCHA and the wider humanitarian system. United Nations intergovernmental processes provide a key opportunity for IGPS and OCHA to advocate for a strong humanitarian coordination system and build awareness, understanding and support for the international humanitarian system and for strengthening humanitarian action in support of field operations. The work of IGPS involves daily liaison with stakeholders such as Member States, United Nations agencies, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and humanitarian non-governmental organizations.
IGPS is recruiting multiple interns on a continuing basis primarily for the following periods:
- April/May 2022 – July 2022
- September 2022 – December 2022
- February 2023 – July 2023
Please indicate in your application your general availability and the preferred timing and duration of your internship, including your earliest possible start date.
The intern, under the general guidance of the Section Chief and Humanitarian Affairs Officers, perform a variety of tasks, depending on the internship period, including but not limited to:
- Engages in UN intergovernmental process and with Member States on humanitarian affairs;
- Contributes to technical policy advice and Secretariat support provided by IGPS to Member States in the negotiations on humanitarian resolutions in the General Assembly and ECOSOC, including with research, note-taking and other support.
- Supports planning and organization of meetings and events, in particular the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, its high-level panel discussions and side events organized on the margins of the Segment;
- Attends and reports back on intergovernmental meetings, events and informal consultations;
- Assists in drafting and preparing background documents, reports, issue briefs, talking points, presentations etc. on humanitarian issues;
- Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/issues related to humanitarian and other relevant policy issues;
- Maintains awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area, country or region concerned;
- Responds to a variety of inquiries and information requests internally and externally and prepares related correspondence;
- Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to gender equality within OCHA. Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, emergency relief assistance and related humanitarian rights issues. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources and conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, work under pressure. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(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).
Students who have completed the academic year prior to the final year of a first university degree but have not yet commenced to the final year are eligible for the internship programme but must provide proof of their continued enrolment.
The University degree must be in the area of political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or in a related field
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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.
Hiring Managers will conduct reviews of PHPs and contact applicants directly for further consideration. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills-set, and they will be assessed based on information indicated in their Personal History Profiles (PHPs). A completed on-line application is required and should include:
- Title of current/completed degree programme;
- Graduation date (past or expected);
- IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient;
- Three (3) references;
- Explanation of your interest in humanitarian affairs and why you are the best candidate for this internship position.
- Your general availability and preferred timing and duration of your internship, including your earliest possible start date.
United Nations Considerations
Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills and expertise. Applicants are asked to please indicate preferences which best match her/his suitability and do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both the intern and the receiving UN department.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of possible constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to United Nations premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this advertisement, "child" means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member's spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). "Sibling" includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.
In line with the United Nations Internship Programme, OCHA internship provides a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations through assignment to offices within the Secretariat. The Programme endeavours to attract qualified students, offering them an opportunity to enrich their educational experience through exposure to the work of the Organization. Equally, it provides the Office with the assistance of students specialized in various professional fields. The internship is an unpaid and full-time opportunity and the intern must adhere to the established official weekly working hours of the duty station where it is based with one hour for a lunch break.
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. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.
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.
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.
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