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Intern - Humanitarian Affairs [Temporary

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Job Description:

The (COMPANY NAME) (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the (COMPANY NAME) 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 involves internship opportunities with OCHA Intergovernmental Policy Section (IGPS) 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 (COMPANY NAME). This includes, inter alia, preparing the annual reports of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretary-General on the coordination of international 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 operational and policy guidance and mandates on coordinating humanitarian assistance to OCHA and the wider humanitarian system. 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, (COMPANY NAME) agencies, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and humanitarian non-governmental organizations.

This internship shall be based in New York, Unites States. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, interns may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. The intern must therefore be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely, in agreement with the hiring manager, for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s), taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern. In the event the internship is undertaken remotely, the intern should be prepared to work, to the extent feasible, in accordance with the office hours in New York. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

IGPS is recruiting interns on a continuing basis primarily for the following periods:

* March-July 2021
* September- December 2021
* February - June 2022
* September- December 2022

Please indicate in your application your general availability and the preferred timing and duration of your internship, including your earliest possible start date.

Responsibilities

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.

Competencies

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.

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.

Education

To qualify for an internship with the (COMPANY NAME) Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
- Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation from an academic programme.

Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.

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

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

English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another (COMPANY NAME) official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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 degree you are currently pursuing;
- Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme);
- IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient;
- Three (3) references;
- Explanation why you are the best candidate for the internship position.
- Your general availability and preferred timing and duration of your internship, including your earliest possible start date.

Special Notice

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.

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 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 (COMPANY NAME) Internship Programme, OCHA internship provides a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the (COMPANY NAME) 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.

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.

(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: 13 Jan 2021
Type of job: Internship
Industry: Government / Non Profit
Job duration: 12 months
Languages: English, French
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