Posting Title: UNCTAD Internship in the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Section, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN – INFORMATION SYSTEMS & COMMUNICATION
TECHNOLOGY Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 December 2017 – 22 December 2017
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 United Nations 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.
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 his/her 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 United Nations. 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.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This profile is for the sole purpose of the Internship Programme of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. There should be no expectation of employment within the UN after an internship. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above carrying international recruitment status in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. UN interns must have a valid visa.The Internship Programme is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (8 hours per day) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
This position is located in the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Section of the Science, Technology Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva. The ICT Policy Section carries out several research and technical assistance activities, as well as supports policy dialogue in the field of ICTs, e-commerce and the digital economy, for developing countries. In 2016, the ICT Policy Section launched the eTrade for all initiative, at the core of which lies the eTrade for all platform (etradeforall.org) an information hub that helps developing countries navigate the supply of technical and financial services available to drive development through e-commerce. Through the platform, beneficiaries can connect with potential partners, learn about trends and best practices, access up-to-date data and be informed about upcoming e-commerce events.
The period of this internship will be from 22 January 2018 through 22 April 2018 (with a possibility of renewal).
The intern will be requested to provide support to the on-going work of the ICT Policy Section, and to the eTrade for all initiative in particular.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
– Supporting the strengthening of the eTrade for all platform as a knowledge hub, including collecting relevant inputs for daily newsfeeds and for the monthly newsletter, and for the development of a creative content-writing and outreach.
– Assisting with the preparation, editing and graphic design of various written documents, e.g. reports, partners’ inputs, news items, web posts etc.;
– Supporting the design of knowledge products (factsheets, brochures, infographics or video material), including for the eTrade for all Annual Report and for the E-Commerce Week 2018 (16-20 April 2018), the annual venue for different stakeholders to discuss key challenges and opportunities arising the evolving digital economy.
– Contributing to brainstorming and develop creative storytelling, infographics, videos to highlight the contribution of e-commerce to development across the seven key policy areas of the eTrade for all initiative.
– Assisting in creation of content and identify relevant material to be posted on social media channels to raise the profile of the Section’s activities in the field of e-commerce and the digital economy;
– Supporting other activities as requested.
More generally, interns shall:
1. Observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 4 of the UN Internship Programme Administrative Instructions ST/AI/2000/9 & ST/AI/2005/11.
2. Provide the receiving departments/offices with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. The UN shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of the UN, the interns shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the UN in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law.
3. Respect the impartiality and independence required of the UN and of the receiving department/office and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UN.
4. Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the receiving department/office, they may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with the UN or the receiving department/office, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with the UN.
5. Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the UN or on the receiving department/office and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the UN.
-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.
-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.
– Keeps abreast of available technology.
– Understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office.
– Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
– Shows willingness to learn new technology.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations 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;
•Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations 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.
The University degree must be in the area of Media and/or Communications, Graphic Design and/or Multimedia Arts, economics, political science, international studies or a related field.
For more information and to apply, visit https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=89861.