Org. Setting and Reporting
The Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (“IIMM”) invites applications for legal internships starting in January 2022 (exact date to be determined) on a rolling basis. The position is located within the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (“CASS”) of the IIMM, based in Geneva, Switzerland. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely.
Internships with the IIMM are unpaid and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00 (in the time zone in which the intern is located). The duration of an internship with the IIMM can range from a minimum of three (3) months to a maximum of six (6) months, according to the needs of the IIMM.
Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with the legal officers, investigators and analysts in CASS. The duties of interns may include, but are not limited to, conducting legal research and preparing analyses on issues relating to international and domestic criminal law, international human rights law and/or public international law; conducting research on factual and policy issues; contributing to the preparation of briefing papers, reports and/or public information materials; assisting in the compilation and review of information, documentation and evidence; proof-reading and editing documents; and drafting meeting records.
PROFESSIONALISM: Possesses excellent legal research and analytical skills; 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 organisational 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.
Applicants for an internship with the United Nations 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);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent); or
(c) have graduated with a first or second university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
Interested candidates must be pursuing or have pursued their degree in areas related to this Job Opening.
In addition, interested candidates must:
- have undertaken studies/training in law;
- be computer literate in standard software applications;
- have a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
- have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a tolerance of differing opinions and views.
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.
Experience working in a multi-cultural international work environment, conducting legal research and/or handling sensitive or confidential information is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat, for this position fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of other languages, particularly a Myanmar language (e.g. Burmese, Rohingya, Rakhine, Shan, Chin or Kachin), is desirable.
NOTE: “Fluency” equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of “fluent” in two of the four areas.
Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application.
Due to the high volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
United Nations Considerations
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.
A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) including ALL of the documents listed below is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- Dates of availability for full-time work.
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing or recently completed.
- Graduation date (when will you be graduating/ have graduated from the programme).
- IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- Explain why you think you are a good fit for this specific internship.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work and volunteer experiences, IT skills, and three references.
There should be no expectation of employment by the United Nations or the IIMM upon completion of the internship.
Interns are responsible for all internship-related expenses that they incur. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon award of an internship, interns are responsible for securing adequate insurance coverage and are required to sign and return a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of these conditions of service.
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 with any other family relationship to a staff member may be engaged as an intern, provided that they 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 instruction, “child” means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (step-child); 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 of the spouse of a parent of a staff member (that is, also half- and step-sibling).
Candidates of certain nationalities must obtain a visa authorizing their stay in Switzerland before they depart for Geneva to begin their internship. While this is the overall responsibility of the selected candidate, the IIMM will provide information and supporting documents in this regard.
**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.
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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