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Intern - Economic Affairs [Temporary

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New York, United States
Internship, Legal, English, French, Arabic

Job Description:

This internship is located in the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch (ITDCB) / Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) / Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The internship begins in March 2020 and is for two months with an opportunity for extension up to 6 months depending on the needs of the Office. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Department or Office to which they are assigned.

The intern will support the work of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). A core function of the (COMPANY NAME) Economic and Social Council, the DCF is the global multi-stakeholder forum mandated to review trends, progress and emerging issues in international development cooperation. It generates concrete guidance for policy makers and practitioners on the role of development cooperation in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

The next High-Level Meeting of the DCF will be held in May 2020 in New York. Extensive preparations and post-Meeting follow-up are involved, including research and analysis; strategic communication and outreach; and planning for high-level Symposiums organized around the world, in both developing and developed countries, with key activities taking place during the internship period in spring and summer 2020. For more information on the Development Cooperation Forum, please see: http://wxx.xx.xxx/xx/xxxxxx/xxx/xxxxx.xxxxl


Provide support to the work of the DCF Team and the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch by:
* Carrying out research for policy papers and contributing to data collection on key trends and emerging issues in international development cooperation and sustainable development. Research areas could include, but are not limited to, trends and challenges in: quality, effectiveness and impact of official development assistance (ODA); capacity development for domestic resource mobilization, data and statistics and science, technology and innovation; building resilience through risk-informed and climate-smart development cooperation; South-South and triangular cooperation; private sector engagement in development cooperation; and monitoring, review and impact assessment.
* Assisting in the substantive preparation, organization and servicing of the 2020 High-level Meeting of the DCF at UN Headquarters.
* Helping to disseminate DCF analysis, recommendations and policy guidance through various communication and outreach channels, in service of overall efforts to make the DCF's work more accessible and engaging to a wider range of stakeholders, including youth. This involves preparing a new concept and content for the top layer pages of the UN DCF website to present the work of the DCF in a more attractive and easily accessible manner. It also involves preparing content for UN social media activities, blog articles, news articles, and press statements on behalf of senior UN officials.
*Preparing and providing input for briefing notes, talking points, speeches and similar materials on development cooperation issues for senior UN officials.
* Following intergovernmental meetings of the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, and preparing draft summaries.
* Assisting with any other ad hoc assignments related to the DCF.

During the internship the intern will:
* Learn to prepare briefing notes, draft policy papers with concrete policy guidance and do background research for analytical work by the Secretariat focused on the latest trends, progress and emerging challenges in international development cooperation.
* Test and refine their skills of preparing outreach and communication materials, including social media and website content.
* Learn to organize and provide substantive support to high-level intergovernmental meetings
and policy dialogue, and gain experience in related inter-governmental, multi-stakeholder and
inter-agency processes.
* Gain insight into the conduct of international policy dialogue, consultations and negotiations, including on follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
* Learn to work in a truly international environment with diverse colleagues and stakeholders and engage with policy makers and practitioners at concrete level.


The (COMPANY NAME) Core Competencies include:
* Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
* Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
* Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view.

The intern is expected to:
* Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the (COMPANY NAME) and a personal commitment to the ideals of the (COMPANY NAME) Charter; and
* Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
* Have demonstrated knowledge about key trends in international development cooperation, and be familiar with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.


To qualify for an internship with the (COMPANY NAME) New York Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
* Applicants must 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); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
* Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat.


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

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
* Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
* Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
* List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
* List your top three areas of interest.
* Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
* Explain your interest in the (COMPANY NAME) Internship Programme.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills,
and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

(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.

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 Feb 2020
Type of job: Internship
Job duration: one month
Languages: English, French, Arabic
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