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Intern - Political Affairs, I (Temporary Job Opening)

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Switzerland  Geneva, Switzerland
Internship, Administrative, English, French, Arabic

Job Description:

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is located in the Geneva Branch of the Office for Disarmament Affairs, (COMPANY NAME) Office at Geneva (UNOG).
Successful candidates could work in one or more of several different areas which fall under the Branch's activities: the Conference on Disarmament, the Anti-Personnel Landmine Convention (APLC), the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). In addition, the Branch supports a large number of disarmament-related conferences.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time, and interns work five (5) days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of the Officer in charge of internship (Political Affairs Officer).

The internship is for a minimum duration of three (3) months and can be extended up to six (6) months depending on the needs of the service.


The intern will:
1) Provide assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, press releases and statements;
2) Provide assistance in maintaining records and datasets;
3) Attend and summarize conferences and meetings;
4) Conduct research, including document, legal and internet searches;
5) Provide assistance during conferences;
6) Work on web presentations and social media presence;
7) Fulfill other duties as required.


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.

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.


To qualify for an internship with the (COMPANY NAME), 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);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent).

Interested candidates must be pursuing or pursued their degree in areas related to this Job Opening.

In addition, interested candidates must:
- Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the (COMPANY NAME) 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 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) Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of an additional official (COMPANY NAME) language is an asset.

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat.


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 candidates who have been short-listed will be contacted

Source: Company website
Posted on: 25 May 2022
Type of job: Internship
Industry: Government / Non Profit
Job duration: 3 months
Languages: English, French, Arabic
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