Intern - Strategic Coordination, Planning & Analysis

UN Executive Office of the Secretary-General
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship
  • Apply by
    Mar-30-2018
  • Posted
    Dec 06

Position description

Special Notice

The internship is for a minimum period of three months with possibility for extension up to six month. 

• Fall (September - December)
• Winter/Spring (January - April)
• Summer (May - August)

The United Nations internship programme does not provide remuneration.
All internship related expenses – travel, insurance, living etc. – are responsibility of the intern, sponsoring Government or institution.
The UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents, illness or death during the internship.
The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.
Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the end of the internship.
The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan.
Interns are not staff members and may not represent the UN in any official capacity.

interns work full time - five days per week.

Internships will focus on one of 3 tracks. In your cover note, please indicate which track you are interested in:

• Track 1: Coordination and Executive Support
• Track 2: Strategic Planning and Analytics
• Track 3: Policy Analysis and Assessment

Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be

Org. Setting and Reporting

We seek motivated interns to support the work of the Strategic Coordination Pillar in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.  

Interns may be assigned to one of the units reporting to the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, such as the Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit; the Political, Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights Unit and the Rule of Law Unit.

Interns report to full-time professional staff in these teams and focus on one of three tracks set out below.

Responsibilities

The intern will support one of the following three broad tracks:

TRACK 1: COORDINATION AND EXECUTIVE SUPPORT
• Support the preparation of senior-level management meetings, conferences and retreats
• Support the preparation of background and option papers
• Support the tracking and analysis of decisions and their implementation
• Assist in the preparation of speeches and talking points

TRACK 2: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ANALYTICS
• Support analytics on UN system-wide / cross-cutting needs, priorities, resources, risks and performance
• Support the analytics teams in maintaining key data sets, data models, indices and reports
• Develop dashboards and visualizations for senior managers and provide user support 
• Support data mining, process optimization, metrics development and forecasting

TRACK 3: POLICY ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT
• Help monitor, identify and analyze geographic, political and thematic global trends
• Support the preparation of analytical reports, papers, talking points and correspondences
• Assist in coordinating the formulation of strategies, programmes and policies
• Support the preparation of meetings, events, talks and visits

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 the audience
• Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Planning and 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

Technological Awareness
• Actively seeks to apply emerging technology across tasks
• Keeps abreast of available technology
• Understands applicability and opportunities of technology for the organization

Education

• Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: 

(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or 
(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, in particular Microsoft Word and Excel;

• Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations 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.


It is proposed that interested candidates have a broad range of educational backgrounds and pursuing studies in the following areas:

TRACK 1: COORDINATION AND EXECUTIVE SUPPORT
We seek candidates with relevant coursework in Public or Business Administration, Management, International Relations, Political Science or Economics.

TRACK 2: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ANALYTICS
We seek candidates with relevant coursework in Management / Strategy, Analytics, Statistics, Operations Research, Public or Business Administration, Engineering, Data Visualization or Information Design.

TRACK 3: POLICY ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT
We seek candidates with relevant coursework in International Relations, Political Affairs, Law, Geography or Economics.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in this internship, however do please list all experiences on your application as well as interests, skills and knowledge in the areas below: 

AREA 1: COORDINATION AND EXECUTIVE SUPPORT 
• Keen interest in international affairs, international organizations, management and change
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Proficiency in standard software applications
• Attention to detail and a passion for leadership support
• Experience in strategy / management consulting, policy work or executive support is an advantage

AREA 2: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ANALYTICS
• Keen interest in strategy, management, analytics and performance optimization
• Excellent presentation and communication skills (knowledge of Adobe InDesign / Illustrator an advantage)
• Strong knowledge of data management techniques, quantitative / qualitative analysis and data visualization
• Strong knowledge of analytics tools (e.g. PowerBI, Excel, PowerPoint, SAP Business Objects, Qlik, SQL, R) 
• Experience in strategy / management consulting, analytics or data visualization is an advantage

AREA 3: POLICY ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT 
• Keen interest in international affairs, humanitarian affairs, human rights and the rule of law
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Proficiency in standard software applications
• Attention to detail and a passion for big-picture analysis
• Experience in policy analysis and first field experience an advantage

Languages

Fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations 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 United Nations 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 At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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 United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Application instructions

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