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Intern - Economic Affairs [Temporary

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Job Description:

This internship is located in the Housing and Land Management Unit of the Forests, Land and Housing Division of the (COMPANY NAME) Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) based in Geneva.

The UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit works to promote compact, inclusive, resilient, smart and sustainable cities; energy efficient, affordable and adequate housing, including for those with special needs and vulnerable population groups; transparent and efficient land use, and property registration.

The intern will support staff in their objective to provide effective secretariat support for the work of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management in the economic, social and sustainable development fields, including the Sustainable Development Goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The intern will be especially focusing on assisting the organization of the Forum of Mayors, the 82nd session of the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management; and the evaluation of cities' performance using the UNECE/ITU Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities.

The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Secretary to the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management.

Responsibilities

The intern is expected to contribute to the work of the Forest, Housing and Land Division, Housing Unit, as follows:

Within delegated authority, the duties of an intern are likely to fall mainly into one of the three functional areas below.

Economic and/or sector analysis:
*Collects, evaluates, interprets, analyses specified statistics and qualitative socio-economic information obtained from a variety of sources and pertaining to particular sectors, countries, regions or development topics.
*Maintains databases and programmes for database management and organizes non-quantitative information.
*Prepares briefing notes, inputs to speeches and similar material on economic or sector issues in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists;
*Prepares first drafts of sector, country or regional components of analytical studies on development issues and policies.
*Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc on development issues.

Intergovernmental support:
*Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
*Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports and similar material.
*Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
*Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc on development issues for inter-governmental processes.

Technical cooperation:
*Compiles and analyzes the data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical cooperation project proposals in the area of economic development.
*Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
*Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
*Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General:
*Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit's services;
*Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

*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 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& 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.

Education

- Applicants to the (COMPANY NAME) internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) 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 programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);

Be computer literate in standard software applications;

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

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.

Applicants for all countries are accepted and under-represented or un-represented countries in the UN are encouraged to apply.

Field of study in economics, data sciences, public administration or sustainable development is desirable.

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.

Languages

Languages English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. . Fluency in English is required for the Internship Programme. For this internship fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable.

Assessment

N/A

Special Notice

"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."

Special Notice The internship is for a duration of 3 to 6 months within the period from 6 January 2021 to 6 July 2021. Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.
The cover note must include: Title of the degree you are currently pursuing, Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme), List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in, Top three areas of interest, Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship position, Explain your interest in the (COMPANY NAME) Internship Programme, and your availability during the period considered.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. KINDLY NOTE THAT THIS TEMPORARY JOB OPENING IS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF AN INTERNSHIP WITH THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE. The Internship Programme is guided by Administrative Instruction ST/AI/2020/1 of the (COMPANY NAME) issued by the Under-Secretary-General for Management. Interns are considered type I gratis personnel. They are not staff members. The (COMPANY NAME) does not financially remunerate interns. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibilities of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns work five days per week. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. The (COMPANY NAME) accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage and provide a medical certificate of good health. The (COMPANY NAME) is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship. A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the (COMPANY NAME). 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 instruction, "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. Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The (COMPANY NAME) is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

(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

THE (COMPANY NAME) DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE (COMPANY NAME) DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS

Source: Company website
Posted on: 21 Nov 2020
Type of job: Internship
Job duration: 3 months
Languages: English, French, Russian
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