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Intern - Political Affairs [Temporary

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Gabon  Libreville, Gabon
Internship, Culture/Humanities, English, French

Job Description:

The internship at the (COMPANY NAME) Regional Office for Central Africa is for at least two months on a full-time basis - This may exceptionally be extended for a maximum period of six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff, in consultations with the Heads of UNOCA's respective Divisions/Units.

Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship.

UNOCA 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.

The internship is located within UNOCA.

The intern reports directly to her/his designated supervisor within UNOCA.


The intern will be supporting UNOCA substantively and administratively and shall focus on the following duties:

1. Research, draft and update country/situation profiles and other background in preparation for meetings, reports, and other events.
2. Assist in the preparation of background notes, talking points and policy briefs for the meetings, missions, and other events organized or attended by UNOCA staff.
3. Contribute to the team's day-to-day tasks as needed, including administrative and communication matters.
4. Assist in the preparation of summaries and reports of discussions.
5. Attend and take notes at meetings; conferences; and other events.
6. Assist in other ad-hoc activities as instructed.



Demonstrates ability to monitor and analyze political, operational and security developments; to research and compile background materials, draft and edit written material in French; as well as to serve as note-taker at meetings and /or produce summary reports. 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. Supports the coordination of internal processes as assigned. Use of tact in and ability to handle confidential information on sensitive political issues with due discretion. Shows awareness of the work of the (COMPANY NAME).


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.

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.


To qualify for an internship with the (COMPANY NAME) Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1.Applicants at the time of application 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)

2. The area of study of the prospective intern is related to the functional areas of UNOCA's mandate and work programme.

3. Proficient in standard word processing and software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or similar; Be proficient in standard office automation equipment, scanner, printer, etc.).

4.Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the (COMPANY NAME) and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the (COMPANY NAME) Charter.

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 Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the (COMPANY NAME) Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the (COMPANY NAME) during your internship.


English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME). For this position, Fluency in French (both oral and written) and working knowledge of English is required.


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

Special Notice

Interns are not financially remunerated by the (COMPANY NAME). Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

Interns must keep confidential all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or pages based on such information except with the explicit authorization of the (COMPANY NAME) Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA).

A completed 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 will you be graduating from the programme?).
- Date from which you will be available for the internship.
- List the IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient. List your top three areas of interest and UNOCA's Division/Unit preferences.
- Explain your interest in the (COMPANY NAME) Internship Programme.

(COMPANY NAME) Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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, (COMPANY NAME) staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) including the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), 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.

No Fee


Source: Company website
Posted on: 06 Jan 2022
Type of job: Internship
Industry: Government / Non Profit
Job duration: 2 months
Languages: English, French
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